The value of education is deeply rooted in Jewish beliefs and to gain knowledge about Judaism is key to the perpetuation of our faith and our people. Thus our Temple Israel Religious School is committed to engage with our youth, from kindergarten age through B’Nai Mitzvah.
Ours is an innovative model of interactive learning and exploration, where discussions have replaced worksheets, and stories and personal narratives become springboards to the pursuit of answers, awareness and discovery. Our curriculum is designed to impart not only the basics of Judaism, but also to foster connections to the synagogue, the broader Jewish community and our neighbors throughout the area. We instill an understanding that Jewish learning leads to Jewish living.
Temple Israel offers a model that will engage each family as a learning unit. Grades K-7 students meet on Sundays during the school year and gather as a community for T'fillah at the start of the morning. Once a month, our students and their families will gather together to volunteer in our community on a project that connects to the unit of that month. We believe that families that learn and volunteer together as part of a Jewish community will continue to create tangible Jewish connections throughout their lifetime.
For students in grades 4-7, an additional day of Hebrew study is held during the week in skill-grouped classes where they learn to decode the Hebrew alphabet and language, build their fluency skills and find meaning in the prayers of our liturgy.
Our B'Nai Mitzvah students meet individually with our Religious School Director as well as our Rabbi.
Our Confirmation students meet monthly and also have the chance to participate in weekly Community Jewish High School classes.
Many of our students actively participate in our Youth Group, and some of our advanced older students have become our Madrichim, furthering their leadership skills though an additional monthly training program.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact our Religious School & Youth Programming Director
We are pleased that you have chosen to register your child(ren) at Temple Israel for this school year. We look forward to a year of learning and growing together!
The first step in your registration process is the completion of the registration form. Once we receive the form and deposit, we will email you an Emergency Medical Form for each of your registered children. That form should be completed, signed and returned to the Temple Office before the start of the first day of Religious School.
That critical turning point in Jewish life from childhood to adulthood comes at age 13. A son or daughter transitions from learning to be responsible to being responsible, able to take part in the obligations of becoming part of the Jewish community. At this juncture of their religious education, they will learn how to read and chant from the Torah, teach Torah, engage in mitzvah projects and be prepared to assist in leading the congregation in the essential parts of the worship service. Our students meet with our Religious School Director and Rabbi individually for tutoring and Torah study.
In addition to study, service to the community is encouraged and we work together with you and your child to determine an appropriate commitment that’s based on their interests and abilities. The aim is to enrich their knowledge of Judaism and embrace its teachings, earning the title of Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
For any adult who wants to commemorate the anniversary of his or her original milestone, or for those who did not experience becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah before but would now like to, we can make that happen!
While a child of 13 technically becomes an “adult” in Jewish life, the Reform movement created the ritual of Confirmation to allow a young adult to confirm their commitment to Judaism and living a Jewish life, generally at the end of 10th grade.