asic philosophy of Temple Beth El’s Religious School Program
Students in 3rd-7th grade, and other pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah students, attend Religious School on Sundays and Tuesdays. Preschool through 2nd grade, and 8th through 9th grade students attend on Sundays. Confirmation classes take place one evening a month; Confirmation students also attend several Jewish retreats during the year. Exceptions can be made in consultation with the Rabbi/Educator.
- The Religious School experience is designed to develop well-rounded and knowledgeable Jews who can participate meaningfully in the Jewish community.
- The primary goal of this program is building Jewish identity, which includes Jewish traditions, values, and practices; basic Hebrew skills; and a connection to Israel.
- Hebrew is critical for a strong and sustainable Jewish identity.
- Jewish education and identity are a lifelong process, and continue beyond Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Therefore we provide programs through 12th grade.
- A significant goal of our programs is to build community among students, and for students to acquire a positive image of both Judaism and synagogue.
- All programs include both formal (curriculum-based) and informal (activity-based) learning environments.
- The synagogue’s role in building Jewish identity is complementary to the parents’ role. Programs are designed to empower family discussion, practice and participation.
What Parents Can Expect from Temple Beth El’s Religious School
- A commitment to provide students with a Jewish education that is engaging.
- A physically, emotionally, and spiritually safe environment for the children.
- Embracing of children who have a non-Jewish parent or extended family members.
- Class sizes of no more than 15 students.
- Faculty that is also committed to their own Jewish identity development.
- Frequent communication with parents, as well as responsiveness to parent feedback.
- A sincere attempt to meet any reasonable request or special need.
- Written feedback at least twice per year specific to each student.
- Resources for parents to help their children.
- Opportunities for parents to develop their own Jewish identity & knowledge.
- Respect for other religious traditions of our world.
What Temple Beth El’s Religious School Expects from Parents
- Commitment to regular participation in Religious School. Students must attend classes at least 75% of the time in order to have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation. .
- Reinforcement of Jewish learning and practice at home—ultimately, religious identity comes from parents. Parents are also asked to ensure that their children review Hebrew at least 10 minutes per day.
- Agreement to raise your child Jewish. While many of our families are interfaith, and are most welcome, TBE follows the Reform movement’s resolution to educate children raised in homes where no other religious identity is taught.