We are a supplemental education program that offers classes for Pre-K through 7th graders. Together, we strive to build a community where parents and children can find their place in our ancient and ever evolving tradition. Come learn us with.
Sunday (all school): Class from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Assembly from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday or Thursday (grades 3-7; optional K-1 and 2nd grade on Thursdays): Hebrew from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Chugim from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Through our unique in- house curriculum, students engage in the best of modern Reform Jewish education:
Torah is full of ideas and questions, art and beauty. By engaging Torah as essential and powerful, we become people who can pull meaning from the world.
Using the best of Biblical scholarship and Jewish tradition, we teach Torah as literature in a historical context and we engage with parshanut, in order to bring the text to life as personally meaningful for our students.
We provide our students the skills to learn Torah, Hebrew, and Prayer so they are able to access Judaism anywhere they go. By studying in partnership, in chevruta, our students gain the confidence to question and challenge.
This is a place where all students are seen, known, and loved. Students are bonded through friendship as they play, learn, and grow together
Intergenerational relationships are made as students learn from teen madrichim, connect to adults in congregation-wide initiatives, and families join together in community.
We are committed actors for social change and justice in a complicated world.
Social Justice is at the heart of what it means to be a Reform Jew. We focus on the values of tzedek (justice), rachamim (compassion), and tikkun ha’olam (repair of the world). As students develop their Jewish identity, we help them identify how to take action on issues that are important to them.
Every student in every grade is engaged in meaningful justice work, whether through direct service, advocacy, philanthropy, or community organizing.
As part of our b’nei mitzvah process, all 5th-7th grade students become part of the Justice League to become more deeply engaged with justice as they realize their unique abilities to positively impact our world.
We celebrate a passionate, joy-filled Judaism.
We gather together weekly for t’fillah. For some of us, prayer is a time to connect to God. For others, a time to connect to ourselves and connect with others. Or it can be a time to find quiet in a busy week.
We engage in prayer and ritual through movement and dance, art, meditation, and discussion. Through experience with prayer and ritual, students become empowered leaders in our community.
We strive to find meaningful relationships with Israel as a people and as a place. We examine our sense of peoplehood and covenant by connecting with Global Judaism. Our curriculum, written in house, engages students in the questions of Israel’s mythic and modern history, geography, people, and culture.
Come as you are to explore who you will become. Temple Israel is multi-ethnic, LGBTQ and straight, and economically diverse. We are from countries all around the world.
We embrace all types of learners. Our curricula is adaptable and written in house, and we teach using many modalities. All of our staff is well-trained, with one-to-one aides and an Inclusion Coordinator for any student who benefits from support for any reason.
As part of The Sandbox, our play-based learning community, we offer a Sunday Pre-K class for 4 and 5 year olds. There are two 6-week sessions, offered in the Fall and Winter. The class is open to both members and non-members, and it is an excellent way for families to ease into the Religious School experience. To learn more, contact Brigid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016-2017 Pre-K Schedule
Sundays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (students may join the all school programming from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., but must have a parent present)
10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11
2/5, 2/12, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26
Godly Play is an innovative approach to religious education that seeks not so much to tell stories of faith in order that we will “know” them, but as spiritual action of finding meaning, identity and God through storytelling and listening. The pedagogical ideal of this approach is that, from the earliest age, children are invited to experience and become increasingly aware of the spiritual call within sacred stories and of their own deep response as something naturally afforded by religious narrative.
Children feel empowered when they are able to choose what and how they will learn. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, our 3rd – 7th graders spend the first 45 minutes of the day learning Hebrew, followed by an hour long chug (elective). These electives are taught by our teachers, cover material from our current curricula, and employ fun modalities. For example, 6th and 7th graders may choose to learn about 2nd Temple Judaism through a history role playing game, 3rd grade students might learn biblical stories through the creation of their own picture books, and 4th and 5th grade students may explore prayer through yoga and meditation. These creative chugim (electives) will last for 4-6 weeks and evolve as we gauge student interests.
At Temple Israel we are committed to providing your children with the experiences and tools they need to be active, participatory Jews. But even more importantly, we seek to foster a joyful community, a place where every child feels that they belong.
Every Sunday we end our session with an all-community program called TI Tribes. At the beginning of the year, the students are assigned to different tribes (think the sorting hat in Harry Potter). Then each week the cross-grade tribes will participate in fun activities, t’fillah (prayer), and team building games.
The Temple Israel Youth Choir has been singing for decades. For 2nd-7th graders, the Youth Choir offers our kids the opportunity to learn to sing a variety of Jewish music and perform for different audiences throughout the year. The group participates at Qabbalat Shabbat services once a month. Special moments during the year include: learning new music and rehearsing with our featured musicians for the Karol Music Weekend, joining forces with the Boston Children’s Chorus at the MLK Shabbat, observing Yom HaShoah with the Hawthorne String Quartet, and participating at the annual Boston area Zimriyah, when all the youth choirs join in an afternoon of singing. We also have been performing for local nursing homes over the years. Cantor Einhorn directs the Youth Choir and is assisted by Mark Feldhusen, our accompanist.
Flexibility For Your Family
Next year, we are piloting a new initiative for 3rd-7th grade families who can only come one day a week for all or part of the school year. Families can elect to have their students learn online from home. The cost to enroll is $250 per student. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Brigid Goggin.
In order to provide flexibility in scheduling, you can also sign your child up to receive private or group tutorial. This is also a great option for students who need individualized instruction, extra help, or would benefit from an accelerated program. Please email Brigid Goggin if you would like to sign up for tutorial.
"The teachers are top notch and have all been able to teach in a way that has allowed each of our children to grow and reach their ultimate potential."
"Our multi-cultural and interfaith family have found a sense of belonging, a strong cultural identity, and a spiritual home here."
"We teach our students about present day Israeli culture and geography through hands-on, relevant instruction."
Kayla Nicholson,2nd Grade Teacher
"I enjoy the sense of community when we sing in t'fillah. It makes everyone feel united."
"When I was confused about what to do for a project, my classmates helped me understand how everything worked."
The Education Team
In addition to our full-time team, we are blessed with a strong and engaged faculty. Several of our teacher take on additional responsibilities in key areas of program leadership.
Sivan Einsohn – Inclusion Coordinator
Natalya Bernstein – 1st grade mentor teacher; Art Education Coordinator; Education Administrative Assistant
Jamie Lichtenstein – 6th grade mentor teacher; Online Learning Coordinator; Hebrew Reading Specialist
Tali Puterman – 5th Grade mentor teacher; Full-time Social Justice Organizer and Educator
David Winship – 7th Grade mentor teacher; Professional Development Coordinator; Adult Education Coordinator
Iryna Zakhozha – Lead Teacher for the Sandbox; Godly Play Coordinator