Our K-2 students, called “Mensches,” explore big ideas through stories, hands-on activities, music, and movement, as well as prayer during our weekly family services. The Lab’s goal for this age group is to make Hebrew and prayers, and synagogue and Jewish vocabulary, accessible to students and families.

Each year we focus on a “Big Idea” that is woven through the curriculum and explored through Torah stories and Jewish holidays. Year-long big ideas have included: our relationship to our Jewish community and Israel (2022 – 23 focus), our relationship to our world and the seven days of creation, and our relationship to others and the Seven Middot (character strengths)

Family Time at the JLL

Each weekend program includes a weekly tefillah (family service), led by our clergy and educational leadership.

Special family programs are held throughout the year, including a WRTeam at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, an off-site apple picking trip, the Sukkah Slam, Shabbat celebrations, and more! See the JLL calendar for details.


Programming for Jewish Learning Lab typically begins in the middle to end of September. The schedule for K-2 is:

Kindergarten/ 1st Grade / 2nd Grade: Monthly Mensches
Meets nine times during the school year
Alef: Sundays, 9–11am
Bet: Sundays, 10:30am–12:30pm

Kindergarten through 2nd Grade: Mensches in Training
Alef: Sundays, 9–11am
Bet: Sundays, 10:30am–12:30pm
Sharing Shabbat: Saturdays, 9am–12pm