We believe that parents of diverse Jewish backgrounds possess a desire to raise their children to be good, compassionate people grounded in strong values. They may choose to be members of a synagogue, or they might be unaffiliated at this stage of their journey. Whatever path they are on, they want their children to know Jewish traditions and stories and to begin to discover the joy of their heritage. We also know that at the time their children reach the age of Pre-K (the year immediately prior to Kindergarten) or Kindergarten, they may not be ready to make a commitment to expectations or requirements of attending traditional “religious school.” This is our inspiration for JQuest @ Shaare Emeth!
JQuest @ Shaare Emeth is a joyful start to Jewish learning for “Jew-ish” families with young children (Pre-K and Kindergarten). This learning adventure is a developmentally appropriate program that builds upon parent-child co-learning experiences and is open to the entire community, without barriers to participation.
With the generosity of the Louis and Pauline Krasner Fund, we are able to make JQuest tuition-free for every single child. A small materials fee of $36 is the only cost for this incredible experience. With no obligation to membership or paying tuition, this is our gift to the children and families of the St. Louis Jewish community.
JQuest will be made up of weekly Sunday morning programming just for kids, led by an amazing team of educators, as well as family co-learning experiences. These family gatherings will bring parents and guardians together with their children for fun, creative Jewish experiences they can do together. Multiple times a year, JQuest will meet for the next adventure. It might be a holiday celebration at the park, a day of learning about tikkun olam (repairing the world) working in the Mitzvah Garden, parent-only gatherings to debrief the challenges of parenting in a digital age, and more. We can’t wait to have you join us for this unique, totally fun and accessible program!
Questions? Contact Emily Cohen, Director of Family Engagement and Membership, via email.