Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

K-7 Religious School

Know from where you have come

and to where you are going

At Temple Israel, we mine our extraordinary past – an ever, renewable resource – in order to develop our students as critical readers, social justice activists, reflective ritual practitioners, and Zionists in America. Our school is a place of innovation, experiential education, and fun. Learn with us.

K-7 students enrolled

verses of Torah prepared by each B'nai Mitzvah student

outstanding teachers


The goals of our education program for grades K-7 are the same as those for the entire congregation. We seek to construct powerful educational experiences that enable our students to become:

Historically, Jews have conveyed their past through the telling and reading of stories. As a text-based religion, Jews perpetuate and renew Judaism through the act of reading and interpretation. Through ongoing text study we endeavor to instill in our students the capacity to make wise choices regarding their Jewish practice and to integrate Jewish values into the entirety of their lives.

Reform Judaism embraces social justice as a key component of Jewish living in the modern world. We transmit to our students the values of tzedekah (righteous living), rachamim (compassion), and tikkun ha’olam (repair of the world), and facilitate opportunities for them to engage in this work.

Through meaningful prayer experiences and an understanding of, and familiarity with, Jewish rituals of all types, we seek to imbue our students with a sense of their spiritual selves and competency in prayer and ritual.  Our goals are for our students to utilize prayer and ritual as a way to center and nurture themselves; to connect to the larger Temple Israel community; and to become engaged with an entire people bound together in covenant.

The Jews of Israel and America are B’nei Pelugta (children of purposeful controversy): Well-matched partners in a great debate as to the meanings of Judaism and our purpose as Jews.  Little else provokes us to broaden our tradition more powerfully than encountering the “Judaisms” of Israel.  A relationship with Israel – both as people and place – is central to our evolution as American Jews.

Connect with Us

Orna Sonnenschein

Director of Elementary Education

617-566-3960 x144

School Hours

kindergarten & first grade

Early Shift:
Sunday, 8:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Late Shift:
Sunday, 11:15 – 1:15 p.m.

School Hours

second - seventh grades

Early Shift:
Sunday, 8:45-10:45 a.m. &  Thursday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Late Shift:
Sunday, 11:15-1:15 p.m. &  Tuesday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Red Card System

park, hang out, and schmooze

In an effort to provide easier access for parents of children in the Religious School, we offer a red parking card for the garage, which allows parents to park for free while religious school is in session. The red card is active at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at 8:00 a.m. on Sundays.