As the weather gets colder we all begin to pull out our winter coats and sweaters. We check to see what still fits and make a mental list of what we need for the coming winter. Not every family can do this. Some children’s families are unable to purchase them a warm winter coat. If you have any outgrown or no longer worn coats please send them in to the temple. We will arrange to have them distributed to those in need. We are accepting both children and adult coats. We ask that they be in good condition. We are also accepting new hats and seldom worn scarves and gloves. You can drop of coats in the RS office until the end of November.
Thank you for lending a helping hand.
Director of Education
Torah Scribe Project: Keeping the words of Torah Alive Sunday December 11th a very special program at 10am for all our Temple Avodah members. Please visit the calendar page for more info.
At our Temple Avodah Religious School, we strive to bring Judaism to our students in a warm, inclusive, safe, and welcoming Jewish environment. We hope to provide the foundations that will enable them to integrate meaningfully Reform Judaism into their lives. Our goal is to develop and inspire a community of educated and Menschlich Jewish youth. Hands on learning and family involvement will play a significant role in the educational process.
Through the study of Hebrew, traditions, history, holidays, customs, and Torah, our children will feel that they are a part of Klal Yisrael, the world Jewish community. The skills they learn in class will enable them to participate in services wherever they travel. The lessons in tikkun olam (world repair), gemilut hasadim (acts of loving kindness/social justice) and state of the art educational programming will make our students responsible and compassionate human beings.
Students are encouraged to participate in all aspects of communal Jewish life. Junior Congregation services are held throughout the year, so that students can experience Shabbat with their peers. Holiday celebrations through ritual, prayer, music and crafts are an integral part of life in the Religious School. Students participate actively in the Temple’s Mitzvah Day and send greeting cards to U.S. servicemen and women serving abroad several times a year.
The Temple Avodah Religious School is home to over onehundred and fifty students in grades one through twelve. Middle and High schoolers attended our 7-12 Grade program called Kesher Kef that is housed at Temple Avodah. Classes usually have no more than fifteen to eighteen students, so that teachers can develop close working relationships with their students. Classes meet once weekly in all grades for two hours. In addition, grade six students meet for small group tutorials once a week with the professional staff (Rabbi, Cantorial Soloist, Educator). Students are expected to attend scheduled Junior Congregation services on Friday nights as well. We offer a class for students in grades three through six with special needs. In grades four through seven, the curriculum is departmentalized into Hebrew and Judaic studies classes.
Our faculty is a diverse community of caring adults who make Judaism come alive for their students. They, along with the Director, work as part of the team that includes the PTO, the Rabbi, the Cantorial Soloist, and the Bnai Mitzvah tutors to support our students on the road to Bar/ Bat Mitzvah, confirmation, and Jewish adulthood. Our Kesher Kef program allows teens to continue together and enjoy their time at Temple Avodah.
For 7th - 12th graders, Temple Avdoah has its own Hebrew High School perfectly named by the students: Kesher Kef, which means the Fun Connection.
This program is an oasis of time and space where our children will decompress, connect with their friends and get to know the Rabbi, Cantorial Soloist and Educational Director, while they reflect on their busy and sometimes stressful lives within a Jewish context. The program focuses on celebrating Jewish Culture and the core principles that have made Judaism withstand the test of time. All of this happens with food, friends and various mediums of self expression and activities that will be at the center of each and every session.
Our goal is to help our children strengthen their Jewish identities in a fun, stress-free and meaningful way. To that end, we plan to have lots of activities scheduled!
Religious school begins at the scheduled start time. The doors will be open and children will be permitted into the building beginning at 4:15. For the safety of our children, it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that they are not dropped off before 4:15pm.
Snacks will continue to be sold in the lobby from 4:15pm-4:25pm. We are fortunate to have a dedicated and active PTO. In addition to organizing class parents and being involved in the classrooms, many of our programs are funded and run by our PTO and we need your help to keep it going strong. Parent volunteers are sought to help sell snacks. Please contact Audrey Quick to find out more about how you can get involved. Every Temple member is encouraged to join PTO to support our children and programs for our children. It is only $18 per year for a family to join and show its support.
A note about Hebrew. The children work hard to acquire Hebrew skills while at Religious School. The only way to maintain and build on these skills is to practice. Please be sure to have your children complete all assigned homework (it will be limited to 5-15 minutes per week) in order to help them grow and refine their skills.
Please make sure you complete and return an emergency treatment form and a carpool form (if applicable) before the first day of school. These forms are located here below on our website and may be downloaded for your convenience.
Please note: WE ARE A NUT AWARE SCHOOL. Please do NOT send in snacks that are made with peanuts or tree nuts or are made in a facility which processes peanuts or tree nuts. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
We look forward to another wonderful year at your Religious School. Please be in touch with any questions or concerns- or just to say hello.
Summer’s end is quickly approaching and at Temple Avodah we are gearing up for a fantastic year of Jewish activities and learning at our religious school. As the new religious school director I am excited to learn about the current program here and introduce some new approaches to Jewish learning in the school.
We are in the process of hiring teachers, setting up classes and ordering books and supplies. For those who have not yet done so: Please send in your enrollment forms including the health information sheet, photo release form and carpool information as soon as possible. All forms can be found on this website or picked up at the main office. If you have any special requests, such as classmates your child would like to be with in class (for grades that have more than one class) please let us know by Thursday, September first. We will try to honor every request but cannot accommodate last minute changes. Class lists are given to the teachers at our faculty orientation meeting at the beginning of September.
Classes begin this year on Monday, September 12, 4:30-6:30 for students in grades K-4 and Tuesday, September 13, 4:30- 6:30 for students in grades 5&6. Drop off is no earlier than 4:15. Snacks are sold in the lobby. If you choose to send a snack from home please make sure it is NUT FREE. While the building is not officially nut free, in the school we are “nut aware” and do not sell or use any food that contains nuts. Parent Orientation is at 6:00 in the Social Hall both days. The 7th grade students come from 6:15- 8:00 on Tuesday. Their program, part of Kesher Kef, includes a 15 minute service, dinner, Hebrew and a fun activity. Eighth through twelfth graders join us for dinner at 6:30 with Kesher Kef following. Menus will be sent out in advance.
The Religious School Calendar can be found on this website. Information about the Billy Joel Shabbat Service and Welcome Dinner on Friday, September 2 is also posted. I hope to meet many of you there. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.766-6809 X200 or Avodahreligiousschool@gmail.com.
Marilyn Greenspan Temple Avodah, Director of Education
Support Organizations for the Religious School
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL/BAR AND BAT MITZVAH COMMITTEE
This committee oversees the workings of the Religious School and sets its policy. The committee meets monthly to review issues relevant to the Religious School and the preparation of Bnai Mitzvah. The Rabbi, the Cantorial Soloist, and the Educational Director work closely with the committee. The committee always welcomes new members and new ideas. Please contact the Committee Co-Chairs for more information, or leave a message in the Temple Office.
PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is an arm of Temple dedicated to providing activities for the children of the Religious School. It subsidizes many of the programs and expenses which help our Religious School to run smoothly. Membership is open to all members of Temple. The PTO has a very active board. PTO recruits and coordinates the activities of class parents for the Religious School as well.
Dues are only $18/year per family.
The PTO provides assistance for holiday related activities for students including, but not limited to: supplying apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah, snacks in the Sukkah, latkes for Chanukah, hamentashen for Purim and assisting at model seders. PTO also holds Shabbat dinners for each grade level. Visit the PTO page for complete details.