Religious School takes place on Sunday during the school year from 9 am - 11:30 am.
At Temple Beth Jacob many of our students come from interfaith families. We work very hard to teach our students their Jewish heritage in order to be proud and knowledgeable Jews while always respecting the faith and customs of the non-Jewish parent. Every family is unique so speak with the rabbi if you have specific concerns. He’s looking forward to your call.
We use the Chai Cirriculum in our teaching. Details on this cirriculum are available here: Link to Chai Cirriculum
The goal of Religious School is simple but daunting. Teach modern children, in modern ways, their ancient heritage. We aim to give our youngest learners a foundation in faith, practice and history. We want the students to know how to sing Jewish songs, celebrate Jewish holidays, understand the breath of Jewish history and pray with an age appropriate understanding of Jewish theology. We want them to feel proud of their place in our community today and we want them to internalize the understanding that they are part of a 4000 year heritage.
Our program begins in Kindergarten. Hebrew School begins in third grade. Grades 8 and 9 have a different style of learning during these two years. Grade 10 is our Confirmation class taught by the rabbi that speaks to issues relevant to teens. It features a trip to Washington, DC to lobby Congress run by the Religious Action Center.
Grades 11 and 12 are in the monthly Brunch with the Rabbi program where they gather one Shabbat morning for brunch (of course) and a discussion of a contemporary topic using ancient texts as a guide.