Jewish Learning Adventures for Kids! Discovery Club engages kids ages 5-8 with interactive workshops that fuse their interests with Jewish content. With topics ranging from cooking to chess and drumming to farming, children are able to connect with Jewish values and culture through skill-building activities that nurture their specific interests.

This class has provided more dinner conversation than any other of [our son’s] activities. We could not be happier with Discovery Club.

Discovery Club Parent

Explore Our Workshops & Programs

Discovery After School Club

Now with transportation options from local schools! 

Discovery Club provides after school programs on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays with choices ranging from sports and swimming to farming and technology to crafting and cooking for kids in grades K-2, as well as community services projects, holiday learning and much more.

Discovery Club Workshops

Discovery Club workshops are great for children from ages 5-10 and for families too! Get involved and join your kids for Jewish learning adventures in cooking, drumming, robotics, chess, nature, and more. We have programs happening all over Greater Boston.

Discover More At Home

Discovery Club is all about hands-on fun! Here are a few kid-friendly activities to try out at home:

Activities for Little Hands

KIBO Robots

We built our programmable robot, chose our sequence of actions, and watched it light up and move!

Paper Flower

We made paper flowers at Camp Grossman. A great activity for spring and summer.

Colors of Nature

We used paint chips from the hardware store and pieces of nature we found on a hike, to get creative and colorful.

Meet Our Expert Instructors

Elizabeth Kaplan
Elizabeth Kaplan
Director, Discovery Club

Elizabeth Kaplan is the director of Discovery Club and an experiential Jewish educator. A former Urban Adamah Fellow, Elizabeth spent several summers launching a garden education program at URJ Camp Kalsman near Seattle. She has an MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and a Master's of Public Health from Tufts University.

Contact Elizabeth:  discoveryclub@jccgb.org or 617.558.6483
 

Melissa Lee
Instructor, International Chefs

Chef Melissa Lee is a former journalist and a graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. She has worked at Flour Bakery, Farmstead Table in Newton, and Blue Ginger, Ming Tsai's former restaurant in Wellesley. She has taught at numerous culinary schools and community education centers in the Boston area, including the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Create A Cook and Sur La Table.

Sharon Ellen Burtman
Instructor, Chess Challengers

Sharon Ellen Burtman is the 1995 United States Women’s Chess Champion. She also competed in two Women’s World Chess Championships. Sharon has over 30 years of teaching experience, and she was the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Chess Association Education Expo in 2014 and 2015.

Devon Barker
Instructor, Science & Technology

Devon Barker was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado where he filled his time with a mix of backpacking and robotics. With a degree in education, he taught technology and math before moving to Massachusetts to work for Temple Beth Elohim as a Youth Engagement Specialist. He looks forward to exploring the world through a scientific lens with Discovery Club!

Itai Gal
Instructor, Dazzling Drummers

Itai Gal is a teacher by profession and a musician by passion. He received a Bachelor's degree in Music Composition from SUNY Purchase and a Master's degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. He currently teaches Hebrew and Judaics at Kesher Newton and has worked with Teva, Eden Village Camp and BIMA. Itai is excited connect kids with their Jewish roots and teach them how music can be an expression of spirituality.
 

Focus Areas & Core Values

Our experiential learning model is rooted in four focus areas:

  • Nature (Teva)
  • Culture (Tarbut)
  • Technology (Technologia)
  • Movement (T'nua)

Our hands-on workshops are led by expert instructors who inspire young minds through Discovery Club’s Core Values: 

  • Wellness (Sh'mirat HaGuf)
  • Lovingkindness (Chesed)
  • Community (Kehillah)
  • Justice (Tzedek)
  • Kavanah (Direction of the Heart)

Learn more about Discovery Club