Young Families

Early Childhood

Blaustein Early Childhood Center offers half day, full day, and extended daycare options for children six weeks through kindergarten. Open year round from 7am-6pm. The facility is located within the JCC, in a seperate and secure Early Childhood Wing.

(Bridgewater)

 

Flemington Jewish Community Center Nursery School children grow and develop in a nurturing and stimulating environment.Based on a multi-sensory integrated approach, each child develops confidence, independence and life-long friendships while gaining a strong academic foundation.

(Flemington)

Kindercapers is a non-sectarian preschool for children 2-6 years old. Half day or full day classes offered; 2,3,4, or 5 days a week. Enrichment programs are also available.

(Belle Mead)

The Orchard Academy at Mountain Top School offers infant,toddler and preschool programs. We offer an education rooted in Jewish values; welcome all families regardless of religion or ethnicity to our community to promote a multicultural environment.

(Warren)

The Preschool Place at Temple Sholom offers programs for toddlers, 2, 3, and 4 year olds, kindergarten, as well as free playgroup for parents with children from birth-3 years of age. Enrichment programs, beforecare, and afterschool programs also available. 

(Bridgewater)

The Zimmer School serves infants, preschoolers, and kindergarten with full and half-day options. Our methodology is shaped by the shared values of Judaism, and Constructivist approaches to early childhood including Reggio Emelia and Montessori. Children learn in a creative, respectful, and evocative learning environment, growing into self-aware, empathetic, literate, and capable learners of life.

(Basking Ridge)

After School Enrichment Programs for ages 3-6, offered by the Blaustein Early Childhood Center

(Bridgewater)

JCrew Afterschool at the JCC offers a safe and fun environment where children can develop friendships and explore a variety of social, recreational, and cultural activities. We offer homework help daily and optional opportunities for special programming.

(Bridgewater)

Jewish Family

Programs

The Jewish community of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties offers Jewish LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone) programs designed for people of all ages and at all stages of life. Jewish LIFE is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties and the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, and is presented in partnership with the Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties as well as all of the Synagogues and Chabad Houses.

 

PJ Library provides stories with Jewish ideas and inspiration to share with your children. 310 children in Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties recieve free, award-winning books. PJ Library is for families with children ages 6 months through 8 years old with Judaism as part of their lives, regardless of background, knowledge, family make-up, or level of observance. 

 

Family Resources

The Expanding Horizons Special Needs program at Jewish Family Service includes a Social Skills Learning Group for ages 8-18, a Sibling Support Group, and a Parent Support Group, as well as adult programs.

Family Mentor Program at Jewish Family Service offers a volunteer visitation program for families feeling overwhelmed and isolated. A licensed clinical social worker provides an initial home visit and assesment. The social worker then matches a specially trained and supervised volunteer who makes a year-long commitment to visit the family weekly/bi-weekly.

Mental Health Outpatient Care at Jewish Family Service provides individual, couple, child, family, and group therapy. 

Worship 

Shabat B'Yachad and Shababa at Temple Sholom is an opportunity for young families to deepen their Jewish experience and knowledge, strengthen their commitment to God, promote love of Torah and involvement in Temple, encourage identification with Israel and the Jewish people, and participation in Jewish life and ritual.

(Bridgewater)

Temple Tots at Or Chadash is a parent/child Jewish content playgroup that meets once a month from 11 to 12 noon ans gives young families the opportunity to socialize in a Temple setting. 

(Flemington)

Torah Tots at Temple Har Shalom is an informal educational family program for children ages 3-5 and their parents. Programs are free to attend and open to the entire community: members, non-members and families, regardless of their religious backgrounds.

(Warren)

Tot Shabbat at the JCC is from 10:30 to 11:15 am on the last Friday of every month. Free to JCC members; $5 per day/family. Bring your child or grandchild and join in the Shabbat fun with candle lighting, Kiddush, and yummy challah. Listen to a PJ library story and craft project. Socialize and meet other families in our community. The program is suited for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

(Bridgewater)

Religious Schools

Breitman Family Chabad Hebrew School -Kindergarten through Grade 7. Meets during the scholastic year on Sundays from 9-11:30 am, and on Wednesdays 4:30-6pm for grades 6-7. Explores Judaism in a fun and meaningful way, and strengthens students' "Jewish connection" through hands-on activities (ccoking, crafts, song, art), discussions, and texts. Uses the acclaimed Aleph-Champ Hebrew reading program. We developed and published our own curriculum, which has been translated into multiple languages and is utilized globally. We have a unique approach to Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations, and the "training" and preparation towards the event.

(Basking Ridge)

Chabad Hebrew School -Kindergarten through Grade 7. Meets during the scholastic year on Sundays. Our Hebrew reading program begins with letter recognition for our youngest children. Grades 1-7 use the Cap It! Learn to Read Hebrew program. Our goal is that upon graduation, every child will be fluent in and comfortable with reading Hebrew, especially the common parts of the liturgy. Lessons on each Jewish holiday fill the calendar as we proceed Rosh Hashanah and the High Holidays through Hannukah, Purim, Passover, and the festival of Shavuot. Prayer time focuses on the study and understanding of prayer and the Siddur (prayer book). They also learn wonderful songs from both the liturgy as well as songs about Jewish life and traditions.

