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Youth Learning + Engagement

Youth Learning + Engagement

Youth Learning + Engagement, or YL+E, is Temple Emanu-El's home for families with school-aged children. From Kindergarten through 12th grade, we welcome students and families into our education and engagement programs. This includes our primary Sunday morning learning program, small-group Hebrew for 3rd-6th graders, youth engagement programs through Youth Emanu-El and Teen Emanu-El, informative “In the Know” Parent Education series, family Shabbat worship opportunities, and our award-winning inclusion program, Lomdim. 

YL+E partners with parents in raising Jewish youth and inspiring them to act with chesed (kindness), rachamim (compassion), and  tzedek (justice) into their daily lives. In YL+E programs, youth and teens create relationships with each other and with adult Jewish role models, including Temple clergy, staff, and our phenomenal faculty.  

On Sundays, students spend time in their Judaica classes learning about Jewish holidays, Jewish and ritual symbols, Torah, Jewish values, history, heroes, Israel, and social justice. All of our students also participate weekly T’filah, led by our clergy. During these interactive musical worship services, students learn to pray, expand their prayer toolbox, and reflect on their own lives. In addition to their Judaica classes, Kindergarten through 2nd grade students rotate through specialists including music, library, Hebrew, and art. 3rd-9th grade students select interest-based electives throughout the year, including STEM, theater, art, Krav Maga, Teva (nature), and more!  

Temple Emanu-El is committed to ensuring accessibility and engagement for individuals with disabilities. If you or a loved one could benefit from additional support or accommodations in this area, please contact the office and we will make every effort to provide the needed support and look forward to working with you.  

For more information, contact the YL+E office at or at  214.706.0021.