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Jewish Explorers

Jewish Explorers is a multi-age, enrichment program that welcomes Jewish and Interfaith families with preschool and elementary school-aged children. Jewish Explorers offers weekly and monthly classroom programs, and monthly Shabbat dinners and holiday celebrations, which provide opportunities for families to explore Judaism together and learn about Jewish values, culture, traditions, history, and holidays right in their local communities. Through a fun, innovative and experiential educational framework, Jewish Explorers engages, educates, and empowers families to find meaningful and relevant ways to practice Judaism in their homes and out in the community.

Jewish Explorers offers immersive weekly and monthly classroom programs as well as monthly Shabbat dinners, holiday celebration and community-partnered events in the Stapleton and Highlands communities. Families are welcome to participate in these programs even if they don’t live in these communities.

Stapleton Jewish Explorers K-5th Grade Program

Weekly drop-off program for children entering K-5th grade. Classes meet on Tuesdays from 4:15-5:30 pm, October – May, at the Central Park Recreation Center, 9651 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Denver, 80238. A light snack will be provided.

Stapleton Jewish Explorers K-5th Grade Tuition:

  • First Child: $507
  • Second+ Child: $468 (this discount offered to multiple children registered in same classroom program)

Stapleton Jewish Explorers K-5th Grade Class Schedule:

2018:
September: No classes in September due to Jewish holidays
October: 9th, 16th, 30th (No class: 10/23)
November: 6th, 13th, 27th (No class: 11/20)
December: 4th, 11th, 18th (No class: 12/25)

2019:
January: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th (No class: 1/1)
February: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
March: 5th, 12th, 19th (No class: 3/26)
April: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th (No class: 4/23)
May: 7th

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Highlands Jewish Explorers Family Program

This is a monthly Family program for 2-5 year olds. This class is designed for parents and grandparents to participate along with their student. Classes meet one Sunday each month from 10:30 am -12:00 pm, September-April, at the William Scheitler Recreation Center, 5031 W. 46th Avenue, Denver, CO 80212. A light snack will be provided.

 

Highlands Jewish Explorers Family Program Tuition:

  • First Child: $176
  • Second+ Child: $158 (this discount offered to multiple children registered in same classroom program)

Highlands Jewish Explorers Family Program Class Schedule:

2018:
September 30th
October 28th
November 11th
December 9th

2019:
January 13th
February 24th
March 17th
April 14th

Register Here

Highlands Jewish Explorers K-5th Grade Program

This is a monthly drop-off program for children entering K-5th grade. We offer a K-1st grade class and a 2nd-5th grade class. These classes meet at the same time on Sunday each month and run concurrently with the Family Program, from 10:30am-12:30pm at the William Scheitler Recreation Center, 5032 W. 46th Avenue, Denver, CO 80212. A light snack will be provided.

Highlands Jewish Explorers K-5th Grade Tuition:

  • First Child: $160
  • Second+ Child: $150 (this discount offered to multiple children registered in same classroom program)

Highlands Jewish Explorers K-5th Grade Class Schedule:

2018:
September 30th
October 28th
November 11th
December 9th

2019:
January 13th
February 24th
March 17th
April 14th

Register Here

Jewish Explorers Shabbat Dinners and Holiday Celebrations

Monthly Shabbat dinners and Holiday celebrations are open to Stapleton and Highlands Jewish Explorers families, their extended family and friends, and to the greater community. Dinners and celebrations alternate between these communities, September – March.

Jewish Explorers “Breakfast for Dinner” Tikkun Olam Shabbat — October 5, 2018

Highlands United Methodist Church Social Hall
6:00 – 7:30pm

Jewish Explorers and Judaism Your Way Annual Community Chanukah Celebration — December 2, 2018

Location and time TBD
*Note, this is a Sunday program, not a Friday night.

Jewish Explorers “Breakfast for Dinner” Tikkun Olam Shabbat — February 1, 2019

Central Park Rec Center Room B
6:00 – 7:30pm

Jewish Explorers “Nosh & Dessert” Passover Seder — April 14, 2019

Highlands United Methodist Church Social Hall
2:30-4:30pm

Scholarships available. For more information, please contact Cindy Coons at CCoons@JEWISHcolorado.org or at 303-951-8498. All information will be kept confidential.

For more information about Jewish Explorers or for assistance with registering for our programs, Shabbat Dinners or Holiday Celebrations, please contact Cindy Coons at CCoons@JEWISHcolorado.org or at 303-951-8498.

Cindy is the Founder and Director of Jewish Explorers, a program of JEWISHcolorado, which welcomes Jewish and Interfaith families with preschool and elementary school-aged children. Cindy helped create, develop, and grow this innovative multi-age program, which teaches children and their families about Jewish values, culture, traditions, history, and holidays through a fun, interactive, experiential educational framework. Jewish Explorers offers weekly and monthly immersive classroom programs and monthly Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations and community-partnered events.

Cindy earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy with a specialty in Pediatrics from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware. She has over 30 years of experience working with children and their families as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and as an educator and volunteer in the Denver Jewish Community. Cindy is excited to share her love of and passion for Judaism and teaching with the community and loves working with children and their families, providing opportunities to explore Judaism together in fun and meaningful ways.