Nitzanim: Adventures in Jewish Learning for Kids & Families

(Nitzanim means “buds” or “blossoms”.)

The Ner Shalom Nitzanim program – a new offshoot of our Saplings program, and Ner Shalom’s successor to J School* – is a rich and exciting offering for young people, K-8, and their families. It is an opportunity to deepen in Jewish experience and learning through song, prayer, nature, art, story, movement, text and discussion. Through the Nitzanim program, we will nourish our young people so they can blossom and draw sustenance from Judaism’s deep, deep roots.

Nitzanim will gather twice monthly in the fall to have shared adventures and to engage Judaism in both traditional and non-traditional ways. Each session will involve age-appropriate adventures in small groups. Some will also include separate adventures for parents – learning more about how to invite a more Jewish feel in your home, or exploring how to navigate the intricacies of being an interfaith family.

In the spring we will partner with Wilderness Torah’s B’Hootz program, using the experience of nature to learn Jewish values and holidays. We will also continue to hold several Nitzanim-only events and field trips, culminating in a camping trip in May.


The more your child attends Nitzanim, the more engaged they will be, the more they will learn, and the more they will develop a community of peers. (You too, by the way.) We have several ways to enroll in Nitzanim.

Season Subscription. The cost of participation in the program is $450 for a Season Subscription (12 events) for a family with one K-8 child. Each additional K-8 child is $225. If you would like this option but need to pay in installments, email us.

Nitzanim Six-Pack. Or you may purchase admission to 6 Nitzanim sessions. The cost is $250 for a family with one K-8 child. Each additional K-8 child is $125. If you would like this option but need to pay in installments, email us.

Drop-In. Or if you wish to just drop in from time to time, the cost is $45 per session for families with one K-8 child. Each additional K-8 child is $22.50. (Some sessions are open to parents and pre-K siblings; some are for students only.)

Scholarships. The prices above are very inexpensive for Jewish educational experience and do not cover the actual costs of creating and holding this program. That said, your participation is more important than how much you pay. So if these prices would keep you from participating, choose the “Sliding Scale Ticket” on the registration and do what you can!

Interests: Classes, Families, Meetings
September 07, 2019 to December 22, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Congregation Ner Shalom


Organized By: 
Congregation Ner Shalom
Event Contact Person: 
Vicki Allen
Janet Rae Jorgensen, MA
Janet Rae Jorgensen, MA, is adjunct faculty of the Child Development department of Santa Rosa Junior College. She was a founding teacher at Kol Shofar in Tiburon; co-organizer of Ner Shalom’s Saplings Program and, in 2017, director of Camp Kuku-riku.
Reb Irwin Keller
Reb Irwin Keller is Ner Shalom’s spiritual leader since 2008, and a former director of J School.