Kids & Teens


EDUCATION RESOURCES

 

BJE’S JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
12701 N. Scottsdale Road, First Floor Library #105, Scottsdale
480-634-8050 ext. 1307 bjephoenix.org

CHABAD TUITION ORGANIZATION
2110 E. Lincoln Dr., Phoenix
602-944-2753 jewisheducationaz.com
office@chabadaz.com
Jewish education is more than just an alternative to public school. Jewish education raises Jewish children who know who and what they are, so that they become proud knowledgeable adults. Jewish education is the secret of Jewish survival. Donate today and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your Arizona taxes. Be the one who instills a sense of Jewish pride in the next generation.

JEWISH EDUCATION TAX CREDIT ORGANIZATION
3718 E. River Road, Tucson
520-647-8442 • jetco.org
info@jetco.org
JETCO is a school tax credit organization that makes it easy to support Jewish education through personal or corporate tax credit contributions, with no out-of-pocket expense! JETCO participants receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on Arizona State income taxes and simultaneously help a child receive an excellent Jewish and secular education. Do a mitzvah – ensure our future – contribute to JETCO!

JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICE
Arizona Charitable Tax Credit Program
Scott Sheldon, Annual Campaign Manager
4747 N. Seventh St. #100, Phoenix
602-567-8327 • jfcsaz.org/ways-to-give/az-charitable-tax-credit
info@jfcsaz.org
Tax credit dollars at Jewish Family & Children’s Service are used to assist low income children and families. Of the 47,000 individuals served across the Valley, 98% are low income or working poor. Programs include counseling, older adult care management, domestic violence victim assistance, job development for at-risk youth and Jewish social services. The new tax credit limits are $400 (single filer) and $800 (married filing jointly) when filing your Arizona state income tax return.

JEWISH TUITION ORGANIZATION
Linda Zell, Executive Director
12701 N. Scottsdale Road #100M, Scottsdale
480-634-4926 • jtophoenix.org
info@jtophoenix.org
The Jewish Tuition Organization (JTO) is a student tuition organization (STO) that provides need-based scholarships with funds raised through the Arizona private school tax credit. The JTO supports students in our community from various backgrounds and cultures who attend one of six Jewish day schools in the Phoenix area.  The dollar-for-dollar tax credit is available to individuals, C-Corps, S-Corps and Insurance companies with an Arizona tax liability.

ON-TRACK TUTORING
Dana Herzberg, M.Ed., Founder/Owner
Shari Schwartz, Operations & Marketing
Karen Kaplan, Director of Tutoring Services
4800 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Paradise Valley
480-563-5588
ontracktutoring.com
We have provided Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and the Phoenix Metro area with one-on-one private tutoring and academic support services since 1999. We take great pride in offering an exceptional experience that starts with carefully matching each student to the right tutor, working as a team to monitor and assess progress, and ultimately, achieving academic success through proven and effective teaching and study strategies.

PJ LIBRARY
pjlibrary.org
Greater Phoenix Area
602-535-1320
Prescott – 928-717-0016
Southern Arizona
520-577-9393 ext. 138

TUCSON ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES
520-477-2697 tucsonjewishlibrary.org

 

PRESCHOOLS

TUCSON

DARKAYNU – TUCSON JEWISH MONTESSORI
5150 E. Fifth St., Tucson
520-790-2784
darkaynutucson.com

ESTHER B. FELDMAN PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN
Congregation Anshei Israel
5550 E. Fifth St., Tucson
520-745-5550 • caiaz.org

STRAUSS ECE & KINDERGARTEN
Temple Emanu-El
225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson
520-325-0390
straussece.com

TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER
Joline Riddle, Director Early Childhood Education
Josh Shenker, Director of Children, Youth and Camping Services
3800 E. River Road, Tucson
520-299-3000 • tucsonjcc.org
Learn. Laugh. Grow. Nurturing your child to prepare them for life. Open to all, the Tucson J provides an enriching, multi-faceted Early Childhood Education Program for children from 6 weeks through Pre-K and a robust, engaging after-school J-Care program for grades K-5. The J’s ECE and J-Care programs offer specialists in music, fitness, cooking and Jewish culture, swimming lessons and more. Transportation is available for J-Care students from select schools in the community.

