Today is February 16, 2020 -
At Temple Beth Chai, educating our children is our top priority. We pride ourselves on offering an excellent religious school program that prepares students for their B’nei Mitzvah.
Our Religious School for 3rd through 7th graders meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 pm.
Our students learn to read Hebrew, lead Shabbat prayers and chant Torah. They also study Jewish and Israeli traditions/culture, Jewish holidays, Bible stories, the Life Cycle, and the Holocaust.
In order to make sure our students are prepared for their B’nei Mitzvah, our program focuses on ensuring students are capable Hebrew readers and are comfortable with the prayers. One requirement of the Religious School is attending a specific number of Junior Chai Services throughout the year. These services are held downstairs during our regular Shabbat Services for children enrolled in the Religious School. They give our students a chance to practice leading prayers in front of their peers, understand the service, and learn about each week’s Torah portion.
Our Religious School educators combine learning with fun activities to keep the students engaged. Our students create decorations for our Sukkah, bake challah bread, run games at the Purim Carnival, hold a mock Seder right before Passover, participate in a Tu B’Shevat Seder, and celebrate other Jewish traditions in the classroom.
For students in 1st and 2nd grade, we offer a Sunday School program. Alef/Bet meets every Sunday from 9:30-11:30 am during the school year. Our Alef/Bet students are introduced to the Hebrew letters and learn about Jewish holidays and traditions.
For preschoolers, pre-K and kindergartners, we offer a class that meets one Sunday every month from 9:30-11:30 am. Our Shalom Sesame students get a chance to interact with other children their age and learn about Jewish holidays and celebrations through play, crafts and stories.