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

Register for the 2019-2020 school year!

For children in grades K-3, this after school program, infused with Jewish values, offers workshop choices ranging from sports and swimming to cooking and technology.

Transportation is available from local elementary schools.​

Discovery Club Workshops

Explore Jewish learning adventures in art, farming, robotics, chess, nature, and more. Discovery Club workshops are great for children from ages 5-9.

Meet Our Expert Instructors

Gary Alpert
Discovery Club Director & Youth Program Specialist

Gary founded and then led the after school program at Jewish Community Day School for 14 years. Most recently, he was Director of the Ambassadors for Inclusion program for Gateways, and, in addition to freelance work as a disability consultant, has served on the board of Understanding Our Differences, including a three-year term as co-President. Gary lives in Newton with his two children and their giant dog Leroy. In his spare time, Gary is a professional photographer covering live music events.

Shirah Hill-Cohen
Program Coordinator & Group Leader

Shirah is a graduate of Skidmore College where she studied Health and Exercise Science. She is a fluent Hebrew speaker and has taught english as a teaching fellow in Israel. She also served as a counselor and Sports Director at a Jewish summer camp in Pennsylvania for many summers.

Emmie Rosenberg
Group Leader

Emmie has worked with Discovery Club as a Program Coordinator, and now as an instructor (also known as a Group Leader). She is currently working towards her Masters degree in Jewish and Special Education at Hebrew College. In her spare time, Emmie coaches and rows crew.

Devon Barker
Instructor, Science & Technology

Devon 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!

Julie Middleton
Instructor, Artful Journeys

As an undergraduate Julie studied both Art History and English Literature at Ithaca College.  After receiving her degree, Julie furthered her education at Tufts University, earning a Certificate of Museum Studies with a concentration in Museum Education.  Julie went on to work in the Education Departments of both the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where she created and implemented programs and public tours that helped visitors of all ages look at, think about, and discuss art. Julie is the mother of two children and is always working to find fun, new, and creative ways to introduce art and art history into their lives and believes it is never to early to start learning to look at and discuss art. She uses her enthusiasm and experiences to run Artful Playdates, an art appreciation program for kids ages 4 and up.

Emily Hall
Instructor, Music with Emily: Once Upon A Song

Emily loves all things musical, especially her two-year-old son, Sawyer, six-year-old son, Thomas, and the children she teaches and entertains through her interactive concerts, DVD’s, CD’s, internet videos and classes at her family-owned business. Emily began her career at age 4 performing in her family band, The Hall Family or The Hallabaloos. Later, she performed leading roles at regional theaters across the country, culminating in appearances at City Center, NYC and on Broadway. Having studied voice at Boston Conservatory of Music here in Boston, she has come full circle and is thrilled to be back in MA - teaching her own mother's early childhood music program that has been around for 45 years! She can't wait to add her own musical twists to her mom's music program with you and your children.

Reva Haselkorn
Director of Education, Newton Community Farm

Reva was born and raised in Newton Centre, around the corner from the library. She is thrilled to be back in her hometown playing in the dirt, growing and eating delicious food, and teaching and learning with kids of all ages at the farm.

Sharon Ellen Burtman
Instructor, Chess Challengers

Sharon 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.

Nature Exploration

Just beyond our doors - in city and suburbs alike - there is a wondrous world of natural activity. Whether in a local forest, pond, or even the park at the end of the block, the cycle of life and the daily happenings of nature can delight a young child's unbridled curiosity all year round. PUDDLESTOMPERS' mission is to connect youngest naturalists to the open spaces in their communities. By providing children and families with seeds of interest and tools of exploration, PUDDLESTOMPERS seeks to help build the foundation for a lifelong enjoyment, love of the outdoors, and a lasting stewardship of nature. A percentage of PUDDLESTOMPERS' revenues are given to the host towns to support local environmental education and/or conservation efforts. 

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)

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.

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