A Message From Our Director of Education and Youth Engagement
Welcome back to what is going to be an exciting and fun year of experiencing Jewish learning for all of our students and parents at the Colman A. Zwitman Religious School this year. Our theme throughout Temple Israel this year is “Tikkun HaOlam/Tikkun HaNefesh, Repairing the World/Repairing our Soul” All of our programs will reflect this theme. I have planned different types of Family Education, Adult Education, and of course curriculum for each grade to reflect the values, morals and ethics that we at Temple Israel Religious School continue to teach and model.
I am pleased to announce that all of our Religious School Staff will remain the same, although some teachers and assistants will be teaching different grades. We are blessed here at Temple Israel to have a dedicated staff that not only teach your child what I discussed above, but are also wonderful role models to our children. They are here because they love and believe in what we teach.
The hours of Religious School are slightly different this year. At 9:00 a.m. our breakfast compliments of Henry Wolff will begin. All of the food will be cleaned up by 9:25 a.m. T’filah will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. (see the Parent Handbook for more details). The students will be brought down to the patio for pick-up at 12:10 p.m.
I would like to welcome Karen Weiss as the new Vice President of Education. Karen is a familiar face around Temple Israel and has always volunteered to help me in any way needed. I am looking forward to working hand in hand with her. Karen is available by e-mail at email@example.com.
I am looking forward to getting to know your children. For your convenience you may enroll online.
Please call me if you have any questions.
Director of Education & Youth Engagement
Philosophy and Goals
The goal of Jewish education at Temple Israel is the deepening of Jewish experience and knowledge for all Jews in order to strengthen faith in God, love of Torah and identification with the Jewish people through involvement in synagogue and participation in Jewish life.
At Temple Israel, we believe that Jewish education should foster within each child the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to participate comfortably in the Jewish Community. We take great pride in our excellent teaching staff, who provides our students with a rich understanding and appreciation of Judaism. We are excited about our curriculum, which focuses on the Jewish family, Jewish values, Hebrew, prayer, Torah and history, rituals, customs, Israel, Jewish ethics, tzedakah and social action, in addition to our wonderful Family Education Days. The staff works in partnership with parents through our educational process, and provides materials for our students to take home and share with their families. Also provided are many mitzvah opportunities for our classes and families.
• To nurture a positive Jewish identity
• To create an enriching and uplifting Jewish educational experience
• To provide many opportunities to enhance and encourage Jewish family life
• To provide an understanding of tikkun olam (repairing the world), and encourage student and family participation in mitzvot opportunities
• To provide an opportunity to enhance your child’s self-esteem through Jewish peer relationships at Temple Israel
• To develop an understanding of basic Jewish concepts in Torah, history, rituals, holidays, prayer and Hebrew
• To encourage our students’ understanding of the culture and people of Israel
• To encourage a lifetime commitment to Jewish life and Jewish communal involvement
• To create Lifelong Jews
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share in your child’s Jewish education.
Policies and Procedures
Curriculum Overview and Guidelines
Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten
First Grade/Second Grade
Fourth Grade/Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade/Seventh Grade
Eighth Grade through Twelfth Grade
Teen Volunteer Program
Healthy Snack Guidelines
- Fresh fruit in season cut in slices or halves, such as apples, oranges, bananas, peaches
- Low fat Breads and Muffins such as banana, blueberry, pumpkin or zucchini
- Mini bagels (with cream cheese or margarine on the side)
- Cheeze-Its or Goldfish crackers
- Graham or animal crackers
- Low-fat string cheese or cubed cheese
- Applesauce cups
- Baked chips
- Other snack that adhere to our policies
- Juice boxes or water bottles