The goal of the Temple Israel Religious School is to instill in our children a love of Judaism, a positive Jewish identity, and strong moral and ethical values. We accomplish this task by teaching and advocating Jewish identity, values and observances and by providing our children Hebrew language skills for participating in worship and rituals. Ultimately, our objective is to transmit our Jewish culture – – our distinct view of the world, our obligation to improve it and out relationship to people and G-d – – to the next generation.Our curriculum is sequential and thematically organized within two important content areas: Hebrew and Judaic Studies.
Ethics and Values
All students are welcome at all adult services as well as at family Services. To provide an optimum integration of the year-long Torah and prayer components of the curriculum with actual observance of Shabbat, children are urged to attend Shabbat services every month. The Hebrew curriculum assumes that students are attending Shabbat services throughout the year. Children in kindergarten through grade 4 should plan to attend at least ten Friday evening and Saturday morning services each year. Children in grades 5 and 6 should plan to attend combined total of a minimum of 10 services during the year. Students in the year of their bar or bat mitzvah preparation should be attending services at least two Saturday mornings and an occasional Friday evening service every month, for a total of at least 24 Saturday services.
Regular attendance at Shabbat services will give your child a head start with the Hebrew and melodies that become part of the bar/bat mitzvah training in seventh grade. As their skills develop, children in grades 1-6 will also assist in leading portions of the services, thereby gaining confidence in public worship. There are additional Shabbat participation expectations for students in their bar/bat mitzvah preparation year.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation
Classroom: Students meet weekly on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Tutoring: Six or more months before their scheduled bar/bat mitzvah dates, students begin one-on-one instruction to master their assigned maftir and haftorah portions and to perfect their mastery of Shabbat liturgy. Students will meet approximately 25 times in individual tutoring sessions.
Shabbat services: Mastery of and confidence in leading our liturgy can come only from actual participation in Shabbat services. During the 12 months immediately preceding the date of their bar/bat mitzvah, students must attend at least 24 services. Students frequently assist the Rabbi in leading portions of the service.
Community Service: Preparation for adulthood includes taking responsibility for tikkun olam – – repair of the world. Students will participate in several mitzvah projects and educational units within the synagogue community and as members of the broader Seacoast community.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Orientation
Kitah Gan- Kindergarten: Jodie Aviles : Morah Yosefa
Kitah Aleph- grade 1 : Laraine Riccardi : Morah Leah
Kitah Bet– Grade 2 : Rachel Dennis: Morah Rachel
Kitah Gimmel – Grade 3 : Phil Kliger : Moreh Pinchas
Kitah Dalet – grade 4 Elian Tackeff : Morah Elian
Kitah Hey : Grade 5 – Lisa Fieseher: Morah Leah
Kitah Vav– Grade 6 – Michele Albion and Jacob Platt: Morah Miriam and Moreh Yaakov
Kitah Zayin – Grade 7 – Ruthie Spiero: Morah Ruti