Adventure Rabbi Kids (Alternative Religious School)

An Adventure in Jewish Education

For Girls and Boys in Grades 1- 6

The Adventure Judaism Congregation has been providing innovative ways to engage Jews with Judaism since 2001. Our youth education program lives up to our reputation.

This is not the religious school you dreaded as a child!

  • Conveniently scheduled classes
  • Excellent and carefully designed curriculum
  • Outdoor and indoor elements
  • Taught by Educators Elaine Barenblat, Emily Norman, and Rabbi Jamie Korngold
  • Innovative and engaging teaching techniques
  • High-quality instruction
  • Offered in mixed-gender and girls only classes

We can’t wait to welcome your family into our community!



The same lesson is taught for the entire school. The manner in which the material is taught differs based on the group.

The curriculum for the school changes each year so that for example, the 1-2 class this year is not taught the same material as it was taught last year.

This year we will be teaching a holiday curriculum. In each class, we will learn about the rituals, meaning, and celebration of a different Jewish holiday. By the end of the year, the students will feel comfortably grounded in the full calendar or Jewish holidays. We are thrilled to be adding this new curriculum into our rotation.

We use a four-year rotating curriculum:

  • Year 1: Judaism through Time: The study of Important Jewish Figures (2012-2013 & 2015-2016)
  • Year 2: Values (2013-2014 & 2016-2017)
  • Year 3: Tour of the Torah (2014-2015 & 2017-2018)
  • Year 4: Jewish Holidays (2018-2019)

There are three core components to the curriculum: Values, Tradition & Community.

1. Values:

Think of it as mensch training! We learn about Jewish people from history as well as contemporary Jewish role models. We talk about the choices they made and the values they held. When do we agree? When do we disagree? In what ways do we want to be like them? In what ways do we want to be different? Building relationships with characters from our Jewish People’s past will firmly ground our students in their past while preparing them for healthy, strong and vibrant Jewish future.

2. Tradition:

Students will explore new and traditional ways to celebrate Jewish ritual. We will discover meaningful Jewish practices and rituals appropriate for our busy and technologically active lives. For example, when we gather for a Shabbat, we experience how to make Shabbat realistic for our families, and experiment with ways to welcome and say goodbye to Shabbat. We celebrate four Jewish Holidays as a large group: Shabbat/ Havdallah, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, and Purim.

3. Community:

Adventure Judaism is known for our ability to build a community quickly. We feel that being a part of a Jewish community is one of the most important elements of the Adventure Rabbi Kids (ARK) experience. To that end, our experiential education techniques allow children to make friends quickly and easily. if your child needs a little extra coaxing to feel comfortable participating or making friends, please let us know. We try to be especially diligent about keeping an eye out for students who need a little more help engaging socially.

Some of our meetings will involve both age groups and parents so that students can experience being part of a larger community. Although there is no obligation, we hope that your entire family will enjoy becoming involved in Adventure Rabbi additional events, such as our High Holiday and Passover Retreats, and meet our fabulous multi-age community.

Time and Dates

ARK meets about once a month
ARK is sometimes on Sunday and sometimes on Tuesday.
All School Programs are on 1 Sunday, 1 Tuesday, 1 Wednesday and 1 Thursday. The advantage of the varied schedule is that if your child has an activity every Tuesday, she or he will not have to miss it repeatedly to participate in ARK.

2018-2019 Schedule

1. Sunday: August 19, 2018
12:30 Girl’s Time Early Arrival
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm General Arrival
Opening Adventure: Students their parents will join the rest of the Adventure Rabbi Kids for opening day. We will enjoy games, walk-abouts, and other playful ARK activities.

2. Tuesday: Sept 4, 2018 Regular Session
In addition to class:
-During 1st session, parents of potential Bar and Bat Mitzvah students can join Rabbi Jamie for an informational session
-During 2nd session, parents can hike with Rabbi Jamie  more>>

3. Tuesday: Oct 2, 2018 (All-School Simchat Torah Celebration)
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
All-school celebration with our parents and siblings in the Bear Creek Elementary school gym

4. Sunday, Nov 4, 2018 Regular Session
In addition to class:
-During 1st session, parents of potential Bar and Bat Mitzvah students can join Rabbi Jamie for an informational session
-During 2nd session, parents can hike with Rabbi Jamie  more>>

5. Wednesday: Dec 5, 2018 (All-School Chanukah Party)
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
All-school Chanukah party with our parents and siblings

6. Tuesday: Jan 15, 2019 Regular Session

7. Tuesday: Feb 12, 2019 Regular Session

8. Thursday: March 21, 2019 (All-School Purim Party)
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
All-school Purim celebration with our parents and siblings

9. Sunday: April 28, 2019 Regular Session
In addition to class:
-During 2nd session, parents can hike with Rabbi Jamie  more>>


Our South Boulder location, the beautifully renovated Bear Creek Elementary School, gives us easy access to outdoor space as well as a comfortable indoor space suited for children.
Bear Creek is located at 2500 Table Mesa Drive Boulder, CO 80305
The Opening Program location will also be held at Bear Creek.

