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Mission Statement

  • We understand that Religious School is a long term investment in the legacy of your Jewish family. This cannot be measured in charts and tables, or prayers memorized and recited, but rather, in the hearts of our students and in the Jewish life of their families.
  • We aim to use the rich and beautiful history and culture of our people to foster a sense of community and belonging.
  • We strive to raise young Jewish students who are excited to keep learning and who can’t fathom their lives separately from their Jewish identity.
  • We hope to instill an understanding that kindness, patience, grace, and service to others is living Jewishly and that they will lead the next era of synagogue life in America.
  • We work tirelessly to ensure that our school is a safe place for our children, so that when they are in need they will find meaning, hope, trust and love in our holy community.
 

Curriculum Focus - Grades K-6

Kindergarten
Students learn about holidays, Torah stories and Hebrew through movement. The curriculum will incorporate storytelling, dramatic play, art projects, music and more!
 
Kindergarten Jewish Family Journeys (JFJ)
Our Kindergarten track also has regular combined family programming that brings students and parents together to form a unique community experience. Whether the family’s aim is to meet new people, they never had the chance to attend religious school, there is a non-Jewish parent, or they feel it’s a good time for a refresher course, JFJ is perfect way to meet these aims.
 
First Grade
Students begin their ethical journeys by exploring and practicing the Mitzvot (Commandments) and Middot (Jewish Values) that form the core of Jewish living. The classes will be enhanced with games, stories, projects, Hebrew through movement and more!
 
Second Grade
The 2nd grade curriculum is built around 5 big Jewish ideas. Through project based learning, these big ideas help to develop resilience and strength in the students and help them to see that when things are hard, they have the tools to overcome challenges. Second grade students will also begin exploring the Hebrew alphabet and learning to recognize Hebrew letters and vowels.
 
Third Grade 
The 3rd grade curriculum introduces the Torah stories of Genesis and Exodus. It also incorporates the values and characteristics of our early Jewish role models using drama, art and games. Students experience Jewish holidays through projects during the year. Students also begin Hebrew reading skill development in small group Hebrew sessions.
 
Fourth Grade
Students explore the land, people and modern State of Israel. They build their own personal relationship with Israel through biblical, geographical, and historical connections. Classes will be paired with an Israeli classroom for project exchanges and online interactive dialogues with Israeli students. Students continue to build Hebrew prayer reading skills in small group Hebrew sessions.
 
Fifth Grade
Students develop a deeper understanding of Jewish holidays and the Jewish calendar.  They will explore the Jewish lifecycle, from birth to death and in between, through project based learning including a mock wedding, and possibly a visit to a Mikvah and a funeral home. 
Students continue to build their Hebrew reading and prayer skills in small group Hebrew sessions.
 
Sixth Grade
Students will explore Torah stories and the character traits of our biblical ancestors to respond to their own questions about what being Jewish means to them today. They will also engage with the story of TNT and the people who made that story happen and continue to make the story happen today. Additionally, they will participate in the B’nei Mitzvah program of Moving Traditions. Our sixth grade students will work in small groups to hone their Hebrew, prayer, and chanting skills in preparation for b’nei mitzvah and will be expected to do 15 minutes of Hebrew homework each week in 5 minute increments 3 times each week. Students will focus on prayer leadership skills gaining the confidence to lead worship.
 

Tuition (School Year 2024-2025)

Religious School participation requires Temple Ner Tamid membership. For more information please visit our Membership page.
Financial assistance for dues is available. 
 
Pre-K (2.5 hours 1/month): Free for TNT Members $800 for Non-Members 
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade (2.5 hours of Judaic education on Sunday mornings): $1,200
 
3rd Grade - 6th Grade (2.5 hours of Judaic education on Sunday mornings and about an 1 hour of Hebrew instruction on Wednesday afternoons): $1,575
 
7th Grade (2 hours of Judaic education on Wednesday evenings and family programming): $1,575
 
8th Grade - 9th Grade (2 hours of Judaic education on Wednesday evenings): $1,200
 
10th Grade - 12th Grade (90 minutes of Judaic education on Wednesday evenings and group trip options): $1,200
 
Dinner is provided for Grades 7-12 at a cost on Wednesday evenings - registration will be available in the fall
 
 

Jewish Family Journeys

What is Jewish Family Journeys?

Jewish Family Journeys (JFJ) is our family education track at Temple Ner Tamid. Created over ten years ago in response to the expressed needs of some new and young families, JFJ is the perfect route for families to take who are just beginning their trek into Jewish education. The goals of JFJ are simple: to both provide a new and different educational experience, and to create community.
 
JFJ not only educates our students, but also provides parallel programming for parents that teaches about Judaism and tradition and how to bring both into your homes and everyday lives. Our Kindergarten track also has regular combined family programming that brings students and parents together to form a unique community experience. Whether your aim is to meet new people, you never had the chance to attend religious school yourself, you are a non-Jewish parent, or you simply feel it’s a good time for a refresher-course, JFJ is perfect for you!
 
JFJ is ideal for parents who want to: 
  • Be part of a small community of peers within the larger temple community
  • Spend time learning with people with a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Acquire or enhance their knowledge of the Jewish holidays, history, spirituality, prayer, Israel and other important Jewish topics
  • Feel more connected to the temple
JFJ Meeting Dates 2023-2024
 
 

Religious School Faculty 2023-2024

Megan Gottlieb
Kindergarten

Nick Hom
Kindergarten

Eliana Sapin
Kindergarten
 


Vanny Espinal
Grade 1


Hannah Michelson
Grade 1


Fara Poch
Grade 2


Liz Samuel
Grade 2
 

Judy Jaffe
Grade 3, Hebrew, Grade 7

Gabi Levin
Grade 3, Hebrew, Grade 9

Lucy Segal
Grade 3
 

Jared Hoffman
Grade 4, Grade 7

Ziv Zamechek
Grade 4

Helaine Rosen
Grade 5, Hebrew

Malki Sinensky
Grade 5, Hebrew, Grade 7
 

Melanie Robbins
Grade 6

Avi Slivko
Grade 6, Grade 11

Zohar Katsav
Grade 3 Hebrew

Pamela Saffer
Grade 3 Hebrew
 

Carla Shaw
Grade 3 Hebrew

Drake Glass
Grade 4 Hebrew

Lisa Lisser
Grade 4 Hebrew

Aaron Barthold
Grade 4 Hebrew, Grade 8
 

Rabbi Alisa Danon
Grade 5 Hebrew

David Savitt
Grades 4, 6 Hebrew

Adam Daniel
Grade 6 Hebrew

Jill Kimelman
Grade 6 & Intro to Hebrew
 

Student Rabbi James Feder
Grade 8

Rabbi Marc Katz
Grade 10 Confirmation

Rick Abrams
Grade 12
 
Mon, April 22 2024 14 Nisan 5784