Jewish Learning Program (JLP) K-12
TEMPLE B’NAI ABRAHAM JEWISH LEARNING PROGRAM
The Temple B’nai Abraham Jewish Learning Program is dedicated to working jointly with our families to teach all children the skills, knowledge, and values they will need to be life-long learners and committed Jewish adults. We respond to the child’s intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and physical needs. Our program is designed to give our students: 1) a sound foundation of knowledge about Jewish history, literature, customs, ceremonies, and prayers 2) opportunities to explore the spiritual, intellectual, and affective aspects of religion and tradition, and 3) “hands-on” experiences of Jewish life and learning. Our educational program works to foster deep knowledge of and sense of responsibility toward Judaism and a commitment and connection to Jewish life, community and Israel. We seek to provide a safe and sacred space for our children and their families to discover the joys, the values, the knowledge, and the tools of Jewish life and living.
Melissa G. Weiner, Director of Jewish Learning
Melissa G. Weiner
Director of Jewish Learning
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The Primary Experience
Gan–Bet (Kindergarten–2nd grade)
Wednesday or Thursday,
4:00-5:30 PM or 4:00-6:00 PM
Young children easily warm to the beauty of Judaism. While not mandatory, the importance of early education demonstrates that young children quickly absorb and engage in meaningful ways with their faith. We strongly encourage participation in our Primary Experiences. Children of non-members are welcome to participate in the Primary Experience.
The Elementary Experience
Gimel–Hey (Third–Fifth Grades)
Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday,
4:00-5:30 PM or 4:00 -6:00 PM
Offering a unique program for Gimel though Hey classes with a two-day mid-week choice of either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday afternoons. Additionally, students attend a minimum of eight synagogue services throughout the year.
The Middle Grades Experience
Vav (Sixth grade )
Monday/Wednesday or TuesdayThursday,
4:00-5:30 PM or 4:00-6:00 PM
Offering a unique program with a two-day mid-week choice of either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:30 PM or 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Additionally, students attend a minimum of eight synagogue services throughout the year.
The Mechinah Year
As students approach the teenage years, our focus switches to both academic knowledge and community building. Incorporating dinner, learning and informal experiences, the Hey class strikes a balance between formal learning and choice based learning.
Makom: The Teen Experience
Temple B’nai Abraham is excited to announce Makom, a new program for teens, grades 8-12 designed to keep them engaged with the synagogue and the Jewish friendships they have made here. The hope is to also engage their minds in new ways of thinking about Jewish living, community, politics, history and tikkun olam. The program combines the informal learning of Tikkun Olam and BBG/AZA with a more formal structured learning environment.
Program for Special Services: HaMercaz (The Center)
Mercaz, the special services program of The Temple B’nai Abraham Religious School, is a warm, nurturing Jewish learning environment dedicated to children with learning and physical differences in grades K-6, with consideration given to the Bar and Bat Mitzvah process.