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 on Wednesdays is made up of Hebrew learning communities where our 4th to 6th graders learn Hebrew in a variety of ways. The students learn in Hebrew prayer groups designed to accommodate and celebrate the different learning styles of every student. Our Hebrew curriculum is unique to Emanu-El as it was developed in house by one of our extraordinary Hebrew teachers with our children in mind. Once a month students participate in “Read with the Rabbis”, and read for Rabbi Haas and Rabbi Miller. Cantor Roskin works with the sixth graders as they begin their Bar and Bat Mitzvah journey. Hebrew School is for our 4th-6th graders Wednesday afternoons 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The TEENs program is comprised of students in the 7th and 8th grade. Dinner is held before the program and followed by interactive and engaging lessons that focus on how to navigate the teenage years through a Jewish lens.
Students in the 9th and 10th grade participate in confirmation class where they have the opportunity to study Torah and the values and teachings enhance their lives. The students eat dinner together to create fellowship and camaraderie.
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.
The Shabbatones, our temple’s worship band, is made up of students and parents who lead a contemporary Shabbat worship experience once a month. The service is spiritually uplifting and a wonderful way to celebrate Shabbat with the entire family. The worship music is upbeat and contemporary and the service is projected to create a visual t’filah. After the service we join together for a fun-filled Shabbat dinner in the atrium of the Collat Congregational Center.