Arts 36


Arts 36

Arts 36 is Open Temple’s unique and new way to do Jew-School for ages 5-11. Comprised of three different gathering experiences: Holiday/Enrichment Experiences, Arts Classroom Experiences and Family Education, Arts 36 introduces students to Spirituality through Creativity.

The Year:

Arts 36 program is crafted to maximize classroom time with Creativity, Community Building and Learning. We recognize that spiritual education should not be a burden to the family; rather, an enrichment that we build into our schedules. Our school meets about twice/monthly:  once/month concurrent with the holiday at the actual holiday observance (i.e. a Purim Dance Party on Purim), and once/month in our Creative Arts Classroom settings.  On months where there are no holidays, students meet concurrent to our Friday night services or on a trip to a museum or hike. 

Holiday and Enrichment Experiences include High Holiday Happenings, Sukkot on the AK Farm, Hanukah on the Canal Parade, Purim Family Dance Party, a trip to a local LA Jewish Museum, a Family Shabbat Dinner, a service project, a hike and the option of a retreat during the Passover break with Wilderness Torah as well as a retreat with for a total of 24 experiences. In addition, families will be offered at home experiences to bring a “living Judaism” into the home.

Arts Class Experiences:  The year is divided into Four Units–Fine Art, Drama, Dance and Music. All experiences are curated and activities match the discipline studied in each unit.

Family Education:  Arts 36 inspires.  The creative inspiration and spiritual practices that your child engages in at Open Temple should find their way to your home, and we provide 10 “boxed experiences” that you can bring into your home to create a living Judaism with your family.**


10 CTA Sundays

14 Shabbat and Holiday programs

1 Retreat

1 Service Project

10 at-home experiences of “Living Judaism”**

Total: 36 Experiences through the year.

**Please note: The list of 10 may include:

Light Shabbat Candles, Make Kiddush, Chant Motze, Give Tzedakah, Build a Sukkah, Light the Hanukiah for 8 nights, Plant a tree, Send Mishloach Manot, Study Torah story, visit the sick/elderly, chant the Bedtime Shema, chant Modeh Ani when you rise.


Classes are now in formation for Fall 2019/5780. For further inquiry and to sign up:

School Fees

Your donation for Creative Torah Academy is tax deductible. Open Temple believes that participation in Creative Torah Academy is for the whole family and requires that families become Open Temple co-creators before beginning Creative Torah Academy. If our suggested membership rates aren’t affordable for your family, please contact us and we will work something out.

Our 2019-2020 rates are as follows:

Arts 36 (5-11): $1800/year

B Mitzvah: $6500

Creative Torah Academy Arts 36 was designed thanks to the generous support of the Etzah Fellowship at the American Jewish University Fingerhut School of Education by Rabbi Lori Shapiro.




The evening was amazing, the service was more than wonderful and one that everyone is still talking about. Our friends and family were left with a feeling of knowing what they sat through – a loving, warm service that transmitted the knowledge of what the process was all about. They experienced a Bar Mitzvah in a way none have done so before (as did we).

– Max’s Mom