Welcome to the 2020-2021 Temple Emanuel Religious School year. Our staff is very excited about the upcoming year. Due to our current health situation and temple reopening guidelines we will be beginning our year with virtual instruction for our students in kindergarten – grade 8. Our teachers have been busy planning interactive, creative and engaging lessons for their students. Each week all of our students will have a Zoom meeting with their Hebrew and Judaica teachers, as well as have an opportunity to meet with Rabbi Mark. Class sessions will be between 45 -60 minutes in length. Please contact Bobby Stern, Religious School Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336- 722-6640 (ext. 102) if you have any questions.
Our virtual weekly schedule will be similar to our in- person religious school schedule.
9:30 – 9:50am
9:30 – 10:15am
10:30 – 11:15am
Kindergarten – Grade 1 – A study of holidays and symbols in our synagogue
Grades 2 and 3 – A study of the Bible from Sinai to the nation of Israel
Grades 4 and 5 – A study of the traditions and celebrations associated with Jewish life cycle events
Grades 6 and 7 – An in-depth study of the Jewish holidays
Grade 8 – A study of Israel and an opportunity to explore and discuss ten classic debates from Jewish history including Abraham and G-d, the five daughters and the twelve tribes, and Herzl and Wise.
Our staff is very aware that many of our students will be involved in virtual online instruction during the week. In order to reduce the amount of screen time for our students, we have included two Mishpacha (family) Sundays in our calendar in
place of our regular religious school class days. The Mishpacha Sundays will be on October 25 and November 15. We encourage our families to plan a special family activity on each of the Mishpacha Sundays. We hope each family will share photographs with us to highlight how they are working and playing together as a family. As we approach the first Mishpacha Sunday I will put additional links in the weekly schmooze.
Our new Temple Emanuel Hebrew Chai is open for all of our high school students.
Students will meet once a month with Rabbi Mark to discuss timely matters from a Jewish perspective. In addition, as life allows, Rabbi Mark will be planning various get togethers throughout the year hopefully including some of the following – mitzvah projects, movies, speakers, community outreach opportunities and field trips. Any cost for these programs will be paid when parents register through Chaverware. Students and parents will receive information about all upcoming programs.