Teaching Style

We combine outdoor and indoor settings as well as innovative and traditional teaching techniques. We are aware of the variety of learning styles and will keep our participants learning from all directions each time!

Our students will engage in experiential and traditional learning experiences to provide them with tools to explore the richness of our Jewish heritage. We will learn about Jewish values, Jewish personalities, and Jewish culture. We will build meaningful and genuine relationships with our tradition and each other. All this and more will firmly ground their Jewish identity while helping them become people with whom we all want to share the planet.

Each class also has its own web page. Please visit for more details and a simplified schedule.

GradesGenderClass and TeacherSunTueAlso Attends All-School Programs
1-2BothGrades 1-2 w/ Emily »12:30-24:45-6Yes
5-6BothGrades 5-6 w/ Elaine »12:30-24:45-6Yes
3-4BothGrades 3-4 w/ Emily »1:45-3:155:45-7:15Yes
3-4GirlsGirls Time Jr. Grades 3-4 w/ Elaine or Rabbi Jamie (depending on size) »1:45-3:155:45-7:15Yes
5-6GirlsGirls Time Sr. Grades 5-6 w/ Elaine »1:45-3:155:45-7:15Yes


ARK 1-2 and 5-6
$399 for members
$449 for non-members

ARK 3-4 (includes 3 dinners)
$430/ for members
$480 / for non- members

Girls Time (includes 3 dinners and a small staff to student ratio)
$449 for members
$499 for non-members

Tuition Details & Discounts:

After August 1, 2018, the fee is +$25 per student, if there is room
Scholarships are available for families eligible for National School Lunch Program and/or SNAP
Refunds are not available unless you purchase $36 tuition insurance per student. If you purchase tuition insurance, we will refund the remainder of the classes. A $50 registration fee and $36 tuition insurance are not refundable.

Note: Cell phones and other similar electronic devices are not permitted at Adventure Rabbi Kids classes including Girls Time and the Adventure B’nai Mitzvah Class. If your student needs to bring a phone so that they can contact a parent at the end of class, they can keep it out of sight in their backpack/bag. If they use it during class, it will be taken away and returned after class.

Please consider a membership for you and your child to our congregation.

Membership Benefits:

  • Discount tuition
  • Free attendance to our Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur retreat (lodge rooms and catered meals extra)
  • Free attendance to Fridays on Flagstaff
  • Help sustain our congregation
  • Discounts to our summer camp
  • Attend member-only events
  • Convert unused portions of membership payment into an end-of-year tax deduction of up to $180 for your child and $375 for yourself.

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We can’t wait to welcome your family into our community!


Our Staff

Elaine Barenblat, Adventure Educator:

Elaine Barenblat is a full-time Adventure Educator, serving our base in Boulder, CO and our ever-growing Distance Learning community.

Elaine is adored by our students because she makes learning fun and genuinely cares about their experience. Her enthusiasm for Jewish learning has brought an extra spark to ARK.

In addition to ARK, Elaine tutors many of our students in Hebrew, teaches Individual Bar and Bat Mitzvah students, runs our teen program and mentors our interns.

Elaine is a native of San Antonio, Texas, but has always had her heart in Colorado’s mountains. She received her Interdisciplinary Studies degree from the University of North Texas with a focus in early childhood and special education.

Emily Norman:

Soon after moving to Boulder in August 2006 Emily participated in her first Adventure Rabbi hike. A proponent of AR ever since, Emily is thrilled to be a member of the teaching staff.

Currently, a theatre educator at Watershed School and a teaching artist at the Denver JCC, Emily’s primary position is the Director of Education and Founder of Acting Out Theatre Company, an educational theatre company serving Boulder County. More about Acting Out Theatre Company>>

Emily holds an MA from NYU in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities and a BA from Wheaton College (Norton, MA). She has completed a certification program at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, studied Community-Engaged Theatre in Ireland and attended Eugene O’Neill’s National Theatre Institute in Waterford, CT.

Rabbi Jamie Korngold, Adventure Rabbi:

Rabbi Jamie is the founder of the Adventure Rabbi/ Adventure Judaism.and is thrilled to get to hang out with Adventure Rabbi Kids once a month. Her priority is to create a fun, safe environment, in which kids can make deep and lasting friends, even if they came in knowing no one. Her primary role is to lead the song-sessions but she can also be found helping at all the All-School events, subbing for Elaine or Emily, and leading hikes for parents concurrent to ARK sessions.

We can’t wait to welcome your family into our community!