Gan Gani at
Moadon Kol Chadash
"I love that my child experiences the same love for Israel and Judaism as I do"
Welcome to Moadon Kol Chadash
ברוכים הבאים למועדון קול חדש
Gan Gani is an inclusive, vibrant Hebrew immersion preschool program for ages Nine months to Six years old
Kesher @ Moadon
After School and more
A place for children, teens and adults to deepen their Jewish identity, increase Hebrew skills, and connect to Israel
“I am so happy that I found Moadon Kol Chadash. As an Israeli-American, it is important to teach my children to speak Hebrew and to love Israel as I do. I was scared to have all of this responsibility on my shoulders without help, since my family lives in another state. Moadon provides me with that Israeli community I was looking for! It reminds me of my Jewish sleep away camp. I know my child is learning so much and is loved by his teachers. I am so grateful that I have this community to help raise my children in a Hebrew-speaking, Israel loving atmosphere. It is a home away from home .”
— Arielle D.
What is Moadon Kol Chadash
Moadon Kol Chadash is an inclusive, Chicagoland community for lifelong Jewish learning using Hebrew immersion.
Our mission is to provide vibrant, experiential, and informal Jewish education through unique preschool and after-school programs for all ages starting at infancy, to Bar/t Mitzvahs, through adulthood. Our comprehensive curriculum offers students and families the opportunity to explore their roots and heritage, discover the joys of Judaism, and forge strong connections to Israel.
What Programs are Offered at Moadon?
Pre Gan Gani • לפני גן גני ("Before Gan Gani") Is where our education begins. Through our partnership with the Jewish United Fund's “J-Baby” program, babies 6 to 24 months and their accompanying adult receive an early, sensory introduction to Hebrew with our Gan Gani teachers. No prior knowledge of Hebrew is required to enjoy the class. The current program runs Thursdays from 10-11am.
Gan Gani • גן גני ("My Preschool") is a year-round Hebrew immersion preschool program from Nine months to Five years old. It provides a unique place for your children to develop pre school skills and a second language, Hebrew, in an immersive play-based setting. Gan Gani is offered year-round, five days per week, with a traditional school year calendar. We also offer summer, winter and spring camps, Passover camps and more opportunities to help provide full time day care for children. The typical school day starts at 9am, with a 12:30pm or 4pm pickup time. We also offer early drop-off and late pickup options.
Kesher @ Moadon • קשר ("The Bond") is a place for all: Continuing Hebrew immersion for Gan Gani graduates, a program for children with little to no Hebrew language skills, a Bar/Bat/B'nai Mitzvah program, a post Bar/Bat/B'nai Mitzvah program, and a center for fun, educational and community gathering for adults including holiday services and celebrations, special speakers and events, and more.
It is an informal community that allows children, teens and adults to deepen their Jewish identity, increase their Hebrew skills and connect to Israel.
Among the programs offered within Kesher are:
1) Gan Gani graduates or children with considerable exposure to Hebrew continue their education with the language and culture. This program also prepares students for a smooth, stress-free transition to becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah with a special focus on conversational Hebrew. It is offered after school and into the evening offered Monday through Thursday, with many children carpooling and sometimes being bussed from nearby schools depending on enrollment. We offer flexible solutions and alternatives to allow for maximum attendance.
2) Non-Hebrew speaking children and adults who are looking to explore their Jewish identity and the Hebrew language learn through an informal, experiential approach. Contact us to learn more.
3) A Bar/Bat/B’nai Mitzvah Program program which prepares students for a smooth, stress-free transition to becoming a Bar/Bat/B’nai Mitzvah with a special focus reading with understanding. In our program each child leads their entire service, and an individual siddur (prayer book) is prepared for each student. We also host the service and event in our brand new facility. Contact us to learn more.
4) Above and Beyond- Post B’nai Mitzvah Program is a monthly get-together with post B’nai Mitzvah students. Dinner is served and a variety of current topics are discussed, movies are shown, with guest speakers and field trips. This is typically offered once a month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Contact us to learn more.
What if my family does not speak Hebrew
The proven benefits of early second-language acquisition in brain development, mental health, and academic achievement are incontrovertible. Recent studies suggest that brain cells from birth until age 6 are especially primed for second-language acquisition.
We are so proud of our proven Hebrew immersion program and to welcome students from all walks of life with varying existing connections to Judaism, Hebrew and Israel. Through our nurturing, safe and fun environment, our children and families learn Hebrew, become versed in current events and the history of the Jewish people, and celebrate Jewish holidays, tradition and culture.
Often parents of children do not speak Hebrew, and are worried about communicating with their children. With ongoing communication, our teachers are available to the parents at any time to help with any disconnections (i.e. sending the teacher a recording of a word or song in Hebrew and getting a translation back), however, that is unlikely to happen. More than half of the families that send their children to Gan Gani speak little to no Hebrew at home without issue at school or at home.
The crown jewel of your child's education at our preschool will be the acquisition of a second language-a gift that lasts a lifetime. Our Hebrew immersion approach is particularly well-suited to develop a second language so marked at this age.
"Babies and young children have incredible early learning skills and are uniquely equipped to learn the building blocks of one or more languages starting at birth. This is an ideal time to introduce foreign languages to kids and to encourage cross linguistic learning."
--Dr. April Benasich, Infancy Studies Laborato
Director,Center for Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University
I want my child to be exposed to a diverse, colorful educational experience. How can Moadon achieve this?
Moadon proudly admits students of any race, color, ethnic or national origin and respects all diverse cultures. You do not need to be Israeli, let alone Jewish, to achieve the benefits of learning at any one of Moadon's programs. There is not only vast diversity between different people of the Jewish faith, including ethnic backgrounds, cultural differences, variations in the observation of Jewish laws, traditions and customs, but we also embrace families with little or no connection to Israel or Judaism. The "differences" of our families is what creates the rich, diverse tapestry of Moadon Kol Chadash in that we have children and families of multiple faiths, ethnicities, identities, and marital status.
The number of students and parents interested in informal, experiential learning is clearly growing, a fact that has enriched and diversified our population over the past 33 years. Though the majority of our students come from the Near North neighborhoods of Chicago, Moadon Kol Chadash serves students from almost every area of the city, as well as from such suburbs as Winnetka, Evanston, Glencoe, Skokie, and Oak Park. Our after-school program students attend a variety of schools across Chicago, ranging from public to private, specialty and home schools. Our students also represent a wide socioeconomic spectrum: some come from families able to support us above and beyond the cost of their children's tuition, while others require scholarships to be able to attend. Everyone feels involved, counted, and compelled to give whatever they can in support: whether that be time, resources, or simply an encouraging word. Most importantly, no child has ever been turned away from participating in Moadon Kol Chadash’s programs due to financial constraints.
How much does it cost to attend the programs at Moadon Kol Chadash?
You can find out more information about tuition rates and sessions for Gan Gani here.
You can find out more information about rates for Kesher @Moadon here.
Our goal is to accommodate every child whose family wants to participate in Moadon Kol Chadash’s programs. If you are experiencing financial constraints and would like more information about scholarship opportunities, please contact us.