What is it?
An innovative unique Jewish education and enrichment afterschool experience that offers meaningful opportunities to develop skills in areas such as technology, yoga, physical fitness and modern Hebrew language. This exciting program meets on Thursday afternoons from October through June.

Who is it for?
Jewish kids in and around Riverdale in 2nd to 5th grade – Hebrew School/Synagogue membership not required. We aim to include public school, private school and day school students.

How does it work?
Participants choose two electives each semester. After supervised homework help and supervised free time, each child will attend both courses each week.

Sample Schedule:

Arrival– 3:45pm Homework help; snack; supervised free time
3:45pm – 4:45pm Chug Aleph (Elective 1)
4:45pm – 5pm Snack and Tefilot (fun learning Service)
5pm – 6pm Chug Bet (Elective 2)
6pm Dismissal

What is the tuition?
Participation includes two electives each week; supervised homework help and a (kosher) snack. The tuition for the year is: $900 for CSAIR Members; $1200 for non-members. Includes 30 scheduled sessions. Participants may enroll for trimesters at $350 for CSAIR members; $450 for non-members. Each trimester includes 10 sessions; two courses each session.

When do classes begin?
Classes begin Thursday, October 20th and follow the Public School and Jewish holiday calendar. The last class of the school year is Thursday, June 8th.

What electives are offered in the Fall?

Digital MediaDigital Media and Applied Technology
Participants will become skilled in the concepts and processes of visual storytelling with an
emphasis on creativity and production. Participants will learn techniques in all phases of
production from writing storyboards to shooting film and editing using the latest
production software. Participants will use these techniques and skills to create high
quality produced individual films exploring and expressing their Jewish identity. The
course will culminate with a film festival featuring their original works.

Course taught by Ari Handwerger: Ari has been an educator for 20 years. Currently working for the DOE as a multimedia and literary specialist, Ari integrates and differentiates technology into the learning process. With masters degrees from SUNY/ New Paltz in Educational Leadership, and in special Education/Literacy from Touro College, and a MA in Library Information Systems CW Post/LIU, Ari believes all students enjoy and succeed with creative multimedia applications such as digital media and coding. Ari is a CSAIR member and proud father of three daughters who inspire him every day.

Krav MagaGet in Shape with Krav Maga!
Participants will learn a love of fitness, self-defense skills and insight into Israeli culture.
Through games and exercises, kids will develop their physical skills, advanced mental ability and critical thinking skills. A focus is on fun, fitness, confidence, coordination and teamwork. Appropriate for kids at any current level of fitness, each participant will increase their strength and confidence. While developing physical and emotional skills, participants will learn about Israeli culture through personal stories and presentations.

Course taught by Krav Maga Centers of America: KMCA provides Krav Maga training and Israel education at camps, JCC's and synagogues as well as public schools throughout the New York metro area. For more information see www.kmcausa.com


HebrewModern Hebrew Ulpan
Learn to speak Hebrew! Participants will develop skills in modern spoken Hebrew through games, role-playing, music and creative instruction. No prior Hebrew knowledge necessary.

Hebrew for Hebrew Speakers
This unique elective is for native Hebrew speakers to achieve Hebrew literacy, explore Israeli culture and experience Jewish holidays, values and traditions. Led by a native Hebrew speaking instructor and taught in Hebrew, participants will explore Israeli-American identity and develop Hebrew and Jewish skills using Hebrew children's literature, music, art, drama and games.

Ulpan courses taught by Dorit Niven: A native of Israel, Dorit is currently in her 48th year as a teacher at Kinneret Day School.

What electives are offered in the Winter and Spring?
This winter/spring we will continue our current electives and add courses such as Coding/App Design. In addition, we are exploring options such as Photography, Jewish cooking and an outdoor skills experience. Suggestions welcome!

For more information email Mason Voit at educationdirector@csair.org