Temple Beth El actively promotes Jewish education among our youth and adults. We pride ourselves on a substantial investment in providing many opportunities to learn about Judaism and Judaic life as it relates to our place and responsibilities in the world. Our future generations gain deeper meaning in their lives through learning about Jewish history and the practice of Jewish values and observances.
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Temple Isaiah's Preschool and Religious School are a home for our families at the intersection of tradition and innovation. Our core values include respecting ourselves, respecting and honoring others, and respecting and protecting the world in which we live. It also includes the pursuit of justice and tikkun olam. It is exactly the nexus of Jewish tradition and modern innovations that has provided us with the tools we need to raise mensches, build community and repair the world, even today.
The Wise Schools know that all students deserve the opportunity to learn deeply, be creative, experience wholeness in order to make great happen in the world. This is even more important using a Judaic lens. A Wise School graduate feels a strong connection to the State of Israel, our history, holidays and rituals, and an obligation to improve their community.
Early Childhood is a critical time for children to develop their identity. Our Early Childhood Center provides each child with an environment created to stimulate curiosity, which in turn ignites learning and imagination. Our Judaic curriculum is multidimensional and joyful, helping to instill in each child an invaluable lifelong love of learning and community, which preserves our Jewish heritage.
Jewish education provides students with a "lab-like environment" to learn, explore, and apply Judaism to real life! Classrooms reflect the real world both in content and social development so that when students leave the classroom and grow up into Jewish adults they understand in their kishkas that Jewish life and values permeate the world.
In our early childhood center, Jewish education is specifically designed to embrace both child and parent, Jews and non-Jews, all of whom find a welcome place in our school and community. Jewish education provides a ritual language for families to express their common values as well as explore the unique ideas that Judaism has added to our world. The school embraces the values of respect and exploration, discovery and acceptance as families form their religious lives.
Jewish education provides a language through which our members can understand the world, express what is in their hearts, form relationships with other members of the community and with God, and gain access to a rich treasury of wisdom and insight. Jewish education is a portal to a richer life that is grounded in the sacredness of a land and people and encompassed in the holiness of time.
As a Jewish school, our distinct challenge is to root our students in the joy and responsibility of Jewish learning, belonging, and practice and to enable them to learn from, contribute to, and creatively interact with the traditions, cultures, and values of our larger society. At the same time, to fulfill our mission as a Jewish school, we need to constantly ask ourselves: how do we cultivate our distinctive Jewish gifts with the most positive elements of our larger culture in order to refine the soul, renew the Jewish people, and repair the world?