The religious school at Congregation B’nai Torah helps students build a foundation of Jewish values and beliefs which are intended to help guide them throughout their adult lives. In order for this foundation to be effective, it must be reflected in both the home and synagogue. We therefore encourage families to be involved in their children’s Jewish education, to celebrate Judaism in their homes, and to participate in the ritual, educational, and social action programs of our congregation.
Our overarching goal is to foster an environment in which each student can develop a strong personal Jewish identity. The curriculum is designed to give each student the opportunity to develop his or her Jewish identity by building a foundation of Jewish knowledge, values, and skills.
One of our goals is for students to become familiar with Hebrew as a language for both prayer and conversation. In addition to being the ancient language of our people, it is also a modern language which unites Jews all over the world.
Students begin studying Hebrew in first grade, and continue through the celebration of their B’nai Mitzvah (plural of Bar/Bat Mitzvah). The emphasis is on fluency in reading, basic vocabulary, prayer literacy, and comprehension of the prayers contained in the Reform siddur (prayer book).
In each grade students are taught about Jewish traditions, holidays, and customs. Our graded approach to the curriculum provides an annual foundation upon which students progressively gain a broader perspective and deeper understanding of Jewish practices.
We start studying the Bible as simple stories, and gradually increase complexity and analysis. Eventually, students develop the skills to read, interpret, and explain Torah text in a manner relevant to their lives.
History starts in the primary grades with legends and stories of ancient heroes and heroines. In the upper grades, history provides students with a sense of Jewish connection to our past.
Students participate in holiday activities, arts and crafts, celebrations, family education programs, music, and help lead a Friday night Erev Shabbat service each year. In addition, since the study of mitzvot (good deeds) and tzedakah (charity/righteousness) is central to Jewish learning, tzedakah is collected each week, ongoing mitzvot are recorded in special mitzvah booklets, and students participate in social action projects.
It is hard to believe that summer is drawing to a close! While we are sorry to see vacation ending, we are very excited to greet your children on the first day of Religious School at Congregation B'nai Torah.
The following is the schedule for our Opening Days:
Note: On both Tuesday 9/13 and Thursday 9/15, for grades meeting from 4-6 pm, classrooms will be open and teachers available for parents and students for drop-off any time after 3:45 pm.
Parents, please settle your children in classes and join us in the Library at 4:00 for a Welcome Back Coffee and Sweets! Parents are also invited to come to the Sanctuary a bit prior to dismissal at 5:40 pm to join us for our Tefillah (prayer/community time). We will dismiss from the Sanctuary.
Registration for Religious School is ongoing, but we need to hear from you if you are interested in enrolling your children. For any questions, contact Robin Berman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for the 2016-17 Religious School year is now open. We are excited to announce that we are again offering the convenience of online registration through the company FamilyID (www.familyid.com).
FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for Hebrew School and helps us to be more administratively efficient. When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile so you enter your information only once for multiple uses, multiple family members and multiple programs.
HOW TO REGISTER
A parent/guardian should register by going to the FamilyID website at www.familyid.com. Under the "Programs" title, click on the link for the program for which you want to sign up. You have a choice for either the kindergarten/grade 1 program, the grades 2 through 7 program, grade 8, or grades 9-12. Scroll to the bottom of the page to either "Sign Up" if this is your first time using FamilyID, or "Log In" if you already have a FamilyID account.
1. Sign Up for your secure FamilyID account by entering your family name, email address and password. You will receive an email with a link to activate your new account. (If you don't see the email, check your spam or junk folders.) Click on the link in your email activation, which will log you in to FamilyID.
2. Once logged in and if you do not return to the registration form, click "Find Programs" to retrieve the form. Once in the registration form, complete the information requested. When you have completed the form, click "Save & Continue".
3. Review your registration summary and then click "Pay & Submit".
4. On the next page, verify the deposit amount that will be charged and select "Proceed to Payment".
5. You will be directed to PayPal where you can pay with a PayPal account or with a credit or debit card.
Once completed, you will receive an email from Family ID confirming your registration and an email from PayPal confirming your payment.
You can log into www.familyid.com at any time to update your information and to check your registration(s). You can view your completed registration in the "Registration" tab.
You can always find your programs at www.familyid.com by clicking "Find Programs" in the top blue banner and searching for our organization name.
If you need assistance with your registration, you can call FamilyID at 888.800.5583 X1 or email email@example.com. FamilyID also offers online chat during business hours. Support is available 7 days per week and all messages will be returned promptly.
Please register your children as soon as possible so that we can begin to form classes for September. Our teachers are patiently waiting for us to let them know what classes they will be teaching next year so the sooner you register, the sooner we will be able to commit to our wonderful staff.
Thank you for your continued support and for the opportunity to educate your children.
Rabbi Lisa Eiduson