Israeli Center


Ages3 years -8th grade

Emek is an Israeli language and cultural after school program for children from 3 years old through 8 grade. The program teaches modern Hebrew language and Israeli culture in a fun, hands-on way.

Emek is an annual curriculum for Hebrew learning and Israeli culture, for children ages 3 to 9th grade.

The program exposes the students to Hebrew alongside of the Israeli culture in a fun and practical way.

In Emek we are committed to the quality of teaching together with rich contents that are important to us as Israeli parents raising our children aboard. Therefore, we offer:

1. Modern Hebrew – Annual modern Hebrew learning program for Hebrew-speaking children.

2. Professional curriculum- Our programs are approved by the Ministry of Education in Israel and focuses on reading, writing and reading comprehension.

3. Professional staff – Emek’s staff are experienced educators with extensive experience in Hebrew language teaching in Israel and around the world.

4. Small groups and personal attention – In order to ensure the proper attention to each student and their progress according to personal abilities, we will maintain small groups and a supportive teacher according to the number of students in the classroom.

עמק היא תוכנית לימודים שנתית ללימוד השפה העברית והתרבות הישראלית, לילדים מכיתות הגן עד כיתה ט׳.
התוכנית חושפת את הילדים לשפה ולתרבות הישראלית בצורה מהנה ומעשית.

בעמק אנו מחוייבים לאיכות הוראה לצד עושר בתכנים החשובים לנו כהורים ישראלים המגדלים את ילדיהם מחוץ לישראל. על כן אנו מציעים:

א – עברית מודרנית, תוכנית שנתית ללימוד עברית מודרנית עבור ילדים דוברי עברית.

ב- תוכנית לימודים מקצועית- תוכניות הלימוד של עמק מאושרות ע”י משרד החינוך בישראל ומתמקדות בקריאה, כתיבה והבנת הנקרא.

ג – צוות מקצועי – צוות ההוראה של עמק מורכב מאנשי חינוך בעלי נסיון רב בהוראת השפה העברית בישראל ובעולם.

ד – כיתות קטנות ויחס אישי – על מנת להבטיח את תשומת הלב הראויה לכל תלמיד והתקדמות בהתאם ליכולות אישיות, נקפיד על כיתות קטנות ומורה מסייעת בהתאם למספר התלמידים בכיתה.

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The education/ learning environment Environment & Surroundings

Emek team’s goal is to enable learning in a pleasant, encouraging and challenging atmosphere. We emphasize learning in small homogeneous groups as possible with suitable teacher-students ratio.

The limited number of students in each group allows to have a group interaction that encourages dialogue and sharing in Hebrew, meaningful learning and social gathering. On the other hand,  Emek’s small groups enable personal attention tailored to the needs of the children.

The dividing to learning groups is based on the Hebrew level, in the fields of speech, understanding, reading and writing, together with age and personal suitability. Each new student in Emek will be invited brief introductory session by which we will determine his placement in a group.

In Emek we benefit from the JCC’s classes and facilities. Our classrooms are accessorized with the best equipment required to teach Hebrew in the most diverse and proper way.

Emek teachers have many years of experience in teaching the relevant age group, in Israel and within the Israeli community in the United States.

Please note: According to the program’s policy, photography and videos of the students is done on an ongoing basis for future advertising and marketing purposes. If you do not want your child’s photos to be used, please contact Emek’s administrative director by email prior to the beginning of the school year.

הסביבה הלימודית

 המטרה של צוות עמק היא לאפשר למידה באווירה נעימה, מעודדת ומאתגרת בדגש על למידה בקבוצות קטנות והומוגניות ככל האפשר ויחס נכון בין מורה למספר התלמידים בכיתה. מספר התלמידים המצומצם בכל קבוצה מזמן מצד אחד לקיים אינטרקציה קבוצתית כזו המעודדת שיח בעברית, למידה משותפת ומשמעותית ותחושה של מפגש חברתי לצד הלמידה ומצד שני יחס אישי ומותאם לצרכי הילדים.

