A place to grow, play, learn, and build Jewish friendships for children ages 4-7 

Jewish playgroup

As part of the Desert Outreach Synagogue’s Shabbat school, we are pleased to offer Jewish families with small children (ages 4-7) a place to grow, play, learn, and build Jewish friendships on Shabbat mornings from 9:45 AM to noon. In addition to play, our preschoolers are introduced to the Hebrew alphabet and learn about Jewish values and holidays. Come for a part or all of the gathering to meet and connect with other Jewish parents.

Parents are invited to stay during Playgroup sessions to meet other families who are working to secure their child’s Jewish identity.  The children will learn about their Jewish heritage, rituals, and prayers through art, song, and story. 

The playgroup meets 17 times during the school year for a cost of $285 per child, with a 10% reduction for each additional child. You may pay monthly or in full. No one is turned away due to financial constraints.

As Rabbi Jules says, “Come join us. You already belong!” If you have any questions about the Shabbat school or our Jewish playgroup, please get in touch with Arava.

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class schedule


Classes 1-5 meet at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert, located at: 

72425 Via Vail
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Classes 6-7 meet on Zoom

Hebrew & religious school 

9:45 AM -12:00 PM with snack and break time
11:30 AM – Family T’fillah
12:00 PM -1:15 PM  – Midrasha Teen Program

Classes 6 and 7  are held via Zoom on Tuesday afternoons. 4:00 PM – to 5:15 PM 


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Adult Education

Jewish education never ends; we continue studying and learning until the end. At DOS, we offer a series of exciting courses in Jewish studies. The courses may be taken alone or as part of a specific goal.

prayer book with Torah scroll and prayer shawl

Torah Study

We come together each Shabbat and delve into a portion of the Torah. Engagement in lively debate and discussion is encouraged. We share its relevance in our lives and personal world views.

Midrasha Class

Preparing for confirmation, Midrasha’s classes pursue a course of study that includes the Book of Ruth, the Ten Commandments, and Mussar (a Jewish study that promotes balance in one’s life.

cute little boy wearing a kippah eating a matzo cracker

Shabbat School

Shabbat school provides a vibrant environment where students from the Coachella Valley learn about Jewish rituals, holidays, observances, and liturgy. 

Registration for classes

Click the button below to open our Registration Document. Complete it online or download the file.