School of Jewish Studies Registration (click link to registration form below)
The Temple Emanu-El School of Jewish Studies conducts classes for students from grades Pre-K/K through High School from September through May each school year. Classes are held on Sunday mornings, afternoons and Wednesday afternoons. A typical school week is shown below.
The curriculum at the School of Jewish Studies is designed to expose our students to the various components involved in living a “Jewish Life.” With this in mind, we will work to:
- Make students aware of the presence of G-d through classroom lessons. We will also address their style of dress, use of acceptable language and demonstration of appropriate behavior.
- Have students creatively learn about the vast array of Jewish Studies including Hebrew, Torah, G-d, Values, Life Events, Holidays, Prayer, andtheir Jewish home, Israel.
- Have students actively understand Judaism through culture (Art, Cooking, Dance, Music and Drama.
- Produce happy young people who will have enjoyable memories of their time at the School of Jewish Studies.
- In the curriculum we use a combination of materials from the Union for Reform Judaism and materials developed locally. All materials contain a strong Hebrew component.
- The programs of our religious school embrace experience and learning activities, encouraging children, young people, and adults to become:
- Jews who affirm their Jewish identity and bind themselves inseparably to their people by word and deed.
- Jews who bear witness to the berit, the “covenant” between G-d and the Jewish people through the practice of mitzvot, “commandments,” as studied in the Torah and the classic literature it has generated and as interpreted in light of historic development and contemporary liberal thought.
- Jews who affirm their historic bond to Eretz Yisrael, the “Land of Israel.”
- Jews who cherish and study Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people.
- Jews who value and practicete filah, “prayer.”
- Jews who further the causes of justice, freedom and peace by pursuing tzedek, “righteousness”; mishpat, “justice”; and chesed, “loving deeds.”
- Jews who celebrate Shabbat and the festivals and observe the Jewish ceremonies that mark the significant occasions in their lives.
- Jews who esteem their own person and the person of others; their own family and the family of others; their own community and the community of others.
- Jews who express kinship with K’lal Yisrael by actively seeking the welfare of Jews throughout the world.
- Jews who support and participate in the life of the synagogue.
- Jews whose lives are informed by an appreciation of Jewish history and heritage.
- Jews who engage in, enjoy and value Jewish culture.
Classes are held regularly during the school year with the following exceptions -- a two-week break in December for Winter Break, a two-week break in March for Spring Break, and in conjunction with Jewish Holidays.
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