מיון הילדים בקבוצות הלמידה מבוסס על רמת העברית (דיבור, הבנה, קריאה וכתיבה) של הילד/ה, גיל והתאמה בין אישית (כל ילד חדש שנרשם לעמק יוזמן למפגש היכרות קצר על פיו נקבע את השיבוץ שלו).

עמק נהנה מהמבנים, המתחמים ומכיתות הלימוד של הג׳ייסיסי , הכיתות מאובזרות בכל הציוד הנדרש להוראת העברית בצורה המגוונת והטובה ביותר. 

מורות עמק הינן מורות, בעלות ניסיון רב שנים בהוראה לקבוצת הגיל הרלוונטית בישראל ובארה”ב בקהילה הישראלית.

שימו לב: על פי מדיניות התוכנית, צילום התלמידים (תמונות ווידאו) נעשה באופן שוטף למטרות פירסום ושיווק עתידיות. אם אינכם מעוניינים שיעשה שימוש בתמונות ילדכם, פנו למנהלת האדמיניסטרטיבית של עמק באמצעות אימייל ועדכנו אותה בנידון.


What is the registration policy?

At the time of registration we will charge a deposit of $70 + $80 for the books and materials.

During the registration you will be asked to set a payment plan by choosing a payment method (credit card or checking account). The tuition will be paid in 6 payments. The first one will be due September 25th .

What are the tuition costs?

  • Early Bird prices available through 6/15/2022
  • 5% sibling discount – use coupon code sibling5 (private and semi-private lessons are excluded)
  • JCC cash can be applied
  • Absence from class does not offset from monthly payment under any circumstances (including a family trip, a flight to Israel, family events, quarantine, illness*, etc.).

View Pricing Here

What is the cancellation policy?

In the event you cancel your child’s registration by August 31, 2022, you will receive a full refund of books & materials fees.

In the event you cancel your child’s registration between September 1, 2022 and January 31, 2023, you will receive a prorated refund of the number of classes that took place, less deposit and books & materials fees.

As of February 1, 2023, no refunds will be given.
* Special cases will be discussed separately by the management team.

Admittance of a student during the school year

Admittance of a student during the school year shall be approved, subject to availability in the appropriate group for that child based on age and fluency in Hebrew.

Emek’s class schedule

  • Classes will take place once a week, between 4:00pm-5:15pm or 5:30pm-6:45pm.
  • Please update your own calendar and note that changes may occur. We will update you about any changes as soon as possible.
  • In case of exceptional circumstances , the JCC will decide if a class will be canceled or will be held online. You will be sent a text message from the headteacher when this occurs.

View Schedule Here

Communication With Parents

We believe that our connection with you and your children is the basis of our success. We encourage parents to contact us with any questions, comments, requests or compliments. A list of emails and phone numbers of all relevant staff members will be given to EMEK families at the beginning of the year, and also can be found at the contact form below

Every teacher will send updates on a weekly basis so that parents will know what the children learned in class and what the homework assignments are for the next session so children can continue to learn at home and benefit from our program.

EMEK’s website contains a great deal of information for students and parents, which will help in understanding the curriculum and planned activities during the year. We would appreciate it if you visited our website.

On our Facebook page you can find pictures of your children studying and enjoying EMEK, regular updates on the activities at EMEK and the Israeli Center and ideas for activities with the children at home. Look for us at Emek at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades.

What is the Code of conduct?

We listen to every child and are respectful of their needs so we can help them reach their potential and enjoy their studies. In the same manner, we expect that the children will respect each other, their teachers and their environment. At the beginning of the year, each class will determine the code of conduct for the class. We are sure parents will be partners to our approach. Please let us know if any difficulty occurs during the year so we can to address any difficulty or need. And be sure to remind your children about the code of conduct so that EMEK continues to be a program that meets the needs of all of its students.

Get In Touch

Contact Us

Have a question about EMEK? Reach out to our team — we’d love to hear from you!

Please call (201) 408-1469 or email or fill in the form and we will get back to you.

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