Religious School

“Who is wise? One who learns from all people.” — Pirkei Avot 4:1

At Temple Beth-El, we believe one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is the gift of a Jewish education. So, we took great care to design our religious school program to meet our children where they are emotionally and intellectually, starting with our youngest learners – those just three and four years old – through our high-schoolers in Post Confirmation. At every age, we teach our students to embrace their Judaism as an integral and valuable part of who they are. And we strive to help them grow in mind, body, and spirit.

At Temple Beth-El, we know that we all learn when we connect with one other. We know that every child is unique and precious, and that everyone has something important to share. We encourage our children to engage with our tradition, to stay focused on their studies, and to always remember that their work is sacred, their relationships loving, and the knowledge they acquire is part of a greater whole that transforms lives. We aim to launch them into the world as young adults who embrace their Jewish identity and view the world through a Jewish lens.

Our education directors and teachers are passionate in their love for Judaism, for children, and for teaching. They facilitate Jewish learning and Jewish living in an enthusiastic, compassionate, and meaningful way, making the experience of learning engaging and fun.

We take pride that our religious school program has been recognized for its commitment to educating students with a wide range of abilities. As an inclusive community, we believe that everyone deserves access to a Jewish education, and everyone is capable of engaging in Jewish learning. Our teachers work with each family to create a successful experience for every child, and all children have the opportunity to become bar/bat mitzvah. Learn more about our disability inclusion program.

We hope you will give your children the gift of a Jewish education. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact our directors of education, Sarah Gluck and Lisa Friedman.

To learn more about Temple Beth-El’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic, click here. Plans for the opening of school can be found here.

Religious School Schedule

Grades PreK-6 (Jewish studies)Sunday 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Grades 3-7 (Hebrew School)Wednesday 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Grades 8-10 (Confirmation Academy)Wednesday 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Grades 11-12 (Post-Confirmation)Certain Mondays 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Click here for the one-page 2019-2020 / 5780 religious school calendar.