Religious School

Congregation Emanu-El Israel's Religious School seeks to build within each child a positive and informed sense of Jewish identity and community to help our students enjoy and understand their Jewish heritage.

When is Religious School

Congregation Emanu-El Israel's Religious School is offered on Sunday mornings starting at 10:00 AM for grades K-9 and confirmation classes for 10th graders on Sundays at noon.

A part of the Religious School program is the preparation of students for their Bar and Bat Mitzvah. Beginning with third grade students, Congregation Emanu-El Israel offers a weekly course of Biblical Hebrew, and prayer study to fully prepare our young people to take their place as fully participating members of the congregation.

Statement of Goals

By the end of a student's formal religious education with Congregation Emanu-El Israel, he/she should become a committed Jewish adult and should demonstrate this commitment by:
Being affiliated with a synagogue or temple
Taking a leadership role in his/her synagogue or temple
Observing Shabbat and Jewish holidays
Attending services regularly
Raising Jewish children
Being active in the Jewish community
Being a life long learner
Practicing Jewish ethical values
Maintaining a strong relationship with Israel

Program Values

We support the following general goals of the Reform Movement, as stated by the Union of Reform Judaism. At Congregation Emanu-El Israel we strive to provide a program of Jewish education which will enable children, teens, and adults to become Jews who:
Affirm their Jewish identity and bind themselves inseparably to their people by word and deed;
Bear witness to the brit (covenant between God and the Jewish people) by embracing the Torah through the study and observance of mitzvot (commandments) as interpreted in light of historic developments and contemporary liberal thought;
Cherish and study Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people;
Value and engage in tefillah (prayer);
Further the causes of justice, freedom, and peace by pursuing tzedek (justice) and chesed (loving deeds);
Celebrate Shabbat and the festivals, and observe the Jewish ceremonies that mark significant occasions in their lives;
Esteem themselves and others, their own family and the families of others, their own community and the communities of others;
Express their kinship with K’lal Yisrael (the community of Israel) by actively seeking the welfare of Jews throughout the world and by developing a relationship with Israel - its people, the land, and the state.
Support and participate in the life of the synagogue.

We believe these goals are best accomplished through educational experiences which touch the whole person: body, heart, mind, and soul.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for students in Kindergarten through 9th grade is $200. It is important (and financially helpful) to register as soon as possible! Please note that scholarships are available for those in need.

Volunteer

Religious School is still looking for parent volunteers to help monitor and secure the Congregation Emanu-El property during Religious School. If you would like to volunteer, please let us know!

Temple Membership

Please note that you must be a member-in-good-standing of Congregation Emanu-El Israel in order to register for Congregation Emanu-El Israel's Religious School and Hebrew School. Please direct all membership inquiries, questions, and concerns to the CEI office at 724-834-0560.