Education for Children
At Temple Beth Torah, we take great pride in our Religious School education for children and teenagers. Our volunteer teachers and professional administrators help instill a sense of community, identity and knowledge. Sunday mornings, students from age four through confirmation gather from 9.15 a.m. until noon. The morning includes specialized instruction in Hebrew language as well as topical areas in which students learn about God, Jewish culture, history, holidays, values, prayer, music and religious practices. We utilize a curriculum from the Goldring Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (www.isjl.org), which is designed specifically for small synagogues in the south. Grades 8- 12 have once a month special program that may include community service, interfaith experiences, and Judaic explorations in a social setting. Three times a year, an educational fellow from ISJL visits our community to help enhance our zest for learning.
Wednesday afternoons are devoted to Hebrew instruction for students in grades 4-7, helping them understand the language, become proficient with leading prayer and reading Torah in preparation for Bar and Bat Mitzvah. As students approach Bar or Bat Mitzvah, they meet individually with the rabbi for both tutoring and in-depth discussion of this important life-cycle event.
The rabbi is involved in all aspects of the Religious School. He visits with all the classes, sharing stories and answering questions. At the end of the school day, on both Sundays and Wednesdays, students gather with the rabbi for prayers, discussion, songs and stories. Parents are welcome to attend “Sanctuary Time,” which meets 11:30-12:00 on Sundays and 6:00 -6:15 on Wednesdays.
Students who have completed Bar and Bat Mitzvah prepare for Confirmation and participate in a teen group that meets two Friday nights a month. They are involved with community service, discussion of timely topics for Jewish teenagers and social activities.