We are very excited to get this new year of Jewish education underway. We are here to work with you to raise up the next generation of people living ethically and Jewishly connected. We recognize this is a partnership between you, your family and our congregation and we cannot do this alone. We have created an educational program that supports our common Jewish values, builds community and connection, while also building skills and knowledge for all our students. To that end, we have carefully crafted family participation this year. We hope you will join us when you are able.

After a yearlong process of evaluation, discussion and exploring new options, we will be implementing a new curriculum here at Temple Israel. First through 7th Grade will be using the CHAI curriculum produced by the Union for Reform Judaism. This is a concept based curriculum. It will delve deeply into 7 concepts, one for each year. Each grade has 27 pre-written lessons broken into three strands – Torah, Avodah (connection to God) and G’milut Chasadim (Acts of Kindness).

This year we will also be adding a digital component to our Mitkadem Hebrew program. The online version of Mitkadem is available to students from home or Temple Israel. 

The following are a list of dates and times for family opportunities:

Experience Shabbat 
Saturday, November 15, 4 p.m.
Religious School for kids and wine and cheese for adults around a particular theme.

Shabbat Service Led by 6th Grade
Friday, November 22, 6 p.m. 
A 6th Grade Family Shabbat Dinner will follow.

Shabbat Service Led by 5th Grade
Friday, January 9, 6 p.m.
A 5th Grade Family Shabbat Dinner will follow.

Experience Shabbat with Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Saturday, January 24, 4 p.m.

Shabbat Service Led by 4th Grade
Friday, February 27, 6 p.m.
A 4th Grade Family Shabbat dinner will follow.  

Experience Shabbat
Saturday, March 28, 4 p.m.
Religious School for kids and wine and cheese for adults around a particular theme

Shabbt Service Led by 3rd Grade
Friday, April 10, 6 p.m.
A 3rd Grade Family Shabbat Dinner will follow.

I am always looking for opportunities to get to know you better, hear your feedback on programming and learning opportunities, and dream about new ideas for our education programs. I welcome your calls, going for coffee and emails. Contact Director of Lifelong Learning Debbie Massarano, 402-556-6536.