Rosenberg Religious School: Grades K-7
Welcome to Temple Beth Orr Religious School! We are thrilled to have you here and invite you to join us on a journey of spiritual growth and discovery. Our school is a place where students are valued for who they are and encouraged to explore their faith with open minds and hearts.
Our team of dedicated educators is committed to providing a safe and nurturing learning environment where students can reach their full potential and discover their unique gifts.
Our curriculum is designed to impart not only the basics of Judaism, but also to foster connections to the synagogue, the broader Jewish community and our neighbors throughout the area. We instill an understanding