Religious School

Our Goals

  • Build Community
  • Nurture Jewish Identity
  • Engage in Experiential Learning

We focus on these Core Content Areas:

  • Torah
  • Living Jewish Values
  • Jewish Time/Yearly Calendar/Life Cycle
  • Prayer
  • God
  • What does it mean to be a Reform Jew?

Curriculum for 2017-18

Classes for Pre-K through Grade 12 will resume on Sunday, August 27. Our curriculum, which is designed to provide an interactive, “hands on” learning experience will focus on:

Pre-K through Grade 7 – Our Sunday morning program will feature Torah stories (with emphasis on the Book of Genesis); Hebrew; Jewish holidays; and Jewish life cycle.  Grades 5&6 will have an extended class time which includes B’nei Mitzvah Prep, our program for fostering Hebrew and prayer skills in pre-bar and –bat mitzvah students.

Grade 8 – We have completely revamped our 8th grade program for the 2017-2018 year. The class will meet two Sundays per month and focus on service projects that help our temple as well as the larger Winston-Salem community! The 8th grade program will also include an educational and community building trip to Atlanta from February 2-4, 2018.

Grades 9-12 – Our high school Havayah class will explore Jewish history, Israeli culture, and Jewish approaches to personal health and wellness. The Havayah program will also feature several travel experiences, including:

  • New York City Trip, November 10-12, 2017
  • Day Trip to Boone, December 2, 2017
  • Weekend Retreat in the Mountains, April 13-15, 2018

2017-18 Class Times

Pre-K through Grade 4 Sundays, 9:45-11:30 a.m.
Grades 5&6 (w/B’nei Mitzvah Prep) Sundays, 8:00-11:30 a.m.
Grade 7 Sundays, 9:45-11:30 a.m.
Grade 8 2 Sundays per month, 9:45-11:30 a.m.
Grades 9-12 Sundays, 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Teaching Faculty

Mike Backfield
B’nei Mitzvah Prep, Grades 3&4 Judaics

Lisa Emmerich
Grade 8 Judaics

Naomi Greenberg

Yasmin Jaffe
Grade 5 Judaics

Rona Klein
Grades 1&2 Judaics

Kathryn Levy
Pre-K and Kindergarten Judaics

Meredith Peterson
Grade 8 Judaics

Bobby Stern
Grades 6&7 Judaics

Weather-Related Closings

In the event that it is necessary to cancel Religious School due to inclement weather, families and teaching faculty will be notified directly by email. The closing will also be announced on WXII 12 News and Weather.


For more information, contact Director of Education Courtney Anthony at: or (336)722-6640, ext. 102

UPCOMING Religious School EVENTS

Faculty Orientation Sunday, August 19, 2018

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Rel. School-Welcome Back Pancake Breakfast Sunday, August 26, 2018

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No Religious School Sunday, September 2, 2018

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