Our Temple Emanu-El Religious School is committed to creating the finest Jewish learning environment possible. Our goal is to make Judaism an integral part of the lives of our students and their families. The three pillars of Judaism, God, Torah, and Israel are reinforced throughout all of our programming. We strongly believe that Jewish identity is built through the knowledge and practice of Jewish lifecycles, holidays, and prayer. To that end we work to strengthen our students bonds to Judaism through regular contact with t'filah, Torah, and Israel.
In order to capture the diverse needs of our students and families, we use a variety of teaching techniques including, large and small learning sessions, retreats, peer leadership, trips, and family programs, to meet the needs of our ever changing population. We also provide a variety of art, music, and dance programs to enhance and accommodate our community's various learning styles. As a community we believe that everyone should be able to form their own unique bond to Judaism and our Religious School program reflects this core belief.
Our Temple Emanu-El Religious School is part of our Youth Learning and Engagement program, which includes all Jewish education and activities for our youth in Kindergarten through 12th Grade, including:
- Kindergarten – 5th Grade students
- Nisayon (Experience) for 6th Grade
- HaMakom for 7th – 12th Grade
- Confirmation for 10th Grade
- Gesher L’Kesher and Torah Lishmah for post-Confirmation students
- Mitzvah Corps for 8th and 9th Grade
- Café Torah for 11th and 12th Grade
- Madrichim Leadership program for 8th – 12th Grade
- Extreme Yeladim for 3rd and 4th Grade
- Extreme Bonim for 5th and 6th Grade
- Junior Advisors for 7th and 8th Grade
- TEWTY for 8th – 12th Grade
Moving Traditions “Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!” for girls in 6th & 8th Grade
A unique program that begins in 6th grade that builds self-esteem, Jewish identity, leadership skills, and friendship networks among girls. Girls meet monthly, with Rabbi Smiley, in the homes of group members. You can find out more about the program at www.roshhodesh.org.
Conceive of every child as an individual neshama (soul), a unique individual and soul, and treat that child according to his or her particular needs; while affirming the ultimate importance of community;
Create an atmosphere of joyful, dynamic learning that touches the spirit as well as the mind of the learner; while encouraging family participation and creation of a kehillah kedoshah (holy community);
Commit to excellence and consistency in curriculum, teaching, and imparting information regarding our Jewish people’s history, literature, spirituality, culture, values, and ethics; incorporating these Jewish ideals into our everyday lives ;
Challenge our clergy, staff, faculty, students, and parents to live according to the highest values of our people -- to treat one another ethically, responsibly, sensitively, respectfully, and fairly;
Create young Jewish people who will leave our Temple imbued with a joyful and deep understanding of their Jewish identity; and who will be forever committed to living a joyous and meaningful Jewish life wherever their life-paths take them;
Create a partnership between the Early Childhood Education Center and the Religious School so that the transition from one stage of learning to another fosters continuity.