The Importance of Jewish Identity
We want each of our students to establish a positive attitude and relationship with Judaism and the synagogue. This connection becomes the catalyst for building a strong Jewish identity and cultivating a lifetime commitment to the Jewish people.
Temple Menorah Religious School strives to provide each of its students, in partnership with the home, a quality Reform Jewish education. This includes, but is not limited to, developing a strong appreciation for and understanding of:
GOD, TORAH, ISRAELHebrew Language and PrayerJewish Values and TraditionSocial ResponsibilityCommunity!
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Expected Student Learning Outcomes
Students completing Temple Menorah Religious School should be able to:
Read Hebrew comfortably.Know basic Hebrew vocabulary.Understand the structure and choreography of prayer services.Be able to navigate the siddur.Know the basic prayers of the worship services.Be able to chant Torah and Haftorah utilizing and understanding trope systems.Be familiar with the Jewish holidays and their observance.Know the basic prayers of home observances.Have an understanding of the Jewish calendar.Have an understanding of Jewish life cycle events and their observance.Be able to identify Jewish ritual objects and their purpose.Have a basic knowledge of Bible stories.Have a relationship with the State of Israel.Be familiar with events and individuals in the Jewish narrative.Be familiar with basic Jewish cultural expressions- music, Israeli dance, art and cooking.Feel part of the Temple Menorah Jewish community.Feel part of the greater Jewish community- K'lal Yisrael.Be able to identify and see Jewish values in their lives.Know the importance of the 613 Mitzvot in their lives.Be able to incorporate Judaism in life choices.Comfortably and proudly identify as a Jew.
Our kindergarten through second grade meet once a week on Sunday mornings. The focus for our youngest students is seeing themselves as Jews and beginning to build their own dentity. Students have an opportunity for specialty learning as well as a traditional curriculum. We have Israeli folk dance, technology and tefillot added to our days.
Third through sixth graders attend class both Wednesday afternoon and Sundays. They too have the opportunity for specialty learning and are able to choose their own interest. Chuggim (electives) are offered Sunday morning and the students can decide to enrich their learning with Art, Israeli Folk Dance, Technology or Drama.
Temple Menorah Religious School wants your child to be successful! Individualized, in-class services to assist and support your child with special needs are the keystone of this program. This is not a “pull-out” program; each child remains in their classroom and their participation in EZRA is strictly confidential.
Children with an IEP or 504 plan in school, or with learning problems that have not been assessed, are eligible for EZRA. Our Religious School is ready and waiting to ensure that each student reaches their full potential from Bar/Bat Mitzvah to Confirmation and beyond.
Seventh grade attends class on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. The change to Shabbat morning allows for a blending of the academics with participation in and learning of the synagogue service. Social action and involvement in the greater Jewish community are additional expectations of our B'nai Mitzvah year.
The Tichon program is designed to provide an avenue of advanced learning for students from 8th to 12th grades who have completed their B'nai Mitzvah studies. In addition to a Jewish learning environment, this program provides our teens an opportunity for socialization at Temple Menorah and with a peer group from synagogues throughout the South Bay, as well as those in the greater Los Angeles area.
This year our program has both formal and informal components as we merge academics with electives and youth group. Join us on Monday evenings starting each week at 6:00pm.
The year culminates on Shavuot with a beautiful Confirmation service and celebration.
Following confirmation we continue to offer our students opportunities to grow Jewishly and remain involved with their synagogue community. There are many classes to choose from as well as a variety of activities.
Contact Religious School Coordinator, Rabbi Rebeccah Yussman (310) 316-8444 ext. 101 or use the form below.