Educationally Speaking – September 2018

Passing Knowledge to Our Children

Racheli Morris, Director of Education

Dear Members,

As the religious school year 5778 comes to an end and year 5779 starts in September, we are delighted  to welcome our new and returning members to our school. As a religious school community, we carry a message of hope, confidence and encouragement for our new wonderful students who bring renewed energy and excitement to our school. Our school’s exceptionally skilled and professional faculty and staff are ready to provide high quality learning experiences to our students so that they can achieve their full potential. With a new year comes new opportunities for academic and personal growth, and we look forward to encouraging our students along this exciting journey of learning and discovery.

This upcoming New Year we will continue to offer an academically meaningful and inspiring curriculum from which our students will discover their personal experience of Jewish life, history, customs, and traditions. L’ dor v’ dor, from generation to generation, has always been an integral part of our Jewish tradition, passing down Jewish culture to our children.

Temple Beth El’s religious school combines a progressive and interactive program with a warm, welcoming, and nurturing school environment to provide a foundation in Reform Judaism for Pre-K through 10th grade students. Our goal and mission is to give students a well-rounded, balanced Jewish education using modern and meaningful methods to educate and elevate their knowledge about Jewish religion and cultural aspects that make Judaism relevant and meaningful in their everyday lives.

Many noteworthy learning topics are covered including: Synagogue objects and skills, Bible stories, mitzvot, God and Jewish holidays. In addition to classroom activities, students get to participate in school-wide holiday celebrations, music, Judaic art and Israeli dance programs. The Judaic curriculum includes a variety of topics such as Jewish life cycles, g’milut hasadim Torah, avodah and Israel. The Hebrew curriculum concentrates on reading Hebrew in the context of prayer. We support a comprehensive Mitzvah Project where students are encouraged to turn their learning into action.

We hope to provide the opportunity to our students to learn, recognize, and respect their Jewish identity, the Hebrew language and the State of Israel.

When you look into your heart as the New Year starts, may you discover a new sense of possibility, a new belief in the gifts you have to share, and a renewed commitment to your faith and your dreams. On Rosh Hashanah it is written… On Yom Kippur it is sealed. May it be written and may it be sealed that you will have a New Year that brings joy to your home, fulfillment and happiness, peace and prosperity — all of life’s very best things. Have a Happy, Healthy New Year!