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Temple Beth Jacob brings together a thriving community of families with a commitment to the religious education of their children. The heart and soul of TBJ is alive on Sunday mornings, from 9am until noon, when as many as 65 religious school students and madrichim (clasroom aides) bring their energy, high spirits and questions to their Judaica and Hebrew lessons. Additionally, grades 5-7 attend Hebrew school on Monday evenings from 5:30-6:30.
The Religious School is under direction of the principal, with guidance from the rabbi and the cantor. A team of volunteer teachers guide the students from Kindergarten through seventh grade, exploring their Jewish heritage through music, text and prayer. The giggling children making latkes in the temple kitchen or learning a traditional prayer put to a modern melody are the same children earnestly discussing the Holocaust the next week.
Hebrew studies begin in Kindergarten and gradually intensify each year until students are ready to prepare for their B’nei Mitzvah in seventh grade. TBJ students are so comfortable on the Bima by the time they are called to the Torah, that most of them conduct both the Friday evening and the Saturday morning Shabbat services.
Gesher classes for 8th-12th grades are offered on Sunday mornings to keep the TBJ youth connected to their Judaism and each other. Rather than offering confirmation in a certain grade, students earn credits for attending Gesher, serving as madrichim, serving on the Youth Group Board, visiting Israel, attending a Jewish leadership camp, and more. Students are confirmed when they have earned sufficient credits and are in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. High School students at TBJ also participate in an 8th-9th grade trip (recent cities have included New York and Montreal). 10th-12th graders are also invited to attend, with the rabbi, the Reform movement’s L’Taken Social Justice seminar in Washington, DC each year. TBJ youth are also active members of CONTY, which is affiliated with the North American Federation of Temple Youth.
The TBJ religious school provides the environment for children to learn and grow, while developing a positive sense of self and commitment to their Jewish values. Their spirit of love and hope is embraced by the congregation, and keeps TBJ an exciting and vibrant place to be.
Living a Jewish Life The values we live by each day
Blessing We express our appreciation for the blessings God has given us.
Peace We actively pursue Shalom – peace in our hearts, peace in our in our world.
Shabbat We cherish Shabbat, a time for renewal of body and spirit, which links us with Jewish life and tradition.
Returning to a Right Path We recognize our mistakes, decide to do better, and act on that decision.
Forgiveness We forgive to heal our own wounds and the wounds of others.
Compassion and Lovingkindness We show our concern for the well-being of others, and act with kindness and care.
Justice We treat all of God’s children with fairness and dignity.
Mitzvah We express our Jewish values by fulfilling sacred obligations.
Worship Our prayers are a pathway to a relationship with God.
Joy We discover joy through the daily practice of Judaism.
God’s Presence We recognize moments of God’s presence in our lives.
Holiness We seek and create holy moments in our lives.
In God’s Image We respect all of God’s children.
Repairing the World We work to make the world a better place for all of God’s creatures.
Remembrance We honor our Jewish past.
Hopefulness In the face of challenge and despair, Torah teaches us to have hope and take action.
The Greater Jewish Community We have a special connection with every Jew, in every time, in every place.
Lifelong Jewish Learning “And the study of Torah is equal to them all, because it leads to them all.”
Temple Beth Jacob 2000, 2009
Jews are often referred as the People of the Book. At Temple Beth Jacob, we value study and provide many opportunities for education.
Our pre-school, Al Galgalim (literally “Training Wheels”), meets approximately once a month. For more information about this program and other educational resources for this age and stage, visit our Early Childhood education page.
Our Religious School involves grades K through 10. Grades K-7 meet Sunday mornings from 9-12. Grades 5-7 also meet Monday evenings, as does Grades 8-10 (Confirmation Academy). Bar/Bat Mitzvah training takes place with the Rabbi. For more information about what’s happening in our Religous School, please visit the Religious School page.
At Temple Beth Jacob, opportunities for learning don’t stop once you become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or once you become confirmmed. Our Adult Ed offerings include post-confirmation, book discussion groups and weekly Torah Study groups. Please check out either the calendar or the Adult Ed page for more information.