Our Religious School Program
We strive to make Judaism come alive for every family in ways that are meaningful to them. Our children have the opportunity to explore, create and discover their strong Jewish identity in a comfortable setting. Our philosophy is one of Enthusiastic Judaism. Not only do we want our families to be active participants in learning, we want them to find and share joy and pride in their Jewishness. We strive to teach our children to be mensches, to love Judaism, and to understand their history, theology, language, and culture. Our congregation has a rich history in Reform Judaism and we recognize the great honor and responsibility for teaching our children the values, knowledge and practices we embrace. In the spirit of family, we welcome everyone home on Sunday mornings for Religious School.
Our methodology of teaching is as varied as the topics. Our creative teachers find innovative ways to teach such as art, music, science, re-enactment, construction, sports, photography and interviews. We are intentionally experiential in our teaching and often use the concepts of Project-Based Learning to achieve our educational goals. We bring speakers in when appropriate and we take students on field trips. Our school is bustling with excitement and enthusiasm each week.
The curriculum we offer at Temple Emanuel is innovative and inspiring. We challenge our students spiritually, intellectually and ethically. As a smaller school, we have the flexibility to teach to the needs of each particular class. While we have specific curriculum goals for each year, our director and teachers are continually upgrading curriculum base on student interest. Each topic we cover is taught with the values of Torah (Jewish learning), Avodah (worship) and/or G'milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness).
Our Religious School meets most Sundays throughout the school year. We begin welcoming families at 9am for a full breakfast. This gives families the chance to socialize with one another and gather as a community. Once a month at 9:30, we invite everyone into the sanctuary for a brief family worship service with Rabbi Hersh and a songleader. At 10:00am, students head to grade-level classes where they learn about and celebrate their Judaism. On non-family service weeks, students go to class at 9:30 and come together as a school for Kehillah (Community), an interactive program for about 20 minutes in the middle of the day. While students are in class, most parents choose to stay at temple and attend Adult Education, work on school related projects or socialize with other parents. Religious School ends at 11:30am. Hebrew and Confirmation Class are held from 11:30 – 12:30pm.
Links to Religious School and Hebrew School forms can be found on the Forms & Downloads page under the Our Kids tab