Echad-Breshit “Echad” Program

The Echad Program believes that teaching our children lifelong lessons that are based on Jewish principles is essential to their upbringing. More importantly, teaching them how to apply these principles to their every day
life through practical examples is crucial to their spiritual growth.

What is our Goal?

Our goal is to use the momentum that a Bar Mitzvah
generates in a boy’s life to build on their learnings and instill Jewish
and human values that would strengthen their identity. To help them develop
a solid moral compass so they can make thoughtful decisions in life.

echad-ShmotWhat does Echad mean?

In Hebrew Echad means one. In Jewish gematria each letter represents a numerical symbol. The sum of the Hebrew letters contained in the word ECHAD equals 13. Most of our boys have their first “hands on” encounter with Torah learning at the age of 13 years old as they
prepare for their Bar Mitzvah. Also, since our children go through similar experiences at this age we would like to reinforce the concept of unity within their kvutza.

What is the foundation of the Echad Program?

With the Echad Program we will bring our children in close contact with their Jewish roots and history. We will help them become familiar with the values contained in the five books that constitute the Tanaj (Breshit, Shmot, Vaikra, Bamidvar and
Dvarim). Children will learn about the Holocaust and will have  “hands on” interactions with a Holocaust survivor. In addition, our Janijim will be encouraged to strengthen their  bond with Israel.



  • Session 1 – *Breshit* – Thursday October 8th,2015
  • Session 2 – *Shmot* – Sunday November 22nd, 2015
  • Session 3 – *Vaikra* – Sunday January 31st, 2016
  • Session 4 and 5 – *Bamidbar and D’Varim* – Camping trip – Saturday February 13th and Sunday February 14th, 2016