 

THE VALLEY

 

ALEPH BET PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
Chabad of Arizona
2110 E. Lincoln Dr., Phoenix
602-944-2580
alephbetaz.com

BETH EL EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER AND PRESCHOOL
Beth El Congregation
1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix
602-944-2464
bethelphoenix.com

CHANDLER JEWISH PRESCHOOL
Pollack Chabad Center
875 N. McClintock Dr., Chandler
480-855-4333 chandlerjewishpreschool.com

CHANEN PRESCHOOL
Congregation Beth Israel
10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale
480-951-3398 • cbiaz.org

EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER AT THE EAST VALLEY JCC
Pam Morris, Early Childhood Education Director
908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler
480-897-0588 • evjcc.org
pam@evjcc.org
The East Valley JCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center is a NAEYC accredited, Quality First four-star center that provides developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for children’s formative years. We are committed to creating a well-rounded, safe and nurturing environment that provides children with the components necessary for their emotional, social, physical and cognitive development. Additionally, the ECLC fosters creativity, curiosity, Judaic identity and values, along with individual diversity and a passion for learning.

EMUNAH MONTESSORI ACADEMY
1340 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix
480-316-2022

PHOENIX HEBREW ACADEMY PRESCHOOL
515 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix
602-277-7479 phoenixhebrewacademy.org

SHOLOM PRESCHOOL
Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley
3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler
480-897-3636
sholompreschool.org

TEMPLE KOL AMI EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
15030 N 64th St., Scottsdale
480-951-5825
templekolami.org
Temple Kol Ami’s Early Childhood Center (ECC) is a play-based school where children learn hands-on via experiences that interest and challenge them. The core curriculum includes Art, Body Movement, Hebrew, Music, Literacy Links, Science and Spanish.

THE SOLEL PRESCHOOL
6805 E McDonald Dr.,
Paradise Valley
480-991-4545
solelprechool.org

TEMPLE CHAI’S EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix
602-923-3619 • templechai.com

TORAH DAY SCHOOL OF PHOENIX
1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix
602-374-3062 torahdayschoolofphoenix.org

VALLEY OF THE SUN JCC EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
Rachel Wallach, Director
Jessica Knight, Co-Director
12701 N. Scottsdale Road #201, Scottsdale
480-659-7769 • vosjcc.org/earlychildhood
earlychildhood@vosjcc.org
The J’s Early Childhood Center nurtures each child’s natural curiosity, intelligence and interests, while developing their Jewish identity. Young minds and bodies grow through art, music, movement and learning. Parents have entrusted us with their children for more than 50 years. We are nationally accredited by NAEYC and serve children age 6 weeks to pre-K. We also offer gym and swim programs as well as parenting and social programs for families and adults.

YAD B’ YAD CHILDREN’S CENTER
Temple Emanuel of Tempe
5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe
480-249-4557
emanueloftempe.org

 

DAY SCHOOLS

TUCSON

 

TUCSON HEBREW ACADEMY
Jon Ben-Asher, Head of School
Rabbi Billy Lewkowicz, Director of Judaics and Hebrew Studies
Julee Dawson, Director of Admissions, Development & Community Relations
3888 E. River Road, Tucson
520-529-3888 • www.thaaz.org
info@thaaz.org
Tucson Hebrew Academy is our community’s K-8 Jewish day school, providing exemplary education through stimulating, rigorous academics, inspired Jewish values, and an engaged, supportive community. From the early years through comprehensive high school prep, children thrive in THA’s uniquely enriching educational community and culture. For over four decades our tradition of excellence produces highly skilled, critical and creative thinking students with a strong moral compass and deep understanding of their Jewish identity, well-prepared for the challenges to come.

 

THE VALLEY

 

DESERT JEWISH ACADEMY
3400 N. Dobson Road, Chandler
480-390-0971 • desertja.org

PARDES JEWISH DAY SCHOOL
Peter Gordon., Head of School
Bethany Spector, Director of Admissions
12753 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
480-991-9141
pardesschool.org
admissions@pardesschool.org
Over 20 years of academic excellence. Independent, private K-8 coeducational day school. Rigorous secular education with an integrated Jewish education. Experienced and dedicated faculty; low teacher-student ratio; student-focused learning. Newly renovated campus. Technology, art, physical education, music and Spanish offered. After-school enrichment activities, morning/after-care available. Daily Kosher lunch program. Member of the Mountain Valley Athletics League. Accredited. A partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix.

