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Jewish learning is a lifelong journey. Our goal at Temple Beth-El is to create a sacred space that will instill a love of Jewish life help to foster Jewish memories that will last throughout our lives. We want to inspire our youngest learners through innovative programming, dynamic, and interactive teachers.


Being Jewish / Doing Jewish

PreK – Jewish Values

Our youngest students will explore questions about being and doing Jewish. What do they like about being Jewish?  What is a mitzvah and what are some examples of mitzvot?  What are the Jewish holidays?

Students begin learning Hebrew by attending a weekly Tefilah* (worship service) as well as participating in Hebrew Through Movement.

Kindergarten – Jewish Identity

In a continuation of being and doing Jewish, Kindergarten students will ask how they can use mitzvot in their daily lives?  What makes them Jewish, specifically exploring the things we do the same way and the things we do differently.  They will also learn the stories of the Jewish holidays – what are we celebrating and why?

Students begin learning Hebrew by attending a weekly Tefilah* (worship service) as well as participating in Hebrew Through Movement.

Grade 1 – Sacred Spaces & Objects

First graders will learn what is special about Temple Beth-El and other synagogues that make them sacred spaces.  What objects do we use that help us create sacred moments?  How do we use these objects in the synagogue and at home?

Students begin learning Hebrew by attending a weekly Tefilah* (worship service) as well as participating in Hebrew Through Movement.

Our Torah Family Tree

Grade 2 – Bible Stories: Creation to Exodus
Students in Second Grade will consider what happened during the seven days of creation? What do we learn to do and not to do from the Torah? What is our connection to Israel? How does the Jewish calendar frame our year and daily lives?

Students begin learning Hebrew by attending a weekly Tefilah* (worship service) as well as participating in Hebrew Through Movement.

Grade 3 – Bible Stories: Sinai to the Promised Land
Third Graders will consider how do we create a relationship with the Torah and how it is celebrated? How do we connect daily and yearly Jewish activities and observances to where they occur in the Torah? During the spring, students will lead the congregation in Kabbalat Shabbat services as they receive their own siddur (prayerbook) during our Kabbalat Siddur ceremony.

Students begin learning Hebrew by attending a weekly Tefilah* (worship service) as well as participating in Hebrew Through Movement.


*Each week includes Tefilah so that we create community, provide an opportunity to share special events, celebrate student accomplishments, prepare for upcoming Jewish holidays as well as pray and sing together. Sometimes we do this as an entire school. The other weeks, our students will have tefilah in three groups (PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-7 & Grades 8-10) led by clergy, educators and song leaders.

Sat, October 19 2019 20 Tishrei 5780