mensch • men(t)SH/

Noun: 1. a person of integrity and honor. 2. The kind of person you want your kid to be.

Mensch Academy is inspired, down-to-earth Judaism for kids and families. At Mensch Academy, kids build character, confidence, curiosity and a sense of who they are as Jews in the world through engaging in serious Jewish learning, prayer and exploration. Respecting each person’s mind and spirit, Mensch Academy is a space where kids feel loved enough and safe enough to take risks and experiment with Jewish tradition, making it their own and becoming the best versions of themselves.

What makes Mensch Academy different?

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My daughters actually come home and talk about what they learned, ask questions, ask us our opinions, and our experience there has opened the opportunity to have conversations I know we would not otherwise have had. 

Mensch Parent

Program Details

WHAT?

Pre-K, Kindergarteners (4-5 year olds) & Parents: You will explore Jewish holidays and prayers through text study, music, art, and conversation. Parents will have the opportunity to learn alongside their children, and also get to cultivate their own Jewish ideas with other parents.

  • One Sunday morning per month 10:00am – 12:00pm (pre-k and kindergarten cohort with parents).
  • Sep. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 21, Feb. 11, March 11, April 15, May 6 & June 10
  • One Shabbat family program over the year.

1st – 3rd graders: You will explore Jewish themes through text study, music, art, and conversation. You will develop your own big questions and ideas that you will express through designing and creating your own projects.

  • Tuesdays from 4:15pm – 6:15pm (drop-off program).
  • Four Sundays throughout the year (parents & kids).
  • One Shabbat family program over the year.

4th – 6th graders: You will explore Jewish themes through text study, music, art, and conversation. You will develop your own big questions and ideas that you will express through designing and creating your own projects.

  • Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 6:00pm (drop-off program).
  • Four Sundays throughout the year (parents & kids).
  • One Shabbat family program over the year.

6th graders: In addition to all of the learning mentioned above, you are beginning your journey toward becoming B’nai Mitzvah! Once a month on Sundays, you and your parents will explore big Jewish ideas and questions through text and guided discussion.

In 7th grade, you will prepare for your cohort group B’nai Mitzvah ceremony, which will take place at the end of 7th grade. At Mishkan, you will celebrate your B’nai Mitzvah with a small community cohort, AND you will design and research your own intensive Jewish project. Everyone in your cohort will present their projects at the B’nai Mitzvah ceremony, along with reading from the Torah, and co-creating the ceremony itself. At Mensch Academy, your journey toward B’nai Mitzvah is personally meaningful, and celebrated with a community of peers. 

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WHERE?

The Mensch Space

WHEN?

In 2017-18, Mensch Academy will meet from mid-September through mid-June (excluding Jewish and national holidays and school vacations).

WHY?

Families who come out of Mensch Academy know that they are the newest and most important link in the chain of Jewish people and tradition, owning their identity, modeling what it means to be a mensch, and creating an empowered, educated, inspired Jewish future. Read more about our vision and core guiding values.

Tuition and Fees

Grade Tuition Family Level Buildership*
Pre-k – K $450 $1800
1st-5th graders $1200 $1800
6th & 7th graders $1800 $1800

*Family level Buildership is a requirement to attend Mensch Academy. If you’re not a Builder, learn more and sign up here.
Please contact Rachel Cort regarding tuition assistance, or if you want to further support us by contributing to our Scholarship Fund.

The B’nai Mitzvah Journey

Jewish tradition teaches that the Torah was given to each person at Sinai according to their unique capabilities and strengths, each person hearing the voice of God and tradition in their own way. At Mishkan, we are exploring new ways for each child becoming B’nai Mitzvah to find their own voice, and to share it with others.  At Mensch Academy, B’nai Mitzvah students and parents will focus on learning big Jewish ideas together through text and guided discussion and projects. Kids will hone their ability to ask big questions, and will develop projects to investigate and express those questions (and maybe even some answers, too). Their ideas and interests will drive their learning.

Imagine your family @ Mensch Academy.

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Thank you to the vision and generosity of the Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund, a fund of the Jack Miller Family Foundation, and the Crown Family Philanthropies, who have helped make this program possible.