A Parent’s Guide to a Jewish Summer


Hebrew school is out. Day school is over. The High Holidays are off in a distant time called fall. Hey, even most rabbis take July off. But all this doesn’t mean children and teens — and their parents — can’t find a way to make Judaism and summer fun go hand in hand. Besides, there are only so many times they can see “Tarzan.” Below is a mostly comprehensive list of what summer ’99 has to offer the families of Jewish Los Angeles.

If you’re looking for a more long-term Jewish activity for your children, most JCC’s and local synagogues offer summer camps and “Mommy and Me” programs. If a family vacation beckons, Ron Wolfson of the Whizin Center for the Jewish Future at the University of Judaism suggests that you “think of something Jewish to do on the trip.” Bring along kosher delights, Shabbat candles, or call up the synagogues and JCCs in the area you choose to visit.

Here’s a roundup of classes and activities for children of all ages. Many require fees and advance reservations, so it’s best to call ahead.