Religious School

Mission Statement

To provide a firm grounding in Torah and tradition for our children so that they will not only be knowledgeable, but also comfortable with all aspect of Jewish life and practice.

Overview

We have a small and warm, yet academically challenging, religious school dedicated to instilling a love of Judaism in our children as articulated in our Mission Statement.  Our low, 6:1, student to teacher ratio insures that each child receives an individualized hands-on education.

Our teachers have many years of experience in Jewish education.  They utilize both time-tested methods of instruction and modern technology to guide their students through the curriculum—curriculum which emphasizes Hebrew and synagogue skills.

Unlike many other schools our students start to learn Hebrew in kindergarten and are able to write in script by the end of first grade.   Our Lower School includes classes from kindergarten to 6th grade. Middle and high school students (grades 7 to 12) enroll in either the lower or upper Rabbi’s Class, respectively.

Lower School

Objectives

  • Prepare our students for the B’nai Mitzvah by providing competency in tefillah and synagogue skills.
  • Develop in our students an understanding and love of Torah and the mitzvot.
  • Pass onto our students Jewish ethics and values.
  • Give our students an understanding of Jewish history and an appreciation of the importance of Israel.

Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to provide our students with the necessary skills and background to be at home in any and all Jewish settings.  Moreover, we hope to instill in our students a basic pride in Judaism and an understanding of the importance of Israel in Jewish life.  Although all of our lessons integrate all aspects of the curriculum (a lesson on any given holiday will include Hebrew vocabulary as well as practices both here and in Israel, for example) there are five basic areas of study:

  • Hebrew
    • Tefilla
    • Conversational for Advanced Classes
    • Torah
    • Living Judaism
      • Synagogue Practice
      • Shabbat and Hagim
      • Life Cycle Customs
      • Mitzvahs and Midot
      • Jewish History
        • World Jewry
        • American Jewry
          • Jewish Diversity
  • Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust
  • Israel

Rabbi’s Classes

Objectives

Enrich our students’ appreciation of Jewish tradition and actively engage them in our history, culture and ethics.

Curriculum

These are seminar style classes in which the Rabbi leads student centered discussions.  Topics vary depending on student interest.

Faculty

Head of School: Rabbi Shawn Zell
Principal: Cheryl Sulski
Faculty Kathleen Hoffman and Estrella Bengio

Class Schedule

K-1 – Sundays – 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

2-6 – Sundays – 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

School Calendar

Click here to see the 2015-2016 school calendar.

Registration & Tuition Schedule

 

Member Non-Member
Registration Fee*
Early Bird (By July 1) $75.00 $150.00
Standard (By August 28) $100.00 $200.00
Late (After August 28) $125.00 $250.00
Tuition
Tuition Grades K-1 $450.00 $810.00
Tuition Grades 2-6 $750.00 $1,410.00
Tuition Rabbi’s Class $350.00 $710.00

*All registration fees are non-refundable and are capped at $200.00 per family for members and $400.00 for non-members.

Download a printable registration form for the Tiferet Israel Religious School.