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Jewish Education for Kids

ATiD, meaning future in Hebrew, is our Jewish after-school program, which consists of Monday afterschool experiences filled with soul, creativity and fun.

Mon, Oct 15-Jun 17, 4-6 pm

ATiD — Jewish Education for Kids reflects 92nd Street Y’s dedication to building a strong Jewish community of learners, today and for many years to come. Check out all we have to offer …

Kindergarten to Second Grade: Jewish Beginnings

Grades K-2 are lead by a group of early childhood specialist trained in our Shababa approach to intergenerational Jewish life, which uses play, spontaneity, music, puppetry and awareness to awaken children’s imagination and connection to Jewish words, ideas and holidays. Once a month, families will be invited to attend the last 20 minutes of class for a special project or song session.

Third to Fifth Grade: The Jewish Experience

Third through fifth graders are assigned a “homeroom” class based on their grade, where they will begin and end their after-school session, learning about a variety of Jewish topics. Children will choose one of three electives through which they can explore these topics from another perspective. The electives last six to ten weeks, and each child will attend three electives during the school year. Electives include classes like dance, drama, STEM, coding and cooking. After their 45-minute elective, students will return to their homeroom class to share what they learned with their classmates.

Sixth Grade: The Year of Torah

Grade 6 students will engage in an interactive, multimedia study of Torah to connect to the history, traditions, rituals and values of the Jewish People. Our students' experience will be further enriched by visits to the Jewish Museum and other institutions of Jewish interest.

Seventh Grade and Up: The Jewish New Yorker

Our oldest students will explore what it means to be Jewish in New York City by visiting local shelters, historical landmarks and synagogues while uncovering their own Jewish identities through informal learning, discussion and hands-on experiences.


92nd Street Y's ATiD program offers families enrolled in afterschool the opportunity to study Hebrew and/or 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the tuition for 2018-19?

Annual tuition for children in grades K-8 is $2,350.

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 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 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 through hands-on experiences from beginning to end!

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-2 teachers are early childhood specialists trained in our Shababa approach — intergenerational Jewish initiative, which uses play, spontaneity, music, puppetry and awareness to awaken children’s imaginations and connection to Jewish words, ideas and holidays.

Starting in our third-grade classes, our ATiD students choose one elective that they will do for six weeks per semester. These electives include, but are not limited to, STEM, improv and creative drawing.

How large are classes?

ATiD classes have between 7 to 15 students per class. Each classroom has two educators in each room.

Are there opportunities for families to participate in Jewish life?

One of the most important values in Judaism is community. 92Y thrives on bringing people 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 festivals. We also welcome families to participate in Shabbat dinners throughout the year.

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. Mitzvot are at the very core of our curriculum. In addition, we partner with local institutions to teach our students the meaning of Tikkun Olam — repair 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. We at 92Y are here to help families (or prospective students) and explore what feels right for them in expanding their Jewish identity. ATiD Grades 7-8 are not specifically focused on Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation; instead we continue to focus on learning about Jewish identity and tradition.

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 our resources.

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