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Youth Institute for Spirituality and Action



Click here for descriptions of the programming for each grade level, as well as our mission and vision

We are excited to announce our 2024-2025 (5785) year of Youth Institute programming! Scroll down or click here to register!

We are implementing a new Early Bird pricing structure for K-6th Grade.
Early Bird rates are available until Friday, August 16th.

Community United Methodist Church, 81-10 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372


  • 0-PreK: Malkhut & Me

  • Kindergarten-1st Grade: Shtilim (Saplings)

  • 2nd-3rd Grade: Anafim (Branches)

  • 4th-6th Grade: Mekhinim (Preparers)

  • 7th-8th Grade: Olim (Going Up)

  • 9th Grade+: Teen Program

At least one adult is required to attend Shabbat morning services alongside their child's participation in the Youth Institute program from ages 0-BMitzvah.


  • Malkhut & Me Full Class Pass: $225 (Partners)/$300 (Not Yet Partners)

  • Malkhut & Me Half Class Pass: $120 (Partners)/$160 (Not Yet Partners)

  • First Child (Shtilim-Mekhinim): Early Bird $1,000; Regular $1,200

  • Additional Child (Shtilim-Mekhinim): Early Bird $800; Regular $1,000

  • Olim: $1,000 + BMitzvah Fee

  • Mekhinim Hebrew (5th & 6th Graders Only): $500 (You must be registered for Saturday mornings in order to attend Mekhinim Hebrew.)

  • Teen Program: $160


1st and 3rd Saturday of the month

  • September 7 (Kickoff) & 21

  • November 2 & 16*

  • December 7

  • January 4 & 18*

  • February 1

  • March 1 & 15*

  • April 5

  • May 3 & 17

  • June 7 & 21*

Please note that Olim students & Mekhinim Hebrew students have additional dates associated with their programming, generally on Wednesdays. 

*Teen Program Dates


  • 9:30 AM - Shtilim, Anafim, Mekhinim programs begin; Morning meditation for adults (Olim invited)

  • 10:00 AM - Shabbat morning services for adults + Olim

  • 10:45 AM - Malkhut & Me Schmooze

  • 11:00 AM - Malkhut & Me Begins

  • 11:00 AM - Olim & Adult Torah Study / Torah Service

  • 11:45 AM - Communal Blessings

  • 12:00 PM - Potlucks on the 1st Saturday of the month

  • 12:15 PM - Teen Program

Malkhut Partnership: All families with children in Kindergarten+ must become Malkhut Partners at the appropriate level in addition to the above tuition costs. 

Click here if you would like to participate in Malkhut's Youth Institute Payment Plan for children in Kindergarten+.

Additional Dates of Note:

  • Thursday, October 3 - Rosh Hashanah Children's Program

  • Friday, October 4 - Tashlich in Gantry Park with Malkhut & Me

  • Saturday, October 12 - Yom Kippur Children's Program

  • Saturday, October 19 - Shabbat in the Sukkah

  • Saturday, December 21 - Shabbat Services with childcare provided

  • Saturday, May 3 - Siyyum Ceremony for Olim Students

  • Saturday, May 10 - Group BMitzvah Ceremony

We highly recommend attendance at the above programs, additional fees may apply. For more special days, please check our YISA calendar.

Volunteer Responsibility


Malkhut & Me Parent Volunteer responsibilities:

  • Arriving early (around 10:30 AM)

  • Taking attendance (a roster will be provided to you) & marking down drop-ins

  • Holding space/serving as a Malkhut ambassador (you will be provided with all the information you will need)​


Shtilim-Olim Volunteer Responsibilities: ​

Volunteering is a required component of being fully engaged with Malkhut's Youth Institute program. As part of registration, we are asking for everyone with a child in Kindergarten through BMitzvah to choose at least 3 volunteer opportunities throughout the year on Friday evenings in LIC or Saturday mornings in Jackson Heights. There are additional opportunities for holidays, let us know if you're interested. Click here to learn more about what it means to be a greeter, challah bringer, grape juice pourer, and potluck point person!

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