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Judaism Comes Alive at Temple Emanu-El

  • Students begin their learning with foundational Jewish stories and holiday traditions.  
  • Then they uncover nuances of being Jewish through Jewish values, Jewish History, and the meaning of Jewish adulthood. 
  • Art projects, Immersive Israeli culture, and the Music that permeates Jewish life, are interspersed into the program. 
  • Once students learn how to read Hebrew in 3rd grade, they dive into the prayers of worship services: the meaning, the choreography, and the content of each prayer. 
  • Students experience the joy of being Jewish in a warm and welcoming environment as they discover Jewish Traditions and connect with community.  

Curriculum Overview

Pre-K: Bible Stories and Holidays

Kindergarten and 1st Grade: Jewish Values and Culture

2nd Grade: Torah Stories and Hebrew Basics

3rd Grade:  Hebrew Reading and Torah Stories

4th Grade: Lifecycles and Jewish Values and the *Torah Service

5th Grade: Jewish History and Modern Israel and the *Torah Service

6th Grade: Being a Jewish adult: Tikkun Olam, Torah and being a mensch, and the *Torah Service

 *Torah Service is the focus of the Hebrew curriculum for the year

**On Sundays for Pre-K through 6th Grade, we also have Family Education days for Holiday Celebrations!  Israeli culture, art enrichment, music and more!**

 7th Grade: Becoming a Jewish Adult, Comparative Religion and Jewish Culture around the world.

8th Grade:  Jewish Identity and the Holocaust. 

9th and 10th Grades: Confirmation:  Foundations of Judaism and  Living Jewish Values

11th and 12th Grades: Pre-Confirmation: Fashioning Your Jewish Spirit

Madrikhim Program: When students enter eighth grade, they can volunteer as teaching assistants in the classroom.  Starting in 9th grade, this is a paid position.  Madrikhim are role models and a foundational component of our Sunday program.  Madrikhim are required to enroll in Confirmation and/or Post-Confirmation.



PreK (ages 3-5) - 6th Grade:  Sundays 9am-11:30am

3rd-6th Grade:  Wednesdays

                      NEW Hang Out Lounge with Snack, 2:30-3:15

                      Early Session 3:15-4:35 (3rd-6th)

                      Late Session 4:15-5:35 (4th-6th)

Pre-Confirmation (7th-8th Grade) Wednesdays, 5:45pm-7pm (includes dinner) November 8-March 20  

Confirmation (9th-10th Grade) 13 Sundays, 9am-10am

Post-Confirmation (11th-12th Grade) 9 Sundays, 10:30am-11:30am

Madrikhim (8th-12th Grade):  (Teachers’ Aides) Sundays 9am-11:30am AND/OR Wednesdays 2:30-5:35

Wed, February 21 2024 12 Adar I 5784