WHO WE ARE
An integral and lively component of East End Temple, the Religious School provides a warm and inclusive community of teachers, students and families. It is a place for children to expand their minds, their hearts, and their understanding of the world around them within the context of an open, progressive Jewish environment.
Our curriculum places focus on Jewish experience, as opposed to just content.
We ask the question: What does it mean to live a Jewish life? It means coming together as a community to celebrate holidays, taking part in important customs and traditions— but it also means working for social justice, cultivating an inquisitive mind, and becoming responsible, ethical citizens of the world.
WHAT WE DO
EET’s Religious School students attend once a week (days and times below). We engage students in Jewish curriculum topics ranging from Torah, holidays, mitzvot, Jewish values and Jewish history through varied activities such as drama, arts and crafts, technology, and debate.
At the beginning of our afternoon together, we gather in the sanctuary for t’filah (prayer), which parents, family and friends are welcome to join. T’filah is led by our cantor, Shira Ginsburg, and rabbi, Josh Stanton, and students participate throughout the service. T’filah allows our students to gain comfort with the language, order, and command of the prayers while forming a connection to their meaning.
Hebrew is taught with the primary objective of reading fluency. We teach the students the skills they need to prepare for their bar/bat mitzvah. Hebrew learning is individualized in 2nd through 6th grade. Students work in small groups for concentrated Hebrew study.
DAYS & TIMES
Our religious school meets once a week on the following days, by grade:
- PreK - 1st Grade Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm
- 2nd - 3rd Grade Thursdays, 4:00-6:00pm
- 4th - 5th Grade Wednesdays, 4:00-6:15pm
- 6th - 7th Grade Tuesdays, 4:00-6:15pm
Students and their families are encouraged to engage in Jewish learning and living throughout the year. Gatherings such as Class Shabbat, Simchat Shabbat, holiday celebrations, and tzedakah (charity) programs like Food For Families, provide fun and enriching occasions to come together in answering the question: What does it mean to live a Jewish life?
Please see our EET Religious School Curriculum for more detailed information by grade.
We love to welcome new families and new students to our Religious School! If you would like to discuss further details of the program with our Director of Education Mindy Sherry, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.