Religious School

“V’shinantam l’vanecha… And you shall teach them to your children.”

                                               (Deuteronomy 6:7)

               

Welcome to Temple Beth David’s

Religious School for the 2017-18 / 5778 year!

Our Torah teaches us to value learning and the joy of passing on Jewish tradition. Jewish education is a life-long journey. We look forward to engaging children, teens, and adults in exciting Jewish study and experiences. Whether exploring the cycle of Jewish holidays, Torah and texts, values, culture, history, Hebrew or prayer, we encourage ongoing interpretation of our tradition and creative forms of religious expression. Our goal is for students to gain tools to study, question, and participate actively in Jewish life according to the principles of Reform Judaism.

Thanks to the dedicated work of our Religious School Committee, our 3rd-6th grade students will benefit from several new options and enhancements to our education program this coming year. Please see details below. We hope this year will bring many meaningful moments of Jewish learning for your family and connections with your temple community. We look forward to exploring with you!

L’Shalom,

Rabbi Karen and Rabbi Micah Citrin

OVERVIEW:

Grades K-6

          

Our Jewish education program begins on Sunday mornings 9:30-11:30 am, when our Kindergarten through 6th grade students enter the sanctuary for communal prayer and song.  Parents join along and there is often optional adult learning offered on Sunday mornings. Students study a variety of Judaic topics and themes. Grades K-2 begin to learn Hebrew letters and basic Hebrew vocabulary.

Grades 3-6 also participate in a weekly one-hour small group Hebrew class on either Tuesday OR Wednesday afternoon. Groups of approximately six students will be arranged according to schedule and a positive and productive learning environment. We now also offer a Hebrew tutoring option for special circumstances; please be in touch if this option may be right for your student(s).

NEW THIS YEAR for 3rd-6th Grades:

  • More individualized and focused Hebrew instruction with small group Hebrew
  • Increased scheduling flexibility with choice of days
  • Inclusion of students with different learning needs
  • Engaging Judaic learning experiences including classroom enrichment and some electives on Sunday mornings

For more information and background about these additions and enhancements to our program, please click HERE.

Our K-6 program also includes many communal connections such as holiday celebrations, Shabbat dinners and services, retreats, social gatherings, and overnights for older students. A full calendar of session dates and events will be available this summer.

Grades 7-12

      

On Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:00 pm, 7th – 12th graders enjoy dinner together followed by grade core class for 7th graders and elective class options for 8th-12th graders.  B’nai Mitzvah and Post B’nai Mitzvah teens in 7th-12th grades participate in “Double Chai,” a flexible, elective-based program that includes social action, participation in youth group activities, and unique classroom offerings that accommodate the busy and changing schedule of teenagers. 10th grade includes a special Confirmation experience. There is relevant Jewish learning for everyone and all teens are welcome to be part of our inclusive community. Some experiences are offered on Sundays. High School teens can also participate in our NAWDTY youth group, yearly travel opportunities, and our madrichim (teaching assistant) program.

Confirmation 2017

HOW DO I REGISTER:

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL REGISTRATION (CLICK HERE) is open to members of the Temple Beth David community. Jewish education and life-long learning are central to our synagogue. If you are interested in trying out our Religious School, we offer an Introductory Program where you may send a child in grades K-2 for one year before formally becoming members (tuition fees apply). After one year, we hope you will join the temple and continue your child’s education. Please contact Rabbi Karen to discuss our K-6 education and introductory program. We look forward to welcoming your family!

Please note that registration for grades 3-6 includes this HEBREW SCHEDULING FORM. Please print, complete and return to Rabbi Karen.

Religious School starts on September 10, 2017 (Double Chai on September 13)!

Please see our handbook for more curriculum details. For ANY questions, contact Rabbi Karen Citrin, Director of Education Grades K-6, and Rabbi Micah Citrin, Director of Education Grades 7-12. You may also contact Vice President of Education Paul Greenberg.

 

 

DO YOU ATTEND A JEWISH DAY SCHOOL?

We offer Jewish learning opportunities and temple connections for your family as well. Please give us a call or arrange a time to discuss in person. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Serving on the Religious School Committee is a a wonderful way to participate in our community.  The Committee is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Religious School, acts as liaison with the parents, and works closely with the Education Directors.

The Jewish Justice League, ready to repair the world, made an appearance at Temple Beth David for the opening of Religious School!  More photos here.

Rejoice as we complete the cycle of Torah reading and begin again! We will open the Torah for all to see, and welcome new students to our Religious School with a special Consecration blessing and mini Torah scrolls. Sing and celebrate with a musical service followed by sweets and Israeli dancing. All ages are welcome! More information about dinner and rsvp here. Please rsvp by Wednesday, October 4th. Space is limited.

Cosponsored by Israel Action Committee and Brotherhood (Brotherhood Breakfast begins at 9:30 am – note new time)

Jonathan Cohen, President of the Cohen Camps, will speak about the roots of summer camping and how Jewish summer camping influences a child’s Jewish identity and relationship with Israel. His grandparents, Eli and Bessie Cohen started their first Jewish summer camp in 1935.