Welcome to Temple B’nai Abraham Jewish Learning Program

Club TBA Culinary Kids Challah Baking Fun!

Members of Club TBA Culinary Kids Adventures of The Jewish Learning Program of Temple B’nai Abraham baked personal size challahs. The children kneaded and braided the dough to create their own challah.

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Third Grade Consecration Service 2019

Temple B’nai Abraham’s Jewish Learning Program  (grades K-12), in the Louis and Emily Slater Youth and Education Center, in Livingston, recently welcomed the Kitah Gimel  (third grade) students to their formal study of Judaism at a Third Grade Class Consecration ceremony during an Shabbat Service at the Temple.


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Our Jewish Makerspace, utilizes Jewish concepts, technology, and hands-on materials for Project-Based Learning to allow the children to ask and answer Jewish questions of importance to them and our community.

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Welcome to Temple B’nai Abraham Jewish Learning Program

We are a vibrant and joyful center of Jewish life and learning.The laughter and kehillah (community) of our children is perhaps our brightest and most precious jewel.


Jewish Learning Program (JLP) K-12

 Dear JLP Families,
We know it isn’t easy at home! We know the worry over summer camp. While we can’t change the world,  The JLP is hoping we can give you a few hours off and engage your kids! All programs are FREE to JLP families and will continue throughout the summer! There is even a FREE adult Hebrew class! Join us. All RSVPs to Brenda needed asap!
Hope you can join us!
Morah Melissa
Melissa Gettinger Weiner
Director of Jewish Learning

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Letter from Morah Melissa

Summer 2020

Dear Families,

While I am aware of the challenges we have been facing the last days and weeks, I also believe that we can imagine how amazing it will be when we are able to resume our daily lives, form new connections and watch our children learn and grow among friends. The future may be uncertain, but the desire to give our children normalcy and opportunities is still very much a priority.  To that end, we are beginning the Jewish Learning Program registration for the 2020-2021 school year. Our hope is that our warm and wonderful program will be running normally in September, but we are developing contingency plans to continue to provide our children with the Jewish learning and connections they so richly deserve.

The JLP will follow the guidelines put forth by the CDC and the State of NJ, while being guided by Jewish values. This may mean temporary modifications to our schedule. This may include staggered sessions, online learning or changes to the function and capacity of our building. I can assure you that every child will still receive small group Hebrew instruction and a creative and interesting Judaic curriculum. While I understand you may have reservations to commit to the unknown, please register ASAP so I can adequately staff the program and ensure the program can take place.  The synagogue has working on a three-phase plan: Fully Open School, Hybrid Open School and Fully On Line School. Within these plans, the synagogue is consulting with a task force of medical, economic, and public health officials. You may contact me with any specific questions. Read more>>

Educational Programs

Please click on “Read more” below for additional information, or contact Meilssa G. Weiner, Director of  Jewish Learning, or call 973.994.3950, for an appointment to visit our excellent educational programs.


Gan: Kindergarten   Aleph: 1st Grade  Bet: 2nd grade

Monday or Tuesdays, 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 Kindergarten,First & Second grades.


Gimel: Third Grade   Dalet: Fourth Grade  Hey: Fifth Grade  Vav: Sixth Grade

Mondays or Tuesdays, 4:00 -5:30 PM or 4:00-6:00 PM
Our elementary students spend their year in two primary ways. The first is our Shoreshim, or roots days. These days are meant to build strong knowledge about, and connections to, Judaism, while building community and friendships. Each week, students experiences core, grade level curriculum through hands-on, tactile and creative settings. All grades experience music, art, Jewish Makerspace, dance, modern Hebrew,prayer skills and Israel in creative and experiential ways. Specialists bring a variety of movement and hands-on activities each session.


Gimel: Third Grade   Dalet: Fourth Grade  Hey: Fifth Grade  Vav: Sixth Grade

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
Hebrew links us with more than 3,000 years of identity as a distinct people. Even after we dispersed throughout the world without our own land or government, our use of Hebrew as the language of Torah and prayer united all Jews as one people. We teach Hebrew to continue this link – across time and space –– in worship and study. With that in mind, the JLP at TBA is excited to announce a new opportunity for our families. After four years of studying trends and growth in our students, the Board of Education and the Professional Staff determined that our children learn Hebrew best in small, individualized learning groups. Mercaz Ivrit grouping will meet once a week for 45 minutes. Classes will be limited to 5-6 students. We are proud that this program supports our belief that all children reach developmental skills at their own pace. Small groupings allow each child significant attention which will guide not only their Hebrew success, but also their emotional well-being. Our overall goal for each of our children is success with maximum and compassionate support! Group times are scheduled during registration.

Mechinah: Seventh Grade at TBA

Mondays, 4:00-5:30 PM or Tuesdays, 5:45-7:15 PM
Mechinah is the Hebrew word for preparation. The seventh grade year is really about preparation and a new beginning. Students are preparing to become Jewish adults, and with that comes the responsibility of thinking and feeling like a Jewish adult. The Mechinah Year is designed to help our young teens understand that Bar or Bat Mitzvah is not a culmination, but rather a launching pad for their Jewish life. Enrollment and completion of the seventh grade year is required to have your B’nai Mitzvah at Temple B’nai Abraham.

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.

The JLP is virtual! Stay safe and well!

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