Tarbuton modern Hebrew classes are offered in the Del Mar and Solana Beach schools. New classes are being explored in Encinitas, Carlsbad, and La Jolla. The Tarbuton provides Modern Hebrew and Jewish Holiday and Israel Education in English and Hebrew for ages pre-school through 8th grade, with an innovative Shnat Mitzvah middle school program, Hebrew for High School Credit and Adult hebrew classes in the Center in Carmel Valley. Also available are an Israeli dance troupe, Singing group, and Children’s theatre. Free Hebrew Story Times; Sifriyat Pijama, are offered on Sundays at 2:00 and in San Diego public libraries.
The Tarbuton was recognized in November, 2012, by the Slingshot Fund as one of the top 50 Jewish Innovative programs in North America. Seed funding was provided first by the Jewish Federation of San Diego County in 2011 and 2012 for scholarships to needs-based students, making it possible for them to participate. The Leichtag Foundation provided additional support for the Tarbuton in 2011 and 2012 with additional scholarship funds for families and supporting the PJ Library program in the Tarbuton, the Modern Hebrew version, Sifriyat Pijama. – less