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UJEB runs three Jewish learning and Hebrew language centres for primary school students in Caulfield, Bentleigh and Elwood. Each centre provides a full Hebrew language and Jewish studies program that covers traditions, customs and festivals. Our students develop the knowledge and skills to fully participate in Jewish communal life, as well as a love and appreciation for Jewish practice.

Students attend a 1.5-hour session, once per week. Our After-School Centres are open to students from all non-Jewish primary schools.

The Bentleigh centre (Merkaz Bentleigh) is an approved child care service and eligible families can receive the Child Care Subsidy for our normal face-to-face classes. Unfortunately this does not apply to online classes during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Location Day/s Time Fees Year and Term - CLICK BELOW TO ENROL
Location Day/s Time Fees Year and Term - CLICK BELOW TO ENROL
Merkaz Bentleigh Tuesdays and Wednesdays After school $180 Term 3 discount (usually $270/term) 2020 term 1
2020 term 2
2020 term 3
2020 term 4
2020 full year
Caulfield Junior College (CJC) Tuesdays After school $180 Term 3 discount (usually $270/term) 2020 term 1
2020 term 2
2020 term 3
2020 term 4
2020 full year
Elwood Primary School Thursdays After school $180 Term 3 discount (usually $250/term) 2020 term 1
2020 term 2
2020 term 3
2020 term 4
2020 full year

Bat Mitzvah Program

During UJEB’s year-long Bat Mitzvah program, girls develop their own emerging identities as young Jewish women. They learn about and experience social action, Jewish history, religion, traditions and culture, as well as their connection to Israel. Through partnerships with Kids in Philanthropy (KiP), the Jewish Museum and the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (NCJWA), the girls explore the vibrant Jewish world through a variety of lenses. The program culminates in a beautiful ceremony with family and friends.

The classes are held one afternoon per week during the school term from 4.30 till 6.30 pm in the Caulfield area (except for school holidays, public holidays and Jewish festivals). The total cost of the program is $1100 ($100 non-refundable enrolment fee + $250 per term). There is also a small additional cost for the ceremony, which is kept to a minimum.

Location Day Time Fees Year and Term - CLICK BELOW TO ENROL
Location Day Time Fees Year and Term - CLICK BELOW TO ENROL
Tuesdays or Thursdays After school $100 non-refundable enrolment fee (please pay on enrolment to secure your place) Enrolment fee
Tuesdays or Thursdays After school $1000 for full year 2020 full year
Tuesdays or Thursdays After school $250 per term 2020 term 1
Tuesdays or Thursdays After school $250 per term 2020 term 2
Tuesdays or Thursdays After school $250 per term 2020 term 3
Tuesdays or Thursdays After school $250 per term 2020 term 4

BAT MITZVAH PROGRAM DETAILS

UJEB’s year-long Bat Mitzvah Program is run in partnership with KiP (Kids in Philanthropy), the Jewish Museum of Australia and the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (NCJWA). A core educator from UJEB teaches and accompanies the girls throughout the year as they explore the vibrant Jewish world through a variety of lenses, with a different focus in each school term. Running through the entire program is a commitment to instilling in our students a lifelong love of Judaism. The girls complete their year with a presentation afternoon and Bat Mitzvah ceremony amongst family and friends.

TERM 1:  SOCIAL ACTION
Students participate in a tailor-made, hands on social action program run by Kids in Philanthropy (KiP). They explore the culture of giving and change-making in Australia, including building social awareness, developing leadership skills and empathy, and learning the fundamentals of how to become a change-maker.

TERM 2:  ISRAEL
Classes explore our historic and current connections to Israel. Highlights include participation in communal Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim events. The girls also research the Parasha that falls on their 12th birthday, and undertake a project in relation to it.

TERM 3:  HISTORY & CULTURE
In term three the classes meet at the Jewish Museum of Australia, and focus on Jewish history, art and culture. Highlights include an exploration of the Australian Jewish story and a roots project investigating the girls’ individual family stories of migration and settlement.

TERM 4:  JEWISH WOMEN
The final term at NCJWA (Vic) explores a wide variety of influential roles that Jewish women have undertaken throughout the ages. The participants meet with inspirational Jewish women who are active in making a difference in the Jewish and broader community.

CLOSING CEREMONY
The presentation in December is an afternoon tea where the girls share what they have learned with family and friends in a joyous celebration.


Bar Mitzvah Program

Journey to 13, UJEB’s unique Bar Mitzvah program, is a coming-of-age experience which is contemporary and meaningful for participants. Our 6-month program is a creative and alternative option for marking this important Jewish life milestone, which enables participants to take their place in our community as passionate and engaged young men.

