Torah School

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The goal of Temple Beth El’s Torah School is to provide a Jewish education in accordance with the guidelines set by the Reform Movement. It is a deepening of Jewish experience and knowledge to strengthen faith in God, love of Torah, and identification with the Jewish people through involvement with the synagogue and participation in Jewish life. Linked to these goals, our education program embraces experiences and learning activities which encourage children 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 Brit by embracing Torah through the study and observance of mitzvot as interpreted in the light of historic development and contemporary thought.
  • Jews who affirm their historical bond to Eretz Yisrael. Jews who cherish and study Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people.
  • Jews who value and practice t’fillah.
  • Jews who further the causes of justice, freedom and peace by pursuing tzedekmishpat, and hesed.
  • Jews who celebrate Shabbat and festivals, and observe Jewish ceremonies marking significant occasions in their lives.
  • Jews who esteem their own person and the person of others; their own family and the family of others; and their own community and the community of others.
  • Jews who express their kinship with K’lal Yisrael by actively seeking the welfare of Jews throughout the world.
  • Jews who support and participate in synagogue life.

T’fillah (Prayer)

During Torah School sessions on Sundays and Thursdays, students meet in the Beit K’nesset for T’fillah as part of the school day. They become familiar with the melodies and flow of the service, and will feel more comfortable in the synagogue as our Beit T’fillah, House of Prayer.

In order to meet the needs of our students, primary grade students meet separately from our Hebrew Department students. Primary Grades T’fillah begins at 9:10 a.m. on Sundays.

Students in our Hebrew Department will meet regularly on Sundays for Shaharit, the morning service at 11:40 a.m., and on Thursdays for Minhah or Ma’ariv, afternoon or evening prayers at 5:35 p.m.. We include the recitation of Kaddish at these services the last part of the school day.  In this way, we hope to offer the opportunity for anyone in the community who needs to say Kaddish the availability of a regularly scheduled worship setting in which to do so. We encourage parents who wish to attend these “learner” minyanim to join us!