The Saperstein/Bernstein Religious and Hebrew School celebrates Jewish learning with both Hebrew Language and Religious School components. Steeped in our Reform traditions, students learn the traditional stories of our faith, attempting to instill in our youngest congregants the values that Jews have cherished for thousands of years.Our Hebrew Language program comprised of educators with extensive backgrounds in teaching language skills to children is geared to provide a working reading knowledge of the language so that children and adolescents can carry out the responsibilities of Bar/Bat Mitzvah and carry that knowledge into adulthood. Students in our younger grades (K-3) are introduced to the elements of prayer through Mini-Junior Congregation. Working together with the Rabbi and Cantor, students in grades 4-7 participate in Junior Congregation during the school year. All students in grades K-7 partake in Friday evening Shabbat services specifically geared for Religious and Hebrew School students and families.
The Religious School program was founded in 1920. Our dedicated faculty of classroom teachers and specialists consists of both professional educators and volunteer teachers leading grades K through 7 on Sunday mornings. In Religious School classes, students may find themselves focusing on Torah, Jewish Life Cylce, Holiday Celebrations, and Jewish History. Classroom instruction is enriched with programs and specialties including: Art, Cooking, Music, Jewish Library, Caring Community, and Mitzvah Projects.
The school focuses on educating the next generation of Jewish children and teenagers with the hope of creating future leaders and participants in the Jewish Community. From our youngest to oldest students, Jewish values are emphasized. Each year we celebrate our new students during Simchat Torah as each child is consecrated and given their very own Torah while being welcomed into our Jewish Community. Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation is another key component of our program for students and families (click to download the B’nai Mitzvah Program Parent Manual). Following 7th grade, students continue their Jewish education through involvement with our Youth Engagement Program. The 8th-12th grade students are encouraged to share in our younger students’ learning as they serve as leaders in the Madrichim Program.
Temple Am-Echad is proud of its faculty and students. Many of our children have gone on to become Rabbis and Cantors.
Our school is open to visitors by appointment. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school office during class hours to arrange a visit for you and your child.
- Grades K-3 – Sundays – 9:30-11:45AM
- Grades 4-6 – Sundays – 9:30-11:45AM AND Tuesdays – 4:30-6:00PM
- Grade 7 – Sundays – 9:30-11:45AM AND Tuesdays – 6:15-7:30PM (Dinner & Classes)
- Grades 8-12 – Tuesdays – 6:15-8:15PM (Dinner & Classes)
- Madrichim – Sundays – 9:30-11:45AM (open to students in grades 8-12)