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 teachers, clergy and Temple staff are all here to help you and 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: the Torah and its lessons, as well as other Jewish texts and commentaries, Shabbat and holiday celebrations, prayer, Hebrew reading, writing and elementary conversation, the concepts of "Tikkun Olam" (repairing the world) and Tzedakah (justice/charity), our historic connections to Israel, and the long-standing Jewish tradition of intellectual exploration.
We believe that learning about Judaism should be engaging and memorable, and yes, fun! We are committed to teaching 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
which fosters the development of a positive Jewish identity. The 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.
Bethany Sutton, Religious School Chair and Miriam Abrams-Stark, Director of Congregational Learning
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