PHOENIX HEBREW ACADEMY PRESCHOOL
515 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix
602-277-7479 phoenixhebrewacademy.org

SHEARIM TORAH HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
715 E. Sierra Vista Dr., Phoenix
602-324-3406 shearimhighschool.org

TORAH DAY SCHOOL OF PHOENIX
1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix
602-374-3062 torahdayschoolofphoenix.org

YESHIVA HIGH SCHOOL OF ARIZONA
727 E. Glendale Ave., Phoenix
602-266-1213 • azyeshiva.org

 

INDEPENDENT & PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

BASIS CHARTER SCHOOLS
BASISschools.org
BASIS charter schools are consistently ranked among the top K-12 schools in Arizona, as well as across the United States. Through our revolutionary liberal arts program, BASIS students receive the best possible educational foundation to be independent and resourceful problem solvers in the 21st Century. The BASIS K-12 curriculum teaches students to love learning and the pursuit of deeper understanding, so they are prepared for success in every aspect of their future lives.

KYRENE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe
480-541-1000 • kyrene.org
There are 25 schools in the District (17 preschool programs, 19 elementary and 6 middle schools). The District’s boundaries encompass all of Ahwatukee and parts of Chandler, Guadalupe, Tempe and the Gila River Indian Reservation. In addition, we offer a variety of on-site community programs available before/after school and during school breaks.

SCOTTSDALE UNIFIEDSCHOOL DISTRICT
Dr. Denise Birdwell, Superintendent
8500 E. Jackrabbit Road, Scottsdale
480-484-6100 • susd.org
Scottsdale Unified School District is one of Arizona’s top-performing public school districts, offering a wide range of programs to meet the needs and curiosity of all learners. Free full-day kindergarten, gifted programs starting at pre-K and early childhood programs at age 2 and up. International Baccalaureate program, Math & Science Academy, dual enrollment and AP courses. Robotics, STEAM Design Academy, Mandarin and Spanish immersion, award-winning visual and performing arts and competitive middle/high school sports. Open Enrollment from other districts welcome.

THE JONES-GORDON SCHOOL
Dana Herzberg, M.Ed., Founder/Owner and Head of School
Shari Schwartz, Chief Operations Officer
4800 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Paradise Valley
480-563-5588
jonesgordon.org
The Jones-Gordon School serves students in grades 1-12. We offer small classes sizes; optional FLEX hours for academic acceleration or support; executive function, mindfulness and social/emotional learning incorporated throughout the school day; STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), field studies, service-learning and gifted/twice exceptional (2e) programs.

 

YOUTH GROUPS & PROGRAMS

BBYO
12701 N. Scottsdale Road #203, Scottsdale
480-634-4900 ext.1127
bbyo.org
MTN@bbyo.org
BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement. The youth-led, staff-supervised model allows for leadership development and identity-enriching programming. There are active chapters throughout Phoenix, utilizing the Valley of the Sun JCC and East Valley JCC. BBYO is open to grades 8-12 and BBYO Connect for grades 6 and 7. Weekly programming spans topics of Judaic education, creativity, athletics, social and much more.

BBYO TUCSON
3800 E. River Road, Tucson
520-299-3000 ext. 175
bbyo.org

B’NAI TZEDEK YOUTH PHILANTHROPY PROGRAM OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER PHOENIX
Andrea Cohen, Director of Youth Philanthropy
12701 N. Scottsdale Road #202, Scottsdale
480-699-1717 • jcfphoenix.org
B’nai Tzedek empowers Jewish teens to help change the world through tzedakah and tikkun olam. Valley teens establish charitable funds in their names and gain knowledge and skills on financial literacy and Jewish philanthropy.

CAMP SWIFT YOUTH FOUNDATION
7950 E. Acoma Dr. #106, Scottsdale
480-443-5645 swiftyouthfoundation.org

CTEEN PHOENIX
602-944-2753 • chabadaz.com

FAR WEST UNITED SYNAGOGUE YOUTH
818-986-0907 • fwusy.net

GIRL SCOUTS – ARIZONA CACTUS-PINE COUNCIL
Tamara Woodbury, CEO
Susan de Queljoe, Senior Associate
119 E. Coronado Road, Phoenix
602-452-7000 • girlscoutsaz.org
info@girlscoutsaz.org
We’re 30,000 strong – 20,000 girls and 10,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success.

