Why do we eat challah on Friday nights? Why do people wear kippot in synagogue?
What is our relationship to God? How do we discuss this with our children?
Have more questions in your house than answers? Let us help you out! Our clergy, teachers and Temple staff are all here to help you an your children learn about our Jewish traditions, rituals and faith. Our Religious School prides itself on creating a welcoming environment for all types of families and children of all learning abilities.
Temple Emanu-El's Religious School educates children from Kindergarten through Seventh grade on the fundamentals of Judaism: holiday celebrations, prayer, Hebrew reading, writing and elementary conversation, the concepts of "Tikkun Olam" (repairing the world) and Tzedakah (justice/charity), out historic connections to Israel, and the long-standing Jewish tradition of intellectual exploration.
We believe that learning about Judaism should be fun, engaging, and memorable. Yet we are serious about our commitment to teachings our children Torah, liturgy, mitzvot, and history based on our rich tradition and through the use of our primary sources.
We are confident that when our children graduate, they will have been exposed to a variety of perspectives, have been academically challenged, and have gained life skills. They will have been given a solid Jewish foundation in a setting with fosters the development of a positive Jewish identity. And their variety of experiences at school will contribute to their developing into mature, ethical young adults.
We look forward to welcoming you and your child(ren) to our school.
Alison Caplan, Religious School Chair and Miriam Abrams-Stark, Director of Congregational Learning
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