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.
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: Grown Ups Allowed!
Discovery Club workshops are fun for grownups too! Get involved and join your kids for Jewish learning adventures in cooking, drumming, chess, nature, and more. Check back for even more weekend workshops coming this fall in Newton, Metro North, and JP/Roslindale.
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)
Meet Our Expert Instructors
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.558.6483
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 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 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.
Devon Barker was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado where he filled my 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!