Ivri Anochi is a year-long opportunity for elementary school students who do not attend Jewish day school to embark on an interactive, experiential program that will foster a deep sense of Jewish identity. Ivri Anochi will encourage friendships with other Jewish children, nurturing a connection to the Montreal Jewish community and Israel, deepening students’ connection to Jewish values, tradition, and culture, and providing kids with a basic comfort with the Hebrew language.
“We use a hands-on, pluralistic approach to Jewish holidays and traditions. Our focus is on teaching tradition, culture, and values by doing and reflecting,”
– Keren Ludvig, Chief Program and Community Engagement Officer.
Designed to be accessible to all Jewish families, no matter how knowledgeable of or involved in the Jewish community each family considers itself, diversity will be valued and all students will be invited to reflect upon, share, and celebrate what makes them unique but also what they have in common as members of the Ivri Anochi program and the Jewish community. It is the only program of its kind in Montreal – unaffiliated with a religious institution.
The program is also open to participants with special needs who demonstrate eligibility and a desire to be involved in this unique learning opportunity. The Y’s inclusion professionals will meet with the families of children with special needs, and assess the suitability of the Ivri Anochi program.
Financial aid is available as fees will never be a reason for any family to opt-out of participation in this or any program at the Y.
For more information, contact Adam Luxenberg, Manager, Jewish Life Programs at ALuxenberg@ymywha.com or 514-737-6551 ext.241.