The program focuses on four main themes: community, culture, wellbeing and rites of passage. It also includes visits from inspiring community figures and organisations, and culminates in a ceremony designed by the boys themselves.

Journey to 13 can either stand alone, or complement a more traditional synagogue Bar Mitzvah. It is open to all, and is suitable for students at non-Jewish schools. Affiliation with a synagogue is not required. The program runs twice per year, starting in February (recommended for year 7 students) and July (recommended for grade 6 students).

For more information contact our Bar Mitzvah Coordinator, Samuel Herz, on barmi@ujeb.org.au or 0435 793 512.

Location Day Time Fees Year and Semester
(CLICK BELOW TO ENROL)
Location Day Time Fees Year and Semester
(CLICK BELOW TO ENROL)
Thursdays After school $50 non-refundable enrolment fee (please pay on enrolment to secure your place)
DEADLINE FOR SEMESTER 2, 2020 ENROLMENT - 12 JULY 2020
Enrolment fee
Thursdays After school $500 (for 6-month program) + additional cost for ceremony
PROGRAM COMMENCES 23 JULY 2020
2020 semester 2

Bar Mitzvah Program Details

The UJEB Bar Mitzvah program is designed specifically for students at non-Jewish day schools. The program focuses on essential tools for young men who are coming of age, rather than being centred around a synagogue or religious practices.

There are four main themes in the program. Many sessions are run in partnership with relevant and inspiring community figures and organisations, including Stand Up, Friendship Circle and Community Security Group Victoria (CSG).

Community:
Our community helps us grow and shapes who we are. Participants explore different communities including local, Jewish and international communities. The group chooses a community initiative and develops a plan to contribute to their chosen cause.

Culture:
From falafel to footy, Jewish Australians have a diverse culture. Who we are is defined by where we have come from and where we live. Participants explore their culture and how it enriches their life.

Exercise and Mindfulness:
In the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day lives it is hard to find time to centre ourselves. Sometimes we forget to be aware of the world around us and how we are feeling. Participants learn the importance of managing their feelings and maintaining balance, and explore various methods to achieve this.

Rites of Passage:
Different cultures have unique ways of welcoming young men into their communities. In this program participants look at different coming-of-age ceremonies and then design one for their own group, to find their own special way to mark this important life event.

The program ends with a meaningful ceremony for family and friends, designed by the participants themselves.


UJEB Camp

Our April adventure camp brings together UJEB’s extended community for a long weekend of informal Jewish learning and outdoor activities. Run by our fully trained staff of young and vibrant leaders, participants learn about leadership, community and Jewish values. They also build friendships with their peers from other schools around Melbourne. UJEB camp is open to students from years 3 to 12 (ages 8 to 18).

Location Day Age Fees
Location Day Age Fees
April 2-5, 2020
(In the April school holidays)
Grade 3 – Year 12 (ages 8 – 18) $350

Israel Program

Our Israel program brings together year 10 students from all over Australia for an immersive 5-week experience. The students get to delve into the real Israel, learning about and experiencing the land, its people, culture and history, as they travel the country from top to bottom. Along the way, they have many unique experiences, create lifelong friendships and develop a strong connection to our homeland. This program is run in partnership with the NSW Board of Jewish Education (BJE) and is specifically designed for year 10 students at non-Jewish schools.

Location Time Age Fees
Location Time Age Fees
5 weeks, 2020 dates TBA Year 10 (ages 15-16) 2020 cost TBA,
Subsidies available through UJEB and Israel For Youth Foundation

B’nai B’rith Youth Organisation (BBYO)

A group of highly motivated Melbourne Jewish teens are this year working to revive the vibrant BBYO youth movement in Australia, with a new Melbourne chapter. They are running regular events in 2019, which are open to secondary school students, and are supported by UJEB and B’nai B’rith Victoria.

Members of the core group had exciting opportunities to connect with the BBYO international movement this year. In February, a UJEB delegation of students attended the BBYO International Convention (IC) in Denver, Colorado, where they joined more than 4,000 Jewish teens, educators and philanthropists from over 40 countries. In June-July another group travelled to Pennsylvania for BBYO’s International Leadership Training Conference (ILTC), where they honed their leadership skills with 250 teens from all over the world.

For updates and to get involved, like and follow us on Facebook @BBYOAussies, follow us on Instagram at bbyomelbourne or email our BBYO Advisor at bbyo@ujeb.org.au!

Location Day Year level Fees
Location Day Year level Fees
Various Years 8-12 Small cost for each event

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