JQuest is KI's Jewish education experience for kids in grades K-6.  

JQuest B'Yachad is religious school re-imagined for families of Elkins Park, Abington, Philadelphia, Upper Dublin, Lower Moreland and beyond. Keeping the same goals for Bar and Bat Mitzvah that existed in the Hebrew schools of the previous decades, JQuest B’Yachad uses 21st century educational research to ensure students learn more, dig deeper, and have a more fun, engaging experience.  JQuest B’Yachad focuses on community, creating Jewish memories, and building Jewish relationships.

At JQuest B’Yachad we help kids bring Jewish learning to life in the following way:

Jewish Life: Using project-based learning students work together to learn about Jewish history, customs, and traditions.  At JQuest they generate individual meaning, explore their creative passions, and have experiential opportunities to achieve grade-level curriculum goals with guidance from clergy and teachers.

Prayer and Holiday Study: Students explore the foundations of Jewish life through regular child-focused T’fillot (prayer) led by our clergy each week, as well as the foundations of holiday rituals in the home and synagogue.

Hebrew Study: JQuest is a Hebrew rich environment.  Each week students learn a letter and word of the week and our younger students participate in Hebrew through Movement, an interactive aural Hebrew program.  After gaining a strong aural foundation older students begin to decode (sounding out letters to form words) in small groups to achieve mastery based on their own learning needs.

We are committed to ensuring a positive experience for your family, providing support for all kinds of learners and welcoming all families seeking to raise a Jewish child.  We strive to ensure that KI is a Jewish organization committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

When able to meet in person, JQuest B'Yachad meets on Sundays from 9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. September through May and on Tuesdays with students from Adath Jeshurun, Beth Sholom and Old York Road Temple Beth Am from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. for 2nd - 6th graders.  JQuest has earned national accreditation from the Association of Reform Jewish Educators. 

If you are a member of Keneseth Israel, 2020-2021 pricing for JQuest B'Yachad is: 
Kindergarten: $495/year
First Grade/QuestNoar: $745/year
Second-Sixth Grades: $1020/year

To Register as a Returning Student for JQuest B'Yachad click here.

To Register as a New Student for JQuest B'Yachad click here.

For the JQuest B'Yachad Family Handbook click here.

For the JQuest B'Yachad Service Attendance Tracker click here.

School Calendar 20-21 click here.

Other Link: ReformJudaism.org

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to Jewish learning and community.  Our JQuest program continues on-line, starting Oct. 18, 2020 until further notice.  We will reevaluate in December.  For more information on what to expect from our on-line learning program, please see below.

Here is the way our on-line learning will work:

For K-6 at KI: We will split classes into A and B groups if our numbers warrant it in each of the Sunday programs (Beth Am and KI)

Sundays - Week Aleph
9:45 - 9:55 a.m. K Music
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. 30 minutes Zoom class with A groups K-6
10:35 - 10:50 a.m. 15 minutes Tefillah on Zoom for K-6
10:55 - 11:25 a.m. 30 minutes Zoom class with B groups K-6
11:30 - 11:40 a.m. Hebrew Through Movement on Zoom for grades 3-4
Hebrew Through Movement on Zoom for grades 1-2
11:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Shir Joy
Sundays - Week Bet
9:45 - 9:55 a.m. 1st and 2nd Music
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. 30 minutes Zoom class with A groups K-6
10:35 - 10:50 a.m. 15 minutes Tefillah on Zoom for K-6
10:55 - 11:25 a.m. 30 minutes Zoom class with B groups K-6
11:30 - 11:40 a.m. Hebrew Through Movement on Zoom for grades 3-4
Hebrew Through Movement on Zoom for grades 1-2
For 2-6 (Second and Third Tuesday is optional for Beth Am and KI students)
We will split classes into C and D groupings if our numbers warrant it in our cohort of Tuesday students from AJ, BSC, KI and Beth Am
Tuesdays – Weekly
4:45 - 5:15 p.m. 2nd-6th Zoom class with C groups
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. 2nd-6th Zoom class with D groups
As students will be in Zoom classes for limited periods of time (one can only Zoom so much!), it is essential that students also engage in asynchronous learning at home to augment what would be an in-person experience in absence of a pandemic.  These learning pieces are NOT HOMEWORK, but a piece of “class time” upon which the Zoom sessions depend for success.
Additional Scheduling:
asynchronous: outside assignments and material engagement should take no more than 30 minutes per week and are an expected part of the learning. Refraining from doing so is like being absent from class.
additional support: Hebrew teachers or madrichim will connect virtually with students 1:1, 2:1 or 3:1--depending on student needs--for at least 15 minutes/week in grades 3 and up; this could involve decoding or reciting prayers together, reviewing Jewish Life Vocabulary or Hebrew Through Movement commands. These sessions will be at a set time, but do not necessarily have to be on the same day as class Zoom sessions.
K-2 teachers will connect virtually with students 1:1 for at least 15 minutes 1-2x/month/student to check in and engage with students around Jewish curricular content.

Prayers by Cantor Levy:

School Closing Information

Please note: When questions arise due to inclement weather, building closures will be noted on the KI voice mail message 1 hour before the service/event. 

CALL: 215-887-8700 

In case of inclement weather that necessitates the closing of Religious School, please do one of the following to check:

  • School closings will be posted on the home page of the Keneseth Israel website and our Facebook page. Messages will be sent via an e-mail blast.
  • Tune to KYW  and listen for our school number:  324 (JQuest & Quest Noar)
  • Our Name will appear on ABC

If you don't hear our school name, it means school is in session.