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RELIGIOUS SCHOOL AND FAMILY EDUCATION

Temple Beth Torah educates its young people through the Nicholas Fenakel Religious School (Grades K-12). Our program for 8th and 9th graders explores current topics facing our youngest teenagers in their world and how they relate to their Judaism. The Confirmation Class (10th grade) is taught by Rabbi Andrew Rosenkranz. In addition, a Junior and Senior Youth Group adds a Jewish social aspect to informal education. A love of Judaism is the prime responsibility of our school. Judaism’s rich and full heritage of over 5000 years enables us to create a curriculum that will stimulate, challenge and reach all of our students. Hebrew is taught not only as the language of the Torah and prayer book, but as the language that binds the Jewish people. Our teachers strive to teach Judaism through experiences as well as books. We teach that every child is unique and created in God’s image. We encourage a spirit of cooperation and recognition that we must engage in tikkun olam…repair of the world. Above all else, our school seeks to engage everyone – children and their parents – in life-long learning. We encourage parents to participate and involve themselves in their children’s education and to realize that by example they become the best teachers. All of us make the Nicholas Fenakel Religious School a place for exploring and seeking meaning – the meaning of life, of God and of being a Jew.

 

PRESCHOOL

Preschool is a place where our children learn in a loving way. Its population reflects all races and religions. We offer quality programs for children from 15 months of age to kindergarten. The professional staff instructs small classes featuring hands-on learning that is enhanced by field trips and school-wide events. The children enjoy creative movement, gymnastics, computers, and conversational Spanish in addition to weekly Shabbat celebrations and Judaic studies. There is a nurse on staff daily who oversees all health issues. We have an active classroom parent organization that helps to plan and organize special events. Half, full and extended day programs are available, as well as “Play and Learn” parent and child interactive classes. We also offer before and aftercare as well as enrichment classes. Additionally, we offer an eight-week “Summer of Fun” enrichment camp.

The Preschool first opened its doors to 60 children in August 1990 and enrollment has been climbing ever since. In order to accommodate our growing numbers, two new classrooms and a tot playroom have been added to the existing space. For more information about any of our programs, please call the preschool at 793-2649. Note that Temple members are offered a discount for children attending preschool.

 

 

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Sun, August 19 2018 8 Elul 5778