Our Religious School is a supplemental education program that offers classes for Pre-K through 7th grade. 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 (for grades 3-7; optional 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.
For kiddos who are not quite ready for Religious School, we offer two 8-week sessions (fall and winter) on Sundays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. for our youngest learners. Classes are 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 Roberta at email@example.com.
There are two options, depending on the student’s age:
Sunday PreK Class
For kids who are one year away from Kindergarten. Hands-on learning with activity centers and group time to learn about holidays, Torah, the synagogue, blessings, and more.
For 3 and 4 year olds who will not be going into Kindergarten the following year. Play-based learning to explore Jewish values, community, and holidays.
2018-2019 Sandbox/Pre-K Schedule
Sundays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (students may join the young kid assembly from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., but must have a parent present)
Fall session: 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16
Winter session: 2/3, 2/10, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7
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 Family Youth Choir offers kids and parents the opportunity to learn to sing a variety of Jewish music together. The group rehearses on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. during the school year, and performs at Qabbalat Shabbat services every six weeks or so. Cantor Einhorn directs the Youth Choir and is assisted by Mark Feldhusen, our accompanist.
Children in grades 2-7 and any interested parents are invited and welcome to join. The Family Youth Choir rehearsals for 2018-2019 will begin on Sunday, September 28 at 9:00 a.m. Come and sing a joyous song with us.
Flexibility For Your Family
The Online Hebrew Learning Program supports students in Grades 3-7 in Hebrew learning who cannot regularly attend weekday classes, or would benefit from supplemental learning time. Enrollment in the Online Learning Program is $500.00 for the year, which includes access to online Hebrew curriculum, and regular check-ins with an online tutor. To learn more, click here.
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. To learn more, click here.
"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."
Bringing Prayer into the Home
A beautiful statement found in Midrash Tehillim teaches: “When you pray, pray in the synagogue of your city; if you are unable to pray in the synagogue, pray in your field; if you are unable to pray in your field, pray in your home; if you are unable to pray in your home, pray on your couch; and, if you are unable to pray on your couch, meditate in your heart.”
While prayer can take place anywhere, we most often gather together on Shabbat. However, many people walk into the synagogue, open the prayer book, and realize they don’t really understand the words they are saying!
Our goal is to help each member learn the order of the service, the prayers involved, and the meaning behind those prayers. This page will give you the mechanics of our Temple Israel services so that each time you walk through our doors, you feel empowered to fully participate in Shabbat.
“The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation, from the world of creation to the creation of the world.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel