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Temple Sinai uses the Institute of Southern Jewish Life Education Curriculum. This curriculum thoughtfully spirals the education of our youth from Pre-Kindergarten through Confirmation in such a way that students revisit key content areas with increasing sophistication as they progress through the entire curriculum. It was developed and is updated yearly by the Director of Education at the ISJL, Rachel Stern. She holds a Masters in Jewish Education and she partners with Rabbi Matt Dreffin to not only provide the latest education concepts, but also in the supervision of the nine Education Fellows. The Fellows visit our congregations three times throughout the year as well as serving Educators at each synagogue as a reference for all of our education needs.
The Curriculum uses a developmental approach, with guidelines and materials to meet the needs of each student, ensuring that all students have a positive educational experience. Through classroom instruction paired with art, Hebrew, social action, T’filah, library and hands on projects we touch every child in the way that is most meaningful to them.
Temple Sinai’s most important partner in the Jewish Education of our children is our parents and grandparents who reinforce through the home celebrations, actions and discussions what it truly means to be Jewish.
We also partner with the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp! Every summer hundreds of Jewish kids from this region have the opportunity to attend camp and discover for themselves the JOY of being with their friends and learning to put their Judaism into the most fun action ever.
Religious School Curriculum Content Areas:
– Culture and Symbols
– Hebrew and Prayer
– Jewish History
– Jewish Holidays
– Jewish Lifecycle Events
– Mitzvot and Jewish Values
– TaNaKh – Torah, Prophets and Writings
Pre-K and Kindergarten – Jewish Holidays, Jewish Values & Torah Stories
1st Grade –God, Jewish Holidays, Mitzvot
2nd Grade –Community, Culture & Symbols, Israel, Holidays & Lifecycle events
3rd Grade –God in personal spirituality, Torah Stories, Holidays & Mitzvot
Pre-K through 3rd Graders also enjoy a lot of enrichment! Most Sundays include; Art, Story time, Hebrew letter introduction and Jr. T’filah! They are very busy every week!
There are two scheduled Family education programs with Rabbi Reimer and Ann for our Prek-3rd graders!
4th Grade –God in Jewish Texts, The Prophets & Writings, Israel and Jewish Holidays with values of each.
5th Grade – The Jewish Life Cycle, Israel, Jewish values that connect to every aspect of our lives.
Our 3rd-5th graders will be taking a field trip to Hillel in the spring for Purim FUN!
6th Grade –God and Torah are the focus of this year. We are partners with God in the world. The Torah stories speak to us today.
The 6th graders will also be partnering with our sister city in Israel to learn about the family history of their counterparts as well as their own in this Pilot Program hosted by Partnership 2Gether through the Federation. Temple Sinai is so proud to participate in this special project! There will be Skype meetings between the students and their families a few times during the year leading up to a family tree project.
7th Grade – Community and service, God, self exploration through the Prophets & Writings
8th Grade – Jewish History, the Holocaust & Israel
Our 8th graders will create and lead our Holocaust memorial service for the 4th-9th graders. This is very a very meaningful way for them to express what they have learned and how they feel. Our 4th-8th graders also enjoy a visual and musical T’filah service each week in the chapel and parents are always welcome to join us from 10:45-11:30 anytime!
9th Grade – Jewish culture in film, art, music and humor! Current events in the world
The 8th/9th graders will take a trip to the World War II museum this year and next year we will repeat the incredibly successful Civil Rights trip to Birmingham. These events rotate every other year so all of our kids get to do both.
Our 7th-9th graders will be taking a field trip to Hillel in the spring to learn about Israel past & present.
10th Grade – This most special year spent with our senior Rabbi – Rabbi Matthew Reimer will serve to round out their Jewish Religious School education. The students will learn about their role as a Jew in the world as they learn through the lens of both history and current events.
10th Graders also take a wonderful Confirmation trip with Rabbi Reimer to New York! They explore museums, Ellis Island, the 9/11 memorial as well as Jewish culture, food, Shabbat and some Broadway and playtime!