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What does Religious School look like at TBT?

Our new Shabbat-based Religious School program offers opportunities for students and families to experience the world through a Jewish lens. Each year is filled with special events that translate Jewish learning into opportunities for Jewish celebration and growth. We offer Religious School learning opportunities for kids in PreK through 12th grade.

PreK - 8th grade meets on Saturdays from 9:30am - 12pm. Families are encouraged to stay for our congregational kiddush luncheon at 12pm.

9th-12th grade meets on Saturdays from 12pm - 2pm, starting with lunch.


PreK - 2nd Grade

PreK to 2nd graders gather on Saturday mornings from 9:30am - 12pm to discover Torah stories, holidays, symbols and values of Judaism. Our storybook curriculum centers around a different picture book each week to explore Jewish life. Each grade has a guiding question to direct learning:

  • PreK: What are the symbols of holidays and Jewish life?
  • Kindergarten: What are the stories of the Jewish people?
  • 1st Grade: What are the values of the holidays and Jewish life?
  • 2nd Grade: What are the key Hebrew words and phrases of the holidays and Jewish life?

Developing lifelong connections to other Jewish kids is at the core of our Religious School experience. In addition to our curriculum learning, students also engage with each other through t'filah, enrichment activities (such as Israeli dancing and cooking), Torah Play, and more.


3rd-5th Grade

3rd-5th graders gather on Saturdays from 9:30am - 12pm to participate in t'filah, chuggim (electives), Torah Play, and tiyulim (journeys), our new badge achievement program.

Students also meet once a week in small groups for Hebrew learning, either virtually or in person. Hebrew group schedules vary each year depending on families' schedules.

Tiyulim: “Tiyulim” means trips or journeys. In this new program students explore Jewish culture, history, and rituals by choosing which journeys they want to take. At the beginning of the year, students receive their own siddur (prayerbook), siddur cover, passport and guidebook. Similar to other badge programs, students choose a badge to pursue and have to complete a number of learning activities in order to achieve that badge. Each trimester, students are guided and supported in their learning journeys. At the end of each trimester, we join together in a siyum (concluding ceremony) to learn about each others' journeys and receive badges.

Chuggim: Our 3rd-5th graders select electives three times over the course of the year. Options have included: Outdoor Judaism, Jewish Cooking, If I lived in Israel, Art, Drama, Music, etc. These are mixed-grade classes where participants can focus on their own interests or learn new skills.

Funding for Tiyulim (Badge Education Program) was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.


6th-8th Grade

6th-8th graders gather on Saturdays from 9:30am - 12pm to participate in Shabbat services, learn, and do mitzvot together.

All 6th-8th graders participate in our monthly "Mitzvah Team" program by joining together in a volunteer project in the community during Religious School.

Each grade has a different curriculum focus:

  • 6th Grade: What does it mean in my own life to become b'mitzvah?
  • 7th Grade: What is my responsibility to the Jewish community and the world when I become b'mitzvah?
  • 8th Grade: L'dor Vador (generation to generation) - learning about our Jewish history and becoming a leader for the future.

Each year, our 8th graders have the opportunity to participate in our 8th Grade Los Angeles Trip with Temple De Hirsch Sinai.


9th-12th Grade

9th-12th graders gather roughly twice a month on Saturdays from 12pm-2pm, starting with lunch. At the first gathering of the month, teens engage in our Moving Traditions Tzelem program, a safe space to explore the social and emotional aspects of teenage life through a Jewish lens. During the second half of the year, teens will participate in a project-based learning program created in partnership with the Washington State Jewish Historical Society.

This year, all 9th-12th graders have the opportunity to participate in a social justice trip to the south with Temple De Hirsch Sinai.


COVID-19 Update
We are currently planning for our 2021-2022 Religious School programs to meet in person with a separate virtual option for families that do not feel comfortable participating in person.

Registration Info
Religious School registration is online through your new ShulCloud account. When logged into your ShulCloud account, click on "my account" at the top and then select "start school enrollment." If you need assistance or if you are not currently a member, please email contact@templebnaitorah.org.

Tuition
We have reformed our tuition plan to make Religious School more affordable. Families now pay a fee of $500 for the first child and $250 for each additional child when they enroll their children in our school.

Temple Membership
Families with their eldest child in 2nd grade or younger do not need to be members of TBT to enroll in Religious School. To register as a non-member please email our office at contact@templebnaitorah.org. For all other ages, family membership is required for all.

Meeting your Family's Needs
There is space on the registration form to describe any special needs, dietary restrictions, or medical conditions your child may have. We urge you to give the school as much information as possible so that we may better serve your child.

Media Policy
We often take photos of classes and programs at Religious School and use them in TBT’s publications online or in print. We never publish names of students along with the photos. If you DO NOT want your child/children’s photographs to appear online or in print, please email Jessica Brumer stating you DO NOT give permission for TBT to use your child/children’s photos.


2021-2022 School Calendar

Check back soon for our 2021-2022 calendar and mark your calendars for our first day of school on October 2, 2021.

 

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