Jewish Virtual Academy

Our a la carte menu of classes include creative arts based classes as well as text based classes taught by expert teachers from around the country.
No membership required to enroll.  For more on our educational philosophy, click here.  For tuition information, click here.  For school packet (including registration forms), click here.

Discover why students say our classes are a “bajillion” times better than Hebrew School!

Mitzvah Class

Delve into the Torah’s vision for leading a holy life, through examining some of the key mitzvot that we can practice every day through stories, text study, and activities. This year we are focusing on mitzvot from Ki Teitzei (Deuteronomy 21-25), which emphasize holiness and justice in our personal life and in society.
Grades 3-6, Mondays 5:00

Torah and Today

What do Torah and Talmud have to say about contemporary life?  Take a deep dive into contemporary issues through a Jewish lens.  Free sample class August 31, 5:00 on “Finding the line between encouragement and shaming.”  Register for sample class here
Grades 5-8: Tuesday & Thursday 5:30

Jewish Heroes Drama Project

Explore the heroes of the Jewish tradition and the values they lived for, through playful activities such as improvisational games, puppet making, film making, and more.  When was the last time you spoke up like Esther or Moses, or faced a challenge like Rabbi Akiba?  Activities will include human statues, puppet making, and creative storytelling.
Grades 2-6, Thursdays 4:30

Maimonides Moot Court Team

MMCC is a national program in which students to grapple with contemporary ethics using Jewish legal wisdom. Students study content relevant to the 2021 case study to help ground their argument, in sourcebooks which contain texts spanning the full breadth of Jewish tradition, and develop a presentation expressing their view of the topic. Culminates in a shabbaton/competition in March. Kol HaLev is offering a county wide team including students from diverse synagogues.
Grades 7-12: Tuesday & Thursday 6:30

Hebrew for Understanding

Ulpan style Hebrew class, with an emphasis on vocabulary for prayer and Torah.  We also offer individualized tutoring for all grades and ability levels.
Grades 3-5 Monday & Thursday 5:00
Grades 6-8 Monday & Thursday 5:45
Individualized tutoring also available; times based on student’s schedule

Shabbat Morning Childrens’ Program

Our Shabbat based childrens’ program is a highlight of our Hebrew School program.  Shabbat Torah School meets monthly on Shabbat, and teaches holidays, Torah, and what it means to live a Jew in their daily life. Our multi-sensory curriculum incorporates yoga, drama, cooking, and art to engage children actively in a fun learning process. Grades preschool through 10 (children over 10 welcome in main service). Runs simultaneously with every Shabbat service.  Join us!

Does virtual Hebrew School work?  Yes!

Our kids love our virtual classes far more than traditional Hebrew School.  We challenge our students, keep them engaged, and teach them to apply Jewish values to their lives.  Our teachers are experts at teaching online, and use all the resources of being online to actively engage kids, so class is energetic, interactive.  Unlike traditional Hebrew School, which often focuses on Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation, we focus on Jewish life preparation: learning Judaism as a set of mitzvot and sacred stories which convey values, and learning at progressively deeper levels as children grow older.  Our children love Jewish learning–join us and discover why!

Faculty

Rabbi David Siff – Executive Director, “Mitzvah Class”
Rabbi David is the founder & rabbi of Kol HaLev. He has a PhD in Kabbalah & Philosophy from JTS, where he wrote on the works of Rebbe Nahman of Breslav.
He integrates music, drama, and arts into his work, as well as serious engagement with traditional texts, finding their relevance to contemporary society. He lives in Boynton Beach with his wife, Tanya, and 3 children.
Teri Giannetti – Faculty Mentor
Teri is a Coach and a certified Trainer for “3VitalQuestions Program” which deals with Team Building and moving one’s staff from “Drama in the Workplace.” She has taught elementary, middle school, and high school, and served as the principal of an Orthodox Hebrew Day School as well as full time administrator at a Jewish Community School. Teri brings a passionate belief that every person is a total individual with wants/needs requiring attention, and helps support the development of each person’s potential.
Jill Liflander – “Torah Through Drama” 
Jill Liflander is a puppeteer, visual artist, dancer, storyteller, writer and activist. Jill holds an undergraduate degree  in Cultural Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has studied at  the Harkness Dance Center’s “Dance Education Laboratory” at the 92nd St Y  in NYC, and with the Kennedy Center’s “Arts Integration” model  of arts education.  In addition to creating Early Childhood puppet educational experiences  throughout Westchester, Jill is the Educational Director of the Hebrew  Congregation of Somers Hebrew School.  
Rabbi Andrew Shapiro Katz – “Torah and Today”
Rabbi Andy received rabbinical ordination in 2004 from Rabbi Daniel Landes and Rav Aryeh Strikovksy. Andy has taught Talmud and Jewish History at the Weber Jewish Community High School in Atlanta and the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco, where he also served as Assistant Head of School. He also is an author at Bim Bam, and spends his summer teaching at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. Andy and lives in Beer Sheva (Israel) with his wife Emily (also a Jewish educator) and their four children.
Havivah Giangrecco – Hebrew Tutor
Havivah is a student at Eastern Washington University, and has been tutoring Hebrew students for years.
Lisa Fogelson – Shabbat Morning Childrens’ Program
Lisa brings Judaism “to Life!” for all ages.  With extensive background in youth groups and informal education, she knows the importance of hands on, play based learning.  Originally from Oregon, she has worked in synagogues, camps, and schools throughout the country.  Along with her husband, she now homeschools her two sons in Boynton Beach.
Aliza Stein – Hebrew Tutor

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