And we were there, from Exodus to Mount Sinai
Click here for the 2012-2013 Religious School Calendar.
Click here for the 2012-2013 Parent Handbook.
Welcome to the 5772-5773 school year.
Shalom, Religious School families.
They were traders, intellectuals, idealists, and romantics. They came from every corner of the earth. They came looking for America’s promise of freedom, acceptance, and wealth. They had hopes and dreams, and sought better economic and religious opportunities.
Beth-El Religious School’s theme for 2012-2013 is
America and Jews: Our Love Story
This year, we will celebrate Jews in America, the important contributions that Jews have made to our incredible country, and the irreplaceable place that America holds in the history of the Jewish people.
In 1654, twenty-three Dutch Jews, mostly of Spanish and Portuguese (Sephardi) descent, immigrated to New Amsterdam. They founded the first synagogue in America-- Shearith Israel. For the first time in Jewish history, a new country--America--gave Jews both religious freedom and human rights. Jews had never before achieved that during their life in the diaspora, They had only known discrimination and rejection. Here, American Jewry were proud of their heritage and they developed into a thriving and remarkable Jewish community.
This year, we will explore this journey and also find our personal family journey, family roots, our own coming to America, and the making of this nation our home.
The first day of Religious School is August 26, 2012
This is not to be missed!
|9:30 - 9:45||Sign-in in the Gathering Area.|
|9:45 - 10:00||Opening ceremony in the Sanctuary.|
|10:10 - 10:50||"The Great American Jewish Museum" with doughnuts and coffee in the Great Hall.|
|11:00 - 11:30||Parents and students meet the teachers in the classrooms.|
|11:30 - 12:00||"The American Jews: Choices and Challenges" Parents presentation and discussion with the rabbi.|
The Children of the Beth-El Religious School 2010-2011
The following things will occur this year:
- The continuation of the Hebrew program, Mitkadem, which means to progress, offers individualized learning, as well as group instruction that readies our children for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. We added 2 extra Hebrew teachers to help with individualizing the program.
- This is the third year of our new Religious School Curriculum, “Chai.” Our teachers love using it with their classes and the students have a wonderfully creative time learning Torah and commentary from the Talmud, Midrash and so much more. Last year we evaluated and tailored the curriculum to fit the needs of our students, teachers and our school.
- Every Sunday morning we will have 30 minutes of T’fillah for Pre-K – 7th grade.
- Beth-El Youth Choir for children 3rd – 6th grades will continue on Sundays, from 12:15 to 1:00 pm.
- This year we changed the 6th grade class curriculum in order to prepare them for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah and help them understand the importance of it. B’nai Mitzvah students will be T’fillah Leaders prior to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah (a month before) and will be heavily engaged with “Tikkun Olam” projects within their 6th grade class. They will also research and discuss their individual Torah and Haftorah portions to help them understand it and write a meaningful speech.