All About KIvunim


Dear Parents,

Bruchimot HaBa’imot. Welcome to Kehillat Israel’s Kivunim School.  The teachers and I are excited about working with you and your children to explore our Jewish values, heritage, and community.

Nicole Ellefson, Director



Kitah Alef (grades K-2)
Sundays 10:00 am- 12:15 pm

Kitah Bet (grades 3-7)
Sundays 10:00 am – 12:15 pm and Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 pm

Tot Shabbat (geared towards families and toddlers)
Third Saturday of the month; confirm on calendar.


The goals of the religious school are oriented to both the family and the student. We want our students to:

Think Jewishly: to possess a Jewish imagination filled with Jewish stories, songs, expressions, customs and cultural idiosyncrasies;

Be Jewishly Literate: to know how to pick up a siddur (prayer book) and daven (pray), or pick up a chumash (Torah text) and learn;

Be Jewishly Active: to know how to perform synagogue, home and community rituals, and to participate in synagogue and Jewish communal life;

Live Ethically: to live according to Jewish values and ethics, committing themselves to tzedakah (justice and righteousness), tikkun olam (repairing the world), and gemilut hasadim (acts of loving-kindness).


    • Holidays
    • Hebrew/Tefillot (Prayers)
    • Bible & Sacred Texts
    • Jewish Heritage & Identity
    • Mitzvot
    • Israel

Arts and crafts, music, singing, and drama are integrated into the curriculum to enhance and enrich the learning experience.


Our school seeks to nurture and develop our children’s Jewish identity through the study and celebration of Jewish history, holidays, prayer, culture, values, and language.

Our school believes that teaching children to think critically using multiple perspectives (pluralism of ideas) enables them to appreciate and respect a wide range of points-of-view on both Jewish and general issues as they grow into adulthood. Our school is committed to the teaching of critical thinking skills and the appreciation of multiple perspectives.

Our school values the diversity and differences within our school, our congregation, the Lansing Jewish community, and the broader world. Hence, our school provides a Jewish education that is integrally connected to the congregation and the broader community, enhancing the child’s sense of both personal and Jewish identity.

Our school seeks to foster lifelong learning for students, parents, and families. Parent and other adult participation in our school as avocational teachers, volunteers, mentors, and through family programming provides opportunities for adults to share knowledge and perspectives with students and other families, and also to engage in adult and family learning. Through family programming and adult learning opportunities, parents are empowered to realize their own strengths and skills as educators, while serving as inspiring role models for our children.

Our school seeks to be an integral component of the Jewish community for our families and congregation, encouraging a connection between Jewish learning in the home and the learning that occurs within our school. Our school believes that a connection between school, home, and the broader Jewish community is critical to successfully meeting our school’s goals.