Religious school for the 2013-2014 school year begins on Sunday, September 8, 2013. Attached you will find registration forms for the 2013-2014 Religious School year. Please review the pre-printed forms and make appropriate changes as needed. A separate Student Profile/ Emergency Contact Release form and Student Background form is needed for each child. Please return the completed forms, along with the required deposit, to the Temple Office as soon as possible. Early registration allows us to better plan for the upcoming school year.
At Beth Tikvah we aim to provide children with knowledge of Jewish heritage, a sense of Jewish identity, a positive attitude toward Judaism, a means to connect to the Jewish people and a commitment to lifelong learning and Jewish practices. Beth Tikvah’s Religious School has classes for students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade – Sundays Only
Judaic concepts are introduced and explored through developmentally appropriate instructional practices, and students will be introduced to some basic Hebrew through song, stories, and teacher modeling. All students attend worship services on Sunday mornings.
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Grades – Tuesdays and Sundays
On Sundays students study both Judaics and Hebrew, and attend worship services, while on Tuesdays students study Bible and Hebrew. The Judaics and Bible curricula at each grade level are appropriate to the developmental stages of each grade, and focus on different areas each year. While some Hebrew is incorporated into both Judaics and Bible study, focused Modern Hebrew language instruction occurs twice weekly.
Gesher Lekesher Program for 8th – 12th grades
Hebrew Option: Students will continue their Jewish Studies (Judaics and Academy) and their Hebrew education. Hebrew is based on skill level. Classes are multi-grade 8th-12th grade. Students take a Hebrew assessment and are placed in classes based on their assessments and current ability in Hebrew. Students who participate in the Hebrew Option are required to attend on both Sundays and Tuesdays.
Non- Hebrew Option: For students who wish to continue their Jewish studies (Judaics, Torah Study & Academy) without the requirement of taking Hebrew. Students who participate in the Non-Hebrew Option may attend on either Sunday or Tuesday or both days.
Hebrew for High School Credit:Students interested in receiving high school credit for Hebrew studies may be eligible provided their school accepts this credit. Additionally, they must meet the minimum requirements of 80% attendance, earn a passing grade of a C+ or higher. Please notify Rokki Parrinello or Mandy Thalhammer for more information if you are interested in obtaining this credit.
Dinner with the Rabbi: The Gesher Lekesher Program includes the opportunity for ALL 8th – 12th grade students, regardless of the Hebrew option chosen, to “Dine with the Rabbi”. This is held on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 – 6:45. There will be an additional nominal fee of $55 per student for the year to help defray the cost of the food (approx. 30 sessions) AND parents are required to sign up to bring dessert and help with kitchen clean up once during the school year. The academy class immediately follows dinner from 6:45p.m. – 7:30p.m.
Religious School Parent Volunteers
We GREATLY appreciate our Religious School Volunteers! Our school cannot run as well as it does without your help! Please be sure to complete the volunteer form and turn it in with the registration paperwork.
Classes are scheduled on both Sundays and Tuesdays. All grades, Pre-K through 12, attend on Sundays, and grades 2 through 12 also attend on Tuesdays. Both days include a grade specific early and late session.
Please view the schedule below which indicates the starting and ending time for each grade level for both Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings.