Our curriculum is based on the Ten Goals of the Temple Beth El Education Program listed previously. It is a spiraling curriculum, allowing several topics to “spiral” through the grades, growing in complexity as students mature.Primary Grades
Students in grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, First and Second grades begin to develop skills and awareness of the holiday cycle, synagogue ritual, Jewish values & ethics, and Torah study, and begin a program of Hebrew Reading Readiness.
Age-appropriate worship services, music sessions with our Cantor, arts and crafts, field trips, and Family Education Programs enhance classroom studies.
Eighth & Ninth Grades: Over the course of these two years, students will wrestle with these Enduring Understandings: Judaism speaks to issues that I encounter in my life and Contemporary Jewish history affects my life. Among the issues that will be addressed in these two years are: Where does Reform Judaism fit within the spectrum of Judaism? Where is MY place within the spectrum of Reform Judaism? How do I relate to God? What is the Jewish impetus to social justice? Who wrote the Torah and what does it have to do with me? What are the Jewish rituals that mark important life passages? How do I explore my spirituality within a Jewish context? How do I identify as a Jew? What makes Judaism distinct from other religions? What role does Israel play in my life? What are the issues that divide the Jewish community? How can I make Shabbat for myself? How do I incorporate Jewish rituals into my life?
Tenth Grade/Confirmation: Confirmation students study with Rabbi Briskin, exploring the confluence of belief and practice in their Jewish lives. Students will develop skills in critical thinking as they examine issues in religious life, and focus on their roles as adult members of our community. Students attend the Torah School Camp Weekend as CITs (Counselors-in-Training) and prepare their own ceremony of Confirmation.