About ALMA

The world is sustained solely through the breath of the children when they are learning in school. – Talmud, Shabbat 119b

Dear Prospective Families,

Welcome to ALMA!

ALMA is a fresh approach to Jewish education for youth and families. We pride ourselves on being a different model for Jewish education.  Our innovative program brings Jewish tradition to life through engaging each student’s mind, body and soul.  Our premise is that Judaism matters. We believe that Jewish life and tradition has the potential to add profound meaning and richness to our lives and be a force for positive change in our world. We believe that our students must genuinely enjoy themselves in order to learn and develop the love of Jewish life and tradition that we aspire to impart. Our passionate staff works hard to create a culture that is joyful, where our students and their families feel respected, engaged and inspired.

ALMA is open to all families regardless of background or affiliation as members of CBI.

Our ALMA community is extremely diverse and includes many interfaith, blended and LGBTQIA+ families that identify as Jewish. We welcome families with diverse theological perspectives.

Our classes combine grade levels.  In our combined classes, we have a rotating 2-year curriculum so that our students are engaging new subject material each year.  We also offer differentiated, small-group learning opportunities within classes that cater to different learning styles and skill levels.  We refer to our classes by Hebrew names below rather than by grades. On occasion we have students who, for different reasons, move through the ALMA classes at a different pace than the guidelines below.  If you have questions about which class your child should be in, please be in touch.

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Class Name And Corresponding Age Group:

  • K’tana: Pre K (small world)
  • Nitzanim: K-1 (buds)
  • Amirim: 2-3 (bundles of wheat)
  • Ilanot: 4-5 (trees)
  • Rimonim: 6-7 (pomegranates)

ALMA Family Programming Schedule

  • 3 ALMA Family Shabbat services and dinners during ALMA school year
  • Shabbat Shmooze (coffee and treats) Most Saturdays 9:30 AM-9:50 AM
  • Torah Study with Rabbi Jacob, Most Saturdays 9:50 AM-11:00 AM
  • Shabbat Family Programs, Many Saturdays, 11:15 AM-12:00 PM
  • Kiddush Lunch: Every Saturday at ~12:15pm in CBI Social Hall

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  I am always happy to set up a time to meet.  I look forward to learning and celebrating together in the year to come.

L’shalom (for peace),

Rabbi Jacob Fine, Director of Jewish Life

rabbijacob@cbinorthampton.org, 413-584-3593 x 203

Molly Bajgot, Assistant Director of Jewish Life