Discovery Club invites kids ages 5-8 to connect with Jewish values and culture through skill-building activities that nurture each child’s 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

Jewish Learning Adventures for Kids

Discovery Club engages kids with interactive workshops that fuse their interests with Jewish content. With topics ranging from cooking to chess and drumming to farming, there's something for everyone at Discovery Club. Our unique programs run 60-90 minutes in length and are offered most days of the week. Sessions run 7-11 weeks in the fall, winter and spring.

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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)

Hands-On Learning

Baking raspberry rhubarb empanadas. Growing vegetables from garbage scraps. Harmonizing in Hebrew. These are just a few of the engaging activities Discovery Club participants can explore this winter.

NEW! The Discovery Clubhouse is open for early drop-off and late pick-up on weekdays. Discovery Club offers supervised free play time up to 30 minutes before/after each weekday class is held. No additional cost!

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Everyone Can Join The Club!

Discovery Club programs are subsidized through the generosity of donors who believe all children should have access to fun, meaningful Jewish learning. We welcome all families, regardless of background, family make-up, financial situation, or religious observance.

Discounts and scholarships are available for qualifying families. Please contact us for further information.

Discover More At Home

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

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.

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.
 

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