JSU (Jewish Student Union)
201-362-2074 • jsu.org

NFTY SOUTHWEST
212-452-6754
southwest.nfty.org

VALLEY OF THE SUN JCC CLUB J
Megan Rich, Youth & Camping Director
12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
480-481-7072 • vosjcc.org/clubj
youth@vosjcc.org
Club J is a licensed K-5 afterschool program. Experienced, caring counselors and teachers provide quality classes, homework help and sports. Most importantly, we provide a safe, enriching place to unwind after school and fun School’s Out Days.

VALLEY OF THE SUN JCC YOUTH SPORTS
Alexa Wollach, Sports & Recreation Director & Maccabi Games Delegation Head
12701 N. Scottsdale Road #201, Scottsdale
480-481-7016 • vosjcc.org/youthsports
alexaw@vosjcc.org
With two state-of-the-art gymnasiums, soccer fields, pool and recreational leagues that improve skill, confidence and encourage sportsmanship, The J is the place for your young athlete! We offer Youth Maccabi Basketball League for pre K-7th grade; JCC RUSH Recreational Soccer League for boys and girls ages 4-8; Maccabi Teen Sports for teens 13-16, including the annual JCC Maccabi Games, where athletes explore their Jewish heritage through community service, team building, sportsmanship and much more.

VALLEY OF THE SUN JCC J SWIM
Debbie Meek, Aquatics Director
12701 N. Scottsdale Road #201, Scottsdale
480-481-7035 • vosjcc.org/aquatics
dmeek@vosjcc.org
J Swim offers an array of programs for infants through teens. J Swim Academy helps children and infants as young as six months learn to swim in a happy, safe environment. The year-round program advances from J Babies to J Squad (pre-team). J Swim Club is a year-round USA Swimming-affiliated competitive swim team for all levels of swimmers ages 5-18. J Swim also includes J Water Polo.

 

HIGH SCHOOL STUDY PROGRAMS

PHOENIX HIGH SCHOOL OF JEWISH STUDIES (HEBREW HIGH)
12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
480-634-8050 ext. 1307 bjephoenix.org

TUCSON HEBREW HIGH
3822 E. River Road, Tucson
520-577-9393 tucsonhebrewhigh.org

 

SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCES

GESHER DISABILITY RESOURCES
(formerly Council For Jews With Special Needs)
Amy Hummell, Executive Director
Jill Wilson, Director, Education and Programs
12701 N. Scottsdale Road #205, Scottsdale
480-629-5343 • cjsn.org
info@cjsn.org
Formed in 1985, the agency was created to meet the special needs of children and adults with disabilities who were unable to participate in typical activities of Jewish life in greater Phoenix. Programs include social groups, classroom observation, resource educator, summer camp inclusion, teacher training, support groups, continuing Jewish studies for children and adults, educational forums on disability related topics, monthly Simchat Shabbat services and two Jewish homes for adults with developmental disabilities.

THE FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE
Chabad of Arizona
2110 E. Lincoln Dr., Phoenix
602-861-1600 • fcaz.org

TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
3800 E. River Road, Tucson
520-299-3000 ext. 172 tucsonjcc.org/special

DAY CAMPS, CLASSES & ACTIVITIES
Many of the congregations that have preschools also have preschool summer day camps. See our Congregations and Preschools listings.

AZ ON THE ROCKS
Stephanie Mills, General Manager
Brixx Israelson, Marketing Director
Kevin Berk, Owner
16447 N. 91st St. Suite #105
480-502-9777
azontherocks.com
contact2@azontherocks.com
AZ on the Rocks is a huge, fully air conditioned rock climbing and fitness facility with a focus on customer service. Our rock and fitness gym offer approximately 14,000 square feet of climbing terrain, an intimate yoga studio with a full schedule of classes, Ninja Skillz Training rig and exercise & fitness equipment. No experience is necessary. AZ on the Rocks rents all gear necessary and provides basic instruction to all first-time visitors.

B’NAI B’RITH CAMP
Michelle Koplan, Executive Director
Ben Charlton, Associate Camp Director
Mail: 9400 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. #200
Beaverton, OR
503-452-3443
bcharlton@bbcamp.org
bbcamp.org
B’nai B’rith Camp, located on Devil’s Lake near the Oregon coast, offers a range of activities including arts and crafts, dance, Jewish enrichment, Israeli culture, Shabbat celebrations, high-ropes course, climbing tower and zip line, out-of-camp trips, wakeboarding, kayaking and hydro-tubing. Specialty programs include Outdoor Jewish Adventure for 11th graders and Kehila, an inclusive program for children with special needs. BB Camp is JCCA independent camp member and accredited by the American Camp Association.

BUTTERFLY WONDERLAND
Amram Knishinsky, PhD, Founder & CEO
Ran Knishinsky, Chief Marketing Officer
9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
480-800-3000 butterflywonderland.com
info@butterflywonderland.com
Over 3,000 butterflies fly freely amongst lush, tropical plants and flowers at the largest butterfly conservatory in America. There are interactive exhibits, a Butterfly Emergence Gallery showcasing live chrysalis as they emerge naturally into beautiful butterflies, a 3D movie theater featuring “Flight of the Butterflies” about the Monarch migration, and a Spineless Giants exhibit highlighting spiders and scorpions. And don’t miss the brand new Reptile Rainforest exhibit, the largest expansion to the facility since opening.

DOLPHINARIS ARIZONA
9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
480-407-5154 • dolphinaris-arizona.com
Dolphinaris Arizona hopes to amaze, educate, and empower guests, encouraging them to become stewards of the oceans and its inhabitants. Meet dolphins from dry land or in the water. Share a handshake, dolphin kiss and more. You can even become a dolphin trainer for a day, with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at our world-class dolphin care. A great thing to do with kids, and an amazing adventure for adults, too.

CAMP GAN ISRAEL
Chabad of Arizona
2110 E. Lincoln Dr., Phoenix
602-944-2753
cgiofphoenix.com

CAMP KULANU
1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix
Mail: 1228 E. McLellan Blvd., Phoenix
602-730-4564
campkulanu.com

CAMP RIMON
East Valley Jewish Community Center
908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler
480-897-0588 • evjcc.org

CAMP SIMCHA
Congregation Beth Israel
10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale
480-951-3398 • cbiaz.org

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM (MIM)
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
480-478-6000 • MIM.org
programs@MIM.org
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) seeks to inspire learners of all ages and abilities by offering a wide range of programs – from field trips and homeschool days to artist residency programs, from early childhood music and movement courses to educational programs designed for older children, and much more! Full listing and additional information at MIM.org.

TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
3800 E. River Road, Tucson
520-299-3000 • tucsonjcc.org

VALLEY OF THE SUN JCC CAMPS
Megan Rich, Youth & Camping Director
12701 N. Scottsdale Road #201, Scottsdale
480-481-7072 • vosjcc.org/camps
youth@vosjcc.org
Shemesh Holiday Camps @ The J: The J offers a fun, safe and enriching environment while your child is out of school. Shemesh Summer Camp: In addition to traditional summer day camp activities such as field trips, swimming, arts & crafts and sports focused on fun, The J provides a variety of specialty camps ranging from sports and arts to engineering and theater. This is also a CIT program for grades 9 & 10.

 

RESIDENT CAMPS

CAMP DAISY & HARRY STEIN
Congregation Beth Israel
10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale
480-951-0323 • campstein.org

CAMP NAGEELA WEST
1000 Sugarpine Road, Big Bear, CA
801-613-1JEW (1539) nageelawest.org

FRIENDLY PINES CAMP
Kevin Nissen, Director
Bebe Brown May, Owner
Megan May, Program Director
933 Friendly Pines Road, Prescott
888-281-2267
friendlypines.com
info@friendlypines.com
Nestled in the cool pines of the Bradshaw Mountains near Prescott, Friendly Pines has offered the benefits of summer camping to boys and girls, ages 6-13, since 1941. We offer campers a choice of 30+ activities including horseback riding, waterskiing, rock climbing, ropes course, canoe/kayak, sports, archery, swimming, tennis, fencing, pets, performing arts and visual arts. Friendly Pines is an “Arizona tradition” turning childhood moments into rich memories for three generations. One- and two-week sessions.

 

“We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.”
– Phyllis Diller

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