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At Temple Emanu-El we  believe that Jewish education should be engaging, meaningful and memorable. To that end, we have worked to update our curriculum, plan some special family events and re-structure some of our classes and materials to work within our ever-changing school environment. The overall goals of the religious school are:

  • For children to be able to make decisions in their lives based upon Jewish knowledge and Jewish values
  • To provide students with a toolbox of Jewish wisdom to confront life's joys and challenges
  • To help children develop an identity that anchors them in thousands of years of tradition and with the Jewish people.

The religious school serves the needs of children who are entering kindergarten through grade 8.

Students in grades kindergarten through grade 7 meet on Sundays at Temple Emanu-El from 9:30AM-12:30PM. They focus on T'fila (prayer) skills, music, Jewish history, Torah study, values, holiday study and celebration, and life cycles, among other Jewish topics. Students and teachers also have some time to socialize and enjoy snacks along with their appropriate blessings.

Students in grades 2-7 have a remote component to our learning. Most students meet virtually on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30PM. This remote platform allows us to divide classes into smaller groups and provide convenient scheduling for families.

Shabbat B'yahad is a monthly Shabbat experience designed for families to learn, celebrate and socialize together. Students and their families participate in age-appropriate family services, spend time in the sanctuary with the entire congregation, and enjoy a kiddush lunch after services. Afternoon activities including board games, physical games in the gym and time to catch up with friends is a great opportunity to stay engaged with friends.

Students in grade 8 will participate in a program entitles "Tikkun Olam: Our Turn," a curriculum created by Avodah, which addresses many social issues that out teens can relate to. Together with, Rabbi Fel and Cantor Mayer, I am excited to work with the 8th graders to explore the topic of Tikkun Olam, all while creating and implementing a meaningful mitzvah project in their first year living as B'nei Mitzvah, adult members of the Jewish people.

For information, please contact me at or our school secretary, Nancy Wordell at the school office at 401.331.1616. I look forward to connecting with your family!

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Wed, May 18 2022 17 Iyyar 5782