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Religious School

Our Mission Statement

Temple Sinai Religious School’s mission is to foster the enduring Jewish identity of our students by weaving Torah values into their modern lives, with an emphasis on family engagement and acts of kindness.


Temple Sinai Religious School, Where Being Jewish Is Fun & Meaningful!

We want our children to develop a proud and positive Jewish identity. We want them to feel a strong sense of belonging, by developing strong friendships in a “learning and doing” community of which they are an important part. We want their self-esteem to grow each time they participate in a social action project, making a difference in the world. We want them to recognize they are utilizing age-old Torah values, still relevant to their 21st century lives. We want them to feel great pride in the amazing story of the Jewish people. We want them to wrestle with God ideas that bring personal meaning to communal prayer. We want them to create happy Jewish memories in family programs with their parents. We want them to express the joy of Jewish life through Jewish music, art, story-telling, role-play and cooking. We want them to learn in social groups, using games, learning stations, debate, media and technology.

If you want the same for your child and family, come join the Temple Sinai family. We would love to have you with us!

Hebrew Home Page

In addition to Religious School on Sundays, all students in grades 4–7 also learn to read Hebrew! 

Facility with the Hebrew language is a foundational skill that helps our children gain familiarity with and ownership of our most essential texts — the siddur (prayer book) and the Torah. It nurtures a sense of belonging and connection to Jewish tradition and the Jewish people, past, present, and future. Hebrew decoding is also a fundamental tool for our students as they prepare to become b'nei mitzvah. 

We are very pleased to offer Hebrew instruction to our Religious School students through an online program called Hebrew Homepage.

HHP is a one-to-one tutoring program that allows each student to learn individually and at their own pace with a dedicated and skilled teacher. HHP also affords a great deal of flexibility to families, with all instruction taking place via Zoom and many options for scheduling. Sessions are 30 minutes each and take place with the same tutor each week for a total of 24 sessions per school year.

K-2 Academy

Sunday morning, 2 hours (9-11am)

  • Young children develop treasured friendships and a strong sense of comfort in the temple as a  second “home.”
  • Join us for “Shabbat b’Yachad” (Shabbat together) monthly, 6pm.
  • Enjoy Shabbat, Holiday, Social Action and Family programming throughout the year

Grade 3

Sunday morning, 2 hours (9-11am)

  • Our 3rd graders set off on a special path leading to Hebrew reading and prayer proficiency and a joyous journey toward Bar/Bat Mitzvah, youth group and teen programming.
  • Join us for “Shabbat b’Yachad” (Shabbat together) monthly, 6pm.
  • Enjoy Shabbat, Holiday, Social Action and Family programming throughout the year

Grades 4 & 5

Jewish Studies: Sunday morning, 2.25 hours (9-11:00am)

  •  Hebrew: a virtual one-on-one 30-minute Hebrew tutorial 1X week, day/time determined by family preference.
  • Jr. Youth Group and Grade 4-6 Retreat experiences; field trip; social action
  • Enjoy Shabbat, Holiday, Social Action and Family programming throughout the year

Grades 6 & 7

Jewish Studies: Sunday morning, 2.25 hours (10:45am-1:00pm)

  • Hebrew: a virtual one-on-one 30-minute Hebrew tutorial 1X week, day/time determined by family preference. Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation with our clergy  begins approximately 6 months prior to the BM date.
  • Jr. Youth Group; Retreat (grade 6); field trips, social action
  • Enjoy Shabbat, Holiday, Social Action and Family programming throughout the year
  • 7th Graders choose to continue into our wonderfully teen-engaging High School program.

Grades 8-12

Sunday morning, 1.5 hours (11:30am-1:00pm)

  • Friendship building
  • Community Service
  • Jews Around the World
  • World Issues through a Jewish lens
  • Israel
  • Reform Judaism Action Center trip
  • Field trips
  • Judaism on campus
  • Personal Jewish beliefs and identity.
  • Sr. Youth Group

View complete school calendar HERE


Please contact Rabbi Shira Gluck, Associate Rabbi and Director of Congregational Learning at rabbigluck@templesinainj.org or (908) 273-4921 x140
 
Please contact Audrey Napchen, Executive Director, with questions about Temple Sinai Membership: audrey@templesinainj.org or (908) 273-4921 X116

 

Wed, November 30 2022 6 Kislev 5783