Your child is creative? Here is a new place to know about…

If you have lived on the Upper West Side or visited museums around town, you probably know Linda White and her wonderful reputation for engaging children in creative and open-ended play.  Linda will now be hosting her play studios on 89th street  between Broadway & West End at B’nai Jeshurun.  I highly recommend spending time with her and the other thoughtful families who carve out time to be in her company – with found materials and globally sourced treasures.  My kids have grown up learning with Linda.  Please spread the word.  It’s really a gift that BJ is offering to our neighborhood to have Linda White here.  She has worked in many of the most prestigious museums and communities around the world!

Creative Play Studio

Tuesdays beginning on September 16 | 10:15AM and 11:15AM | 89th Street Community House
Join Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, for a creative and artistic play space with your child. This open play space will encourage children to explore and experiment with natural materials, build on their creativity and expand their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. Families can sign up for the fall semester, or can pay per session. This program is a collaboration of BJ Young Families and the Imagination Play Project. For ages 0-3. Register here.


After School Play Studio

Tuesdays beginning on September 16 | 3:30-5:30PM | 89th Street Community House
Come play and explore in our new after school program! Linda White, Imagination Play Project founder and play curator, creates an inviting space for kids to build with natural materials, expand on their creativity and open their imaginations, all within a Jewish framework. Families can sign up for the fall semester or can pay per session. This program is a collaboration of BJ Young Families and the Imagination Play Project. For ages Pre-K to third grade. Register here.


BJ has other amazing programs for young families.  Check them out (and if your organization has programs to share, please let me know!): 

Bim Bam Fall Session

Friday Mornings, September 5-December 19 | 9:15-10:00AM, 10:15-11:00AM, and 11:15AM-12:00PM | 88th Street Frankel Hall
Bim Bam is a pre-Shabbat class for children ages 3 and under to sing Hebrew and Shabbat-related songs, hear stories, and give tzedakah. We end every class with Shabbat blessings including lighting the candles, kiddush and hamotzi. Registration for the fall session is now open for the 10:15AM and 11:15AM classes; the 9:15AM class is closed. The cost is $180/members and $230/non-members per family (new members attend for free, please contact Allison Kapusta). If you can’t attend all classes, sign up for a 5 Class Pass at a specific time: 10:15AM or 11:15AM. It’s good for any fall date, and the cost is $100/members and $140/nonmembers. Register by September 3, and know that space is limited. There will be no class on September 26, October 10 and 17, and November 28.


Tuesdays | 4:00-6:00PM |89th Street Community House
Keshet is the Hebrew word for “rainbow” and it is also a Hebrew acronym for Kehillat Safa V’ Tarbut – Community of Language and Culture. At the core of the program is the exceptional Israeli staff, committed to creating a nurturing Hebrew/Israeli environment for our participants. In addition to Hebrew language education, we also explore aspects of Jewish and Israeli identity as well as learn about Jewish values and holidays through an Israeli prism. We are united by our shared goals to develop fluency in the Hebrew language, to instill love for Israeli culture and to build a vibrant and diverse community. For grades K-3. Register here.


About valeriegerstein

A former online media professional, I am home, on the Upper West Side, with my 2 gorgeous girls, Mia and Liza and their wonderful Daddy, Mark.
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