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About the Rabbi Felix Aber Religious School

B’ruchim HaBa’im – Welcome!  Our goal is to provide the best possible Jewish education for children from preschool (age 3 by December 1) through high school (12th grade).  At Temple Beth-El we employ innovative and experiential learning techniques based on tradition, current best practices in education, and the individual needs of each student. We look forward to welcoming you to this community of learners!
Our program facilitates students growing into adults who can—

  • Find ongoing and evolving meaning in Jewish celebrations and learning throughout their lives.
  • Make ethical decisions informed by Jewish values.
  • Understand the importance of mitzvot (commandments) and act according to them.
  • Appreciate the Torah’s significance as the central and sacred text of Judaism
  • Know that Hebrew is the language of the Jewish people, the language of Israel, and the sacred language of our prayers and our Torah.
  • Be familiar with the basic vocabulary of the siddur (prayer book) and understand the Hebrew of frequently used prayers.
  • Be aware that Jews have lived in and identified with the land of Israel for over four thousand years.
  • Identify with and demonstrate concern for K’lal Yisrael—the Jewish people.

Educational Philosophy and Orientation

The Jewish Studies program is built around Torah (the vast body of Jewish learning), Avodah (worship), and G’milut Hasadim (acts of loving kindness). Torah is our core text, linking us to the past and directing our deeds. Prayer is our spiritual compass: it creates a life rhythm and forms a structure of daily, weekly, holiday and life-cycle observance. Acts of loving kindness bring Jewish values to life, and inform our interactions with others and with the world in which we live.

The Hebrew curriculum connects students with tefillah and helps make Jewish practice relevant through active use of the language. By combining Hebrew Through Movement (HTM) with participation in prayer services, students experience Hebrew as both a living language and as an expression of the spiritual heritage of our people.

We strongly encourage parents to enroll children beginning with the preschool class (Nitzanim), and we look forward to students continuing through high school. High school students may enhance their Jewish learning by participating in our active Temple Beth-El youth group (USY), by serving as madrichim (teacher aides) in the Religious School, and by learning together at Midrashah (8th – 12th grades).

Jewish education is most effective when parents serve as role models, and we encourage and value all parents’ involvement in their children’s education by providing many opportunities for the entire family to celebrate Judaism together.  Our goal is for students to experience Judaism as relevant to their lives both inside and outside Religious School. What we do in the classroom, we believe, must matter to us in our homes and throughout our daily lives.

The goals and values of our Religious School program reflect those of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, of which Temple Beth-El is a member congregation. 

Fri, December 4 2020 18 Kislev 5781