Our Gail and Jeffrey Bayer Family Religious School has earned a reputation for innovation and excellence. Our well-trained faculty uses content and project-based curriculum which is designed to enrich the spiritual, and cultural lives of our students and their families for Kindergarten through 6th grade. The program includes music, art, grade-level mitzvah projects, and family programs. Overall enrollment for 2019-20 is 110 students. We teach both Hebrew and Judaica on Sundays between 9:30 a.m. and noon. Each grade is responsible for doing a mitzvah project in our community to continue the message of bringing kindness to others and making our world a better place. Students also participate in community t’fillah each Sunday to begin their day. Our Religious School includes two floors of classrooms in addition to an office and an art room.
Our Hebrew School meets on Sunday mornings as part of our Religious School, plus on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Our twice-weekly Hebrew program is for our 4th, 5th & 6th graders. We have a content-based curriculum that includes both understanding the meaning, significance, and genesis of the prayers and blessings along with learning to read and chant them. As part of our Hebrew program both Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon, our students have time for t’fillah. This is initially led by our staff and includes student leaders as they become prepared.
Temple Emanu-el takes great pride in having our students become Bar/Bat Mitzvah at the age of thirteen. Students study individually with the Cantor after studying Hebrew for four years. The study of Hebrew includes the actual learning to read Hebrew along with the study of the content and literacy of prayers and blessings. We are proud of our students for the commitment to this process and congratulate them on their achievements and accomplishments.