Emanuel Synagogue


“Education needs to start at where the student is.” – Avraham Infeld

Yesod brings together Jewish children from around Sydney to learn, question and play. With hadracha-style (informal education) learning, our experienced Jewish educators guide our students through our curriculum – we explore the Jewish world, Jewish calendar, Torah and more with a hands-on, ‘no bad questions’ approach. Small-group learning ensures each student receives tailored attention and a special social experience.

How does Yesod work?

Yesod’s curriculum, developed by Emanuel Synagogue with the Board of Progressive Jewish Education, is designed to give students a holistics, nuanced Jewish education, building the foundation for a rich Jewish life. Cycling annually with ongoing variation, our curriculum structure gives each class a flexible and student-led approach. Each term, each class explores content relating to each of our eight topic areas. A full version of our curriculum can be requested via the contact information below.

Yesod’s eight topic areas:

  • The Jewish Calendar
  • Jewish Values in My Life
  • The Jewish Library
  • Being a Jewish Leader
  • The History of the Jewish People
  • God, Spirituality and Prayer
  • Israel and the Jewish World
  • Bnei Mitzvah and the Jewish Life Cycle
Yesod for Bnei Mitzvah students

At Emanuel Synagogue, we believe that becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah is about much more than just Hebrew and reading from the Torah. Our Yesod program runs parallel to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation process, adding a dynamic and social learning environment on our campus to enrich your child’s coming of age experience. We strongly encourage all students, especially those not attending a Jewish Day School, to enrol in Yesod alongside their Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation process.

Classes are streamed according to our students’ ages and interests. Our Yesod team approaches each class considering the learning needs of our students, and we are frequently in touch with families about their children’s progress.

For details of the Yesod curriculum for 2021, click here.

To learn more about Yesod, get in touch at donny@emanuel.org.au

Yesod students
Yesod students