Temple Sinai uses the Institute of Southern Jewish Life Education Curriculum. This spiraled curriculum lets students revisit key content areas with increasing levels of sophistication as they progress from Pre-K through confirmation. Through classroom instruction paired with art, Hebrew, social action, t’filah, and hands-on projects, we reach every child in the way that is most meaningful to them.
Temple Sinai’s most important partners in the Jewish education of our children are our parents and grandparents, who reinforce through home celebrations, action, and discussions what it truly means to be Jewish.
We also partner with Henry S. Jacobs Camp! Every summer hundreds of Jewish kids from the Deep South have the opportunity to build lasting friendships while learning Reform values in an immersive Jewish community.
Religious School Curriculum Key Content Areas:
– Culture & Symbols
– Hebrew and Prayer
– Jewish History
– Jewish Holidays
– Jewish Lifecycle Events
– Mitzvot & Jewish Values
– Tanakh (Torah, Prophets & Writings)
Pre-K and Kindergarten – Jewish Holidays, Jewish Values, Torah Stories
1st Grade – God, Jewish Holidays, Mitzvot
2nd Grade – Community, Culture & Symbols, Israel, Jewish Holidays, Jewish Lifecycle Events
3rd Grade – God and Personal Spirituality, Torah Stories, Jewish Holidays, Mitzvot
Classes for Pre-K through 3rd grade students include art, story time, Hebrew letter introduction, and junior t’filah. Our students are very busy every week!
Senior Rabbi Matthew Reimer and Director of Education Ann Zivitz Kientz also host two family education programs for Pre-K to 3rd grade students and their loved ones throughout the year.
4th Grade – God in Jewish Texts, Prophets & Writings, Israel, Jewish Holidays
5th Grade – Jewish Lifecycle, Israel, Jewish Values
In the spring, 3rd through 5th graders take a field trip to Tulane Hillel for Purim fun!
6th Grade – God, Torah
7th Grade – Community and Service, God, Self-Exploration Through the Prophets & Writings
8th Grade – Jewish History, the Holocaust, Israel
In 8th grade, students create and lead a Holocaust memorial service for the 4th through 9th graders. This is a very powerful way for them to express what they have learned and how they feel.
Our 4th through 8th graders also enjoy a visual and musical t’filah service each week in the chapel. Parents are always welcome to join us from 10:45 to 11:30.
9th Grade – Jewish Culture in Film, Art, Music, and Humor, Global Current Events
7th to 9th graders take a field trip to Tulane Hillel each spring to learn about Israel’s past and present.
In the 8th and 9th grades, students take a field trip to either Birmingham, Alabama to learn about the civil rights movement or to the National World War II Museum.
10th Grade – In their final year of Religious School, students (now confirmands) learn about their responsibilities as Jews through the lenses of history and current events.
10th graders also take a trip with Rabbi Reimer to New York! Students explore Ellis Island, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, various other sights, and Jewish culture and food. The trip also includes a Broadway show.