Welcome to an exciting year of learning at Temple Israel!
Temple Israel is proud to continue our partnership with the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL). We are the first congregation outside of the southern United States to pilot a Religious School program created by the ISJL. This groundbreaking partnership provides a myriad of opportunities for learning, creativity and growth for our students in their Jewish educational journeys. It also provides a variety of resources for teachers, students, and families.
Our Sunday morning Religious School program now incorporates Hebrew learning for grades K-B'nai Mitzvah. An additional Hebrew Lab for students in grades 3-6 meets on Tuesday afternoons.
Religious School for Grades K-6; 8-9: Sundays, 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Religious School for Grade 7: Bi-monthly on Tuesdays, 6:15-8:00 p.m.
Confirmation (Grade 10): Sundays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Hebrew Lab for Grades 3-6: Tuesdays, 4:15 - 6:00 p.m.
Hebrew Lab reinforces and expands upon the Hebrew covered during Sunday Religious School. Students in grades 3-6 will be placed in small groups based on grade level and ability so that they can receive individualized attention.
Learning Hebrew is incorporated in all Religious School classrooms at age-appropriate levels. By integrating Hebrew and Judaics within the Religious School curriculum, we can make Hebrew come alive as part of our children’s Jewish learning. We are also now able to provide more flexibility for our families and enable them to make thoughtful Jewish choices together.
Our spiral curriculum ensures that each year children are building on the knowledge and skills learned previously and that there are no gaps in their Jewish education. The curriculum focuses on basic Jewish beliefs and values, and students emerge from their Religious School experience with a strong sense of Jewish identity and the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful Jewish lives. We are excited to provide this opportunity for our students at all grade levels. We are confident that it will supplement the education that they have received in the past, and inspire and engage them as they grow into knowledgeable Jewish young adults.