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Religious School FAQ's

1.       Why should I choose to send my child to Religious School at Temple Emanu-El?

ANSWER:   We have engaging lessons and classes, dynamic special programming and a dedicated and talented staff, including our clergy who also teach in our school. We are always evaluating and tweaking our curriculum and our special programs.  

We enhance our regular classroom activities with special programs and family programs. 

We incorporate middle school and high school students into our classrooms as teacher’s assistants. 

Our graduates continue on to attend the community’s Jewish high school program, they very often come back to serve as aides, they are active in our youth group programs and participate in our Bar/Bat mitzvah mentoring program.  That is, for many the synagogue becomes a second home, they are comfortable here, and have already learned the benefits of belonging to a community. 


2.       Why should I send my child to religious school at all? 

ANSWER:  Sending your child to religious school is a very personal decision, and there are many reasons for doing so. Each parent and family will have their own reasons, and some will find their way as they go.  For some, the decision is based on their own childhood experiences and religious education.  For others, it is an opportunity to have a religious foundation to answer life’s tough questions, while others view it as a place for their children to learn important cultural traditions.  Many parents are seeking to be part of a Jewish community, for their children and themselves.

Whatever the reason, the end result at our school is the same:  all children will have an opportunity to develop a positive Jewish identity, gain important Hebrew skills, study the foundations of Judaism, and will learn what it means to become a ‘mentsch’. 

We would be more than happy to discuss this decision with you.  Please contact us. 


3.       My child is in 3rd grade and has never been to religious school before, may s/he start at Emanu-El now? 

ANSWER:  Absolutely!  Children may start at any time.  We will work with you to integrate your child into school at any grade, and our faculty will help your child catch up academically and socially with his/her peers. 


4.       What's a typical day in religious school? 

ANSWER:  Please review our class schedule through the link on our home page, or contact our principal, Miriam Abrams-Stark, for more information regarding our school times, days and curriculum. 


5.       How many hours a week is religious school? 

ANSWER:  It varies depending on your child's grade. Please contact our principal, Miriam Abrams-Stark, at the synagogue, for more information regarding our school times, days and curriculum.     


6.       Can my child come for a visit before I decide? 

ANSWER:  Absolutely! We have an annual Open House in the spring for all prospective students and their parents, but you are welcome to come and visit any school day.  Please contact our principal to arrange your visit. 


7.       Do we have to be a member of the synagogue in order to attend Religious School? 

ANSWER: No.  Everyone is welcome to attend our school.  However, there is a membership requirement in order to have a bar/bat mitzvah at our synagogue.  Becoming a member also helps support the synagogue, which ultimately helps support the school.  And can ultimately benefit you as well, as you can then participate more fully in ALL the wonderful programs and opportunities our synagogue has to offer.

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