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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 Rick Rosenbluth.

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

Kindergarten to Third Grade: Jewish Beginnings

Grades K through 3 will explore Judaism through song and meaning. With the help of crafts, music and hands-on learning, our students will begin their connection to the holidays within the Jewish calendar and everyday Jewish life. Once a month, families will be invited to attend the last 20 minutes of class for a special family event or song session.

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 “larger idea” topics such as repairing the world - tikkun olam, justice - tzedek, kindness - chesed, and other Jewish values. Children will also choose one of three electives through which they can explore these topics deeply. These electives last six to ten weeks, and each child will attend three electives throughout the school year. Electives include classes such as dance, drama, STEM, coding and cooking. At the end of each semester, families will be invited to an elective showcase where students will present what they created during the year.

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

Grades Six and Seven will continue their spiritual prep for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, learning the ideals and rituals that are part of becoming a Jewish adult. Our students' experience will be further enriched by visits to the Jewish Museum, historical landmarks and synagogues, and other sites of interest to broaden their love of Jewish life, and in particular all that Jewish New York has to offer.

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 child’s needs.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the tuition for 2019-20?

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).

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

Transportation and after-school care is offered through our NOAR 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/NOAR 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 to have our students explore their Jewish identity in a fun and warm environment. 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. Classrooms also have one educator and one assistant educator per classroom to ensure 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 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 something new: , ATiD Shabbat Mornings! At these monthly Saturday morning experiences, parents and children join together to sing and learn, followed by refreshments!! 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.

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