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Religious School

Our Mission

The mission of Temple Beth Tikvah’s Religious School is to develop a strong Jewish identity within each of our students. Our curriculum focuses on Jewish life and religious practice as it relates to being a Jew in America today, on tefilah (prayer), the Torah and its lessons, the Hebrew language, Jewish social studies, and the value of mitzvot (commandments, often understood as good deeds). We want each student to have a strong connection to God, our synagogue, Israel, and Jewish history, but most importantly, to their Jewish selves. We help form that connection through study, art, music, discussion, social action projects and other meaningful Jewish experiences. It is our hope that these various components of our education program will, in conjunction with what happens in the home, create a positive attitude about Judaism that children will carry into their adult lives.
The goals of Temple Beth Tikvah’s Religious School are for each of our students:
  • To be knowledgeable about Jewish life and practice.
  • To be engaged in Jewish life and religious practice.
  • To be proud of and take pride in their Judaism.
  • To use Judaism as a guide as they make decisions in life.
  • To develop a relationship with and reverence for God.
  • To be connected to our synagogue community.

Kindergarten through 7th Grade

K - 7th grade students meet on Sunday mornings. Our time together includes tefillah v’shira (prayer and song), social time, and learning using the innovative Shalom Learning curriculum. New in 2021-22 is the addition of chugim, Jewish cultural electives (such as art, cooking, conversational Hebrew, social action) that our students will choose from and enjoy each week.
Hebrew lessons for 3rd through 5th grades also take place on Sundays. Our 6th graders benefit from individual Hebrew lessons at our families’ convenience. Our 7th graders prepare for Bar or Bat Mitzvah with our Cantor in both private and group formats.

8th through 12th Grade

Our 8th - 12th graders meet on Monday nights. In Kesher, for 8th and 9th graders, we delve into what it means to be a Jew in America today, learning about culture, hot topics, activism and more. In 10th grade, our students further their studies and prepare for Confirmation. In 11th and 12th grade our students partake in social action projects and dive into meaningful discussion on relevant topics, confident and prepared to be a Jewish adult in today’s world.
Wed, March 22 2023 29 Adar 5783