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 projects that fuse their interests with Jewish content. 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)
  • Direction of the Heart (Kavanah)

Discovery Club 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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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.

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: or 617.558.6483

Melissa Lee
Instructor, International Chefs

Melissa Lee is a former journalist who became a professional chef. She graduated from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and then worked at Flour Bakery in Boston. Melissa's articles about baking with children have been featured on popular Taiwanese websites, and she has received rave reviews from Discovery Club families.

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.

Rachel Kaufmann
Instructor, Nature Navigators

Rachel Kaufmann has taught natural science as an AmeriCorps member with New Hampshire public schools, with the US Forest Service in North Carolina, and in Montana’s Glacier National Park. She looks forward to meeting many new Nature Navigators this fall.

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