(Clinton)

Kehilat Shalom - Kindergarten through 7th grade; meets Sundays from 9am-noon, September-May.

(Belle Meade)

Flemington Jewish Community Center - Students are taught to read the Hebrew of the prayer book and the Bible with proficiency, and are encouraged to conduct all, or part, of our adult religious services at an early age. They are taught the meanings of the major holidays and the proper performance of the rituals associated with them. They gain a good working knowledge of the first five books of Moses and of the key events in Jewish history. If students continue beyond the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, they become acquainted with later books of the Bible, the classic Rabbinic texts and the way in which Judaism looks at different social and political issues.

(Flemington)

Congregation Knesseth Israel - We focus on the individual needs of our students, and are able to tailor instruction to meet those needs. Religious School is on Sundays from September through May. K - 2 meet from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm to study holidays, culture, history and some Hebrew. Grades 3 - 7 meet from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm to study the Hebrew language and Judaic studies. Students are placed in Hebrew language classes according to their proficiency. All the students attend a short “learning” service to become familiar with the prayers and sections of our Saturday morning service. Each child has an individual Bar/Bat Mitzvah where they can shine! Bar/Bat Mitzvah year students also meet with the Rabbi on Tuesday afternoons, learn to chant their Torah and Haftarah portions and prepare to lead the Friday night and Saturday morning services.

(Bound Brook) 

Or Chadash - Grades K-2 meet on Sundays from 10:15 am-12 pm; Grades 3-6 meet on Sundays 9am-12pm. Grade 7 meets on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 pm; Grades 8-10 meet 1-2 Thursdays a month from 6:30-8:15 pm for dinner and a program. The Confirmation students are involved in Tefillah (weekly worship service), music, arts and crafts, library, and other special activities chosen to enrich holiday celebrations or curricular themes. The program includes a trip to Washington D.C., to participate in the L'Taken Social Justice Seminar of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

(Flemington)

Temple Beth-El - Religious school is held Sunday mornings from 9-11 am for children in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 6. Afternoon hebrew school meets on Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. We designed our religious school program to meet our children where they are, emotionally and intellectually, starting with our youngest learners (three and four years old) through our high-schoolers in Post Confirmation.

(Hillsborough)

JSchool (Temple Har Shalom) - Kindergarten through 6th grade that meets Sunday mornings. Grades 3-6 also have Hebrew classes Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. 

(Warren)

Temple Sholom - Nitzanim is Temple Sholom’s program for our youth beginning in kindergarten and moving up at the end of 7th grade into the next phase of their education at Hebrew High. Nitzanim is the name of our school and it means flower buds or new beginnings in Hebrew. This name connects to our childrens’ formal Jewish learning beginning here at Temple Sholom. We cannot wait to see how they will blossom into the young, socially conscious Jews that will become our future leaders.

(Bridgewater)

 

Jewish Camps and Summer Experiences

Art and Nature Camp at Zimmer Preschool runs from late June through August. Sessions are 2 to 8 weeks, 3-day or 5-day options. 9 am - 2 pm, extended hours 7 am to 6 pm. For children 18 months - 5 years. Infant program available for 6 weeks -18 months (limited spaces). Early day option for children 3 and under: 9am - 12:30 pm.

(Basking Ridge)

Camp Gan Israel of Hunterdon County is for ages 3-13. Four 1-week programs (M-F), 9 am - 3:30 pm. Extended care available 7:15 am - 6pm. Camp Gan Israel is dedicated to enriching the lives of children from diverse Jewish backgrounds and affiliations through a stimulating camping experience.

(Flemington)

Camp Ruach at the JCC is for children in grades K through 9. Runs 8 weeks, starting in late June. 9am - 4pm; half days for children ages 2-4. Early Care and Late Stay available. At Camp Ruach, we are committed to our Jewish heritage, identity, and values and are also very proud to be a non-sectarian and diverse center- open to all children and families. We encourage individuals of all faiths, cultures, genders, religions, financial status, and background to be a part of our camp family.

(Bridgewater)

The Orchard Academy at Mountain Top School's Summer Session runs from June 28 - August 20, offering flexible weeks, days per week, full- and half-day options for children 2-5 years of age.Summer Session includes outdoor and indoor crafts, music, water time, sports, dramatic play and more. Additional options are available for 3 month - 2 year olds. All families are welcome regardless of religion or ethnicity, to promote a multicultural environment.

(Warren)

 

 

Flemington Jewish Community Center Camp Flemington Jewish Community Center Nursery School offers a "Summer Bunch" program for children ages 2-5. Summer Bunch runs from June 28th to August 5th, on Monday through Thursday from 9:30AM to 12:30PM. Each week has a theme, and is filled with fun, creative arts, indoor and outdoor games, and water play.

(Flemington)

Summer Camp at Kindercapers is for preschool children ages 2 - 6. Runs from mid June through July, 9 am - 2 pm. Focuses on the social, emotional, and academic growth of each student.

(Belle Mead)

Jewish Overnight Camp and Israel Experience Scholarship Opportunities

 

 

Scholarships for overnight Jewish camps and Israel summer programs are available to Jewish children between the ages of 6 and 18 who live in Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties.