Jewish Learning Experiences (JLE)

JEWISH LEARNING EXPERIENCES (JLE) at Tikkun v’Or (“jelly”) provides creative, interactive, and progressive Reform Jewish education for children in kindergarten through 7th grade. Our curriculum includes history, holidays, ethics, Torah, Israel, and Hebrew. Classes meet on Sunday mornings. Sixth and seventh grade students also meet on Wednesdays for additional Hebrew studies and preparation for becoming b-mitzvah.

The full guide for 2023-2024 is here.
Kitah Bet (grade 2) and Kitah Gimel (grade 3) meets from 9 am – 11 am on Sunday.
Kitah Dalet (grade 4) / Kitah Hey (grade 6) and Kitah Vav (6th grade) / Kitah Zayin (grade 7) meets from 9 am – 12 on Sundays. Vav/Zayin also meets 4:30-6 pm on Wednesdays.
On most weeks we gather as a community for tefillah (prayer) and ruach (spirited singing!). We often have special guests join us for ha-asharah (enrichment).

Kitah Gan and Alef (kindergarten and grade 1) is a FAMILY JLE program, meeting from 10-11:30 am  one Saturday a month. Family JLE is for students in kindergarten and first grade, with at least one parent or caregiver staying for the program. Rabbi Tziona Szajman leads activities for holidays, Shabbat, and Torah learning. It includes music, movement, stories, and crafts, and learning opportunities for children and adults.

We welcome all Jewish students, regardless of the childs’ and parent(s)’ religious backgrounds, ethnic identities, race, family configuration, gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation. We have many interfaith  LGBTQ+ families and children, people who are newly discovering Jewish connections, as well as those with a wide range of Jewish experiences.

We are pleased to work with many different kinds of learners, including students with special challenges. We will do our best to accommodate and nurture all students “al pi darko” (“according to their ways”).

Naomi Wilensky is the Education Director. Our teachers are community members, sometimes assisted by college students from nearby Ithaca College and Cornell University. Middle and high school students help out as madrichol. Parent volunteers are always welcome, especially to help with our chugim (electives) — a chance for students to choose activities such as Jewish music, cooking, art, dance, and more. We use the Hineini: The New Hebrew for Prayer series as on of several resource texts for Hebrew.

Online registration for JLE (grades 2-7 ) and for Family JLE  (grades K and 1) for 2024-2025 will be available soon. Please contact for information.

Tuition assistance is provided by Ithaca Area United Jewish Community. Requests for assistance should be sent attn: Presidents. Please fill out this tuition assistance form.

Summer Camp: Has your child been talking about overnight camp?  Have you looked at Jewish overnight camps? Ask about IAUJC Summer Camp and Teen Experience Camperships or download an application here. More information about Jewish camps is available at,

Photos of many of our recent activities can be found on the TVO Facebook page. and here.

Highlights this year included:

Making our own shofarot for the High Holidays

Celebrating Sigd with students from the Cornell Ethiopian/Eritean Club

Percussion workshop with Marne Oshae

Setting prayer intentions through Qigong with Will Fuderman

A Day in the Woods and Chanukah Bonfire with Kitah vav/zayin

Creating a Tikkun v’Orchestra with klezmer musician Jennie Lavine

Purim theater with Sarah Plotkin



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