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ATiD

Jewish Education for Kids

ATiD, meaning “future” in Hebrew, is 92Y’s joy-filled Jewish education program for elementary and middle school aged children.

Mon, Sep 9-Jun 15, 4-6 pm

If you are enrolling your child or children for grades K, 1, 4, 5, 6, please email Stephanie Davis.

ATiD Shabbat Mornings

ATiD Shabbat Mornings enable parents and children to learn Judaism together. Throughout the year, ATiD creates drop-in Shabbat morning experiences full of learning and song, so that families can spend time together, experience Shabbat and learn about being part of a larger Jewish community. ATiD Shabbat mornings are open to the larger community, and are encouraged but not mandatory for ATiD students and families. Bring your friends as we create a Shabbat open to everyone.

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Our talented educators help students learn about and celebrate Jewish life meaningfully.

Kindergarten to Third Grade: Jewish Beginnings

Grades K through 3 will explore Jewish holidays and Torah stories. Through crafts, music and hands-on learning, our students will begin their connection to Jewish holidays and everyday Jewish life.

Fourth and Fifth Grade: Bar/Bat Mitzvah Basics Level 1 and Jewish Values

Fourth and fifth graders will start learning the tools they need to feel confident and make their Bar/Bat Mitzvah meaningful. They’ll further their Jewish learning with “big idea” topics such as repairing the world - tikkun olam, justice - tzedek, kindness - chesed, and other Jewish values. Students will also participate in elective classes that last six to ten weeks. Past electives have included dance, drama, Israel, coding and cooking.

Sixth and Seventh Grade: Bar/Bat Mitzvah Basics Level 2 and the Jewish New Yorker

Grades Six and Seven will continue their spiritual preparation for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, learning the prayers and rituals that are part of becoming a Jewish adult. Our students' experiences will be further enriched by visits to the Jewish Museum, historical landmarks and synagogues, and other sites of interest, where they can live out the Jewish values that they discuss in class.

Bat/Bar Mitzvah Tutor and Officiant Matching

92Y’s ATiD program offers families enrolled in afterschool the opportunity to prepare for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah through individualized tutoring. Families can select a variety of tutoring packages from six to eighteen sessions for 45–60 minutes. Tutors are matched with families based on their unique needs and personalities.

92Y also connects families with vetted bat/bar mitzvah officiants (rabbis, cantors and others) and with other resources that will allow them to have the traditional or creative Bat/Bar Mitzvah ceremony that meets their family’s needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

The school year has already started! Can I still enroll my child?

Yes—mostly! We still have space in our Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, and middle school classes. We’d love to have your child in any of these grades join us. Register now.

Our 4th-5th grade classes are at capacity and we are unable to accept new students at this time.

What is the tuition for 2019-20?

For the 2019-2020 school year, full annual tuition for children in grades K-8 is $2,200.

Do you offer a sibling discount?

Yes, we offer a discount of $85 off the second enrolled child’s tuition (and any additional siblings).

Are scholarships available?

Yes! All 92Y scholarships are handled by Beth Teitelman, Director of Scholarships at 92Y.

Is transportation available from my child’s school to ATiD?

Transportation and after-school care is offered through 92Y’s After School program. This service includes chaperoned transportation from your child’s school to 92Y, activities, a healthy snack and an escort to the ATiD classrooms when the program begins at 4 pm. The cost is $495 per child per semester. A sibling discount is offered. To learn more, visit 92Y.org/After-School or check off the transportation information box on the ATiD registration form and we will contact you with more details.

What is the mission of ATiD?

Our goal for the ATiD community is for students to explore their Jewish identity in a fun and warm environment. We hope to create a life-long positive relationship between our students and Judaism. With our curriculum they will laugh, sing, eat, create, collaborate and learn what makes being Jewish so great!

Will my child be sitting at a desk for 2 hours?

After a full day of school, we feel the best way for children to learn is to get them moving and engaged with hands-on activities. Our K through 3 educators will lead students through their beginning stages of exploring their Judaism through creative activities play, all the while engaging in meaningful learning!

Starting in our fourth and fifth grade classes, our ATiD students will choose one elective that they will do for six weeks per semester. These electives include, but are not limited to, STEM, improv, creative drawing and more! Fourth and fifth grade students will continue their experiential learning as they develop their Jewish identity.

In our sixth and seventh grade classes, students will begin spiritual preparation for their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs with deep conversations about Jewish values. They will also participate in outdoor experiences and trips, exploring what it means to be a Jewish New Yorker!

How large are classes?

ATiD classes do not exceed 15 students. Each classroom has one lead educator and one assistant educator to ensure that students get all the attention they need on their Jewish journey.

Are there opportunities for families to participate in Jewish life?

One of the most important values in Judaism is kehila- community. 92Y thrives on bringing families together by celebrating our rich traditions and holidays. We value the importance of having our students share what they’ve learned with the community. There are many opportunities for them to do so and for families to celebrate together.

At 92Y, we offer youth and family services for High Holidays, a family Passover Seder, as well as Chanukah and Purim concerts, and our seasonal Shabbat dinners.

This year, we are excited to introduce ATiD Shabbat Mornings! At these monthly Saturday morning experiences, parents and children join together to sing and learn, followed by challah and grape juice. These Shabbat mornings aren’t a required part of ATiD, just an amazing way to spend time with your family, while learning together. ATiD Shabbat Mornings are open to the public, not just registered ATiD families - so join us!

Can ATiD help my child find a mitzvah project?

Yes, we are happy to work with your child to develop their ideas and connect them with organizations. In addition, we partner with local institutions to teach our students the meaning of Tikkun Olam — repairing the world.

My child isn’t sure about having a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony. When does our family need to decide if that’s right for us?

Preparation for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah traditionally begins in Grade 7 so that the ceremony can be performed between the ages of 12 and 13. At 92Y we’re here to help families (or prospective students) explore what feels right for them in expanding their Jewish identity. If you’re interested in speaking with someone about making this decision, our Rabbis would be happy to connect with you.

If a child decides later (at any age) that they’d like to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, we are here to connect your family with vetted tutors and officiants.

Can I have my child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony at 92Y?

Yes, 92Y hosts many Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies and receptions annually. We’ve also helped families organize ceremonies at other venues and locations, including Israel! ATiD staff will work with you closely to help you with your needs. For more info about rentals, click here.

Contact Us

  • Email: ATiD

  • Program Manager: Rick Rosenbluth: 212.699.7243

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