Yamim Yafim & Uptown Hebrew 2024/2025


Our Sunday Yamim Yafim program is a fun and active camp-style program for Pre-K through 5th graders designed to foster a deep connection with Judaism through hands-on learning and relationship building. Over the course of the year, students will explore Jewish values, holidays, Torah, Hebrew, and more while creating friendships and bonds with one another that will last for years to come. Yamim Yafim models for our students all of the ways that Judaism is a relevant, integral part of their lives even outside of dedicated Jewish spaces. 

This year, we’re so excited to be able to utilize our recently renewed education building to create a wide array of dynamic programs that all of our students can enjoy. Our curriculum includes a large variety of activities from obstacle courses and relay races to  storytelling, discussions, drama, art, and cooking. With our enthusiastic staff and vibrant curriculum, Yamim Yafim instills a lifelong love and understanding of Judaism in every child, and we can’t wait to make memories with you this year!


All students in 3rd-6th Grades are automatically enrolled in our midweek Hebrew language program, Uptown Hebrew. With our stellar team of Hebrew teachers guiding them, students spend time each week in small groups with their peers, building up their reading and comprehension skills more and more each week. Uptown Hebrew sessions also include a short t’filah (prayer) service so students can immediately begin putting their hard work to practical use – a key ingredient to feeling confident and comfortable when their B’nei Mitzvah preparations begin. For more information, contact Cantor Margolius.


Transitioning to middle school brings a lot of changes to the daily routines and schedules of students and families. It is a time of immense social, emotional, and spiritual growth for those approaching their B’nei Mitzvah experience — a lifecycle moment that we eagerly look forward to celebrating with every one of our 13 year olds!

Beginning in 6th Grade, Yamim Yafim shifts to meeting every-other Wednesday evening – not on Sunday morning with elementary school students. Doing so allows us to continue building community bonds, deepening friendships, and exploring relevant, meaningful Jewish topics in the most dynamic and engaging ways possible and at a time much more friendly to the rhythms (and sleep schedules) of middle schoolers – with dinner and snacks also provided!

In 6th Grade, students continue attending Uptown Hebrew each Wednesday, and then on scheduled 6th/7th Grade Yamim Yafim weeks they stay for dinner and class. Throughout the year, they examine the broad history and contemporary components of becoming B’nei Mitzvah, their Jewish coming-of-age; they also explore ways that they can become involved in the Jewish community through hearing from guest speakers, taking trips to the Touro kitchen for cooking projects, and even some local field trips (more info on that soon!).

In 7th Grade, many students are in the height of their B’nei Mitzvah preparation process, and one of the goals of their Yamim Yafim experience is to help them feel even more supported, prepared, and excited for such a sacred moment. Throughout the year, 7th graders study the foundations of Jewish justice and peoplehood using Torah texts and Talmudic debates; many of their sessions center on welcoming guest speakers or inspirational community justice partners, and there are plenty of opportunities to take part in service projects and local field trips with their peers.


Our Wednesday evening 8th and 9th grade experience is designed to meet the needs of our teens who are busily balancing school, friends, family, and other important parts of their lives. In order to ensure they can come as often as they’re able to without missing out on too much when seasonal sports, performances, or extracurricular clubs require them to take a few weeks off, they continue to meet in the evening every-other week; even more exciting is that their 8th and 9th grade peers from Temple Sinai join them as well! Together we explore Jewish identity through hands-on experiences like cooking traditional Jewish foods, celebrating holidays, exploring Israeli culture, creating new traditions, and cultivating bonds with one another and the larger Touro community. Additionally, every other year we invite our 8th and 9th graders to participate in a weekend-long Civil Rights trip to Birmingham and Montgomery, AL (our next trip will be during the 2024-2025 school year). This trip, centered on visits to historically and culturally significant sites, explores the deep connection between the Civil Rights Movement and the American Jewish community in the South, and gives our 8th and 9th grade students a chance to get to know each other and their teachers/chaperones even better.

Like our other midweek evening programs, 8th and 9th Graders can count on there being dinner and snacks provided! Please feel free to reach out to Maya with any questions!


The oldest egalitarian Jewish life cycle event, Confirmation, is a Jewish learning experience designed to bring our 10th graders into more mature conversation with their Judaism. With our Senior Rabbi as their teacher and guide, Confirmation classes, held mostly on Sundays at 11:30, use text study, discussion, and hands-on opportunities to examine our Jewish faith, practice, ethics, history and peoplehood, vibrant philosophical issues that address key Jewish questions of our time. The Confirmation program culminates with a Shabbat service and ceremony on the second Shabbat in May, honoring each student and celebrating this rite of passage.