A Goat in the Sanctuary!!
Last Sunday Charlie, the Goat, visited our religious school, entering right down the middle of the sanctuary. His message was about scapegoating. We can’t blame others and must take responsibility for our actions and deeds. This important lesson, the message of the High Holydays, concluded with a special song, written by Steve Seskin and sung on Sunday by Robin Berger. We welcome you to click this link and listen to its important message. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7Dej4Gfkmc
Youth and Education
Temple Emanu-El seeks to nurture and involve our youth in synagogue life. We create a warm and welcoming environment where our young people can thrive socially, intellectually, and spiritually. We offer a variety of programs, for families with young children to families with teens in High School – the goal being to create a positive sense of Jewish identity and provide a foundation for religious learning experiences.
The Gail and Jeffrey Bayer Family Religious School has earned a reputation for innovation and excellence. The program is designed to enrich the spiritual, religious, and cultural lives of our students, Kindergarten to Sixth Grade. The voices of our children fill our hallways with words of song, prayer, Hebrew, and laughter. Sunday Mornings start off with a community t’filah (worship), called Good Morning Sunshine, with students and their parents. Following, students learn Hebrew and Judaica. In addition, students have a variety of electives where they are given the opportunity to express themselves creatively. Religious School is Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Our Hebrew School meets on Sundays as part of our Religious School morning and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30. Hebrew school our 4th, 5th & 6th graders. We have a content-based curriculum which includes both understanding the meaning, significance and genesis of the prayers and blessings along with learning to read and chant them. We look at each learner individually recognizing their skills, so we can accommodate and celebrate every student. As part of our Hebrew program both Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon our students have a time for tifillah. This is led by our staff and as time goes by includes student leaders.
Cantor Roskin studies with each student as they prepare to become Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Our 7th and 8th graders study together every Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:00. We begin with dinner. Our curriculum focuses on current issues of the day, topics that matter to our students along with specific areas of study such as Holocaust, Israel and Race Relations. Special guests, who are trained in specific fields join us to add their expertise.
Students in 9th and 10th grade prepare for their Confirmation, which is held in the season of Shavuot in the Spring. Classes are taught by senior staff and focus on the student’s Jewish journey, their relationship with God, lessons of Jewish values along with the meaning of Confirmation in their lives.
We encourage our young people who are 8th-12th graders to return to our Sunday morning program, as Madrikhim, teacher assistants. They are a wonderful addition to our Youth and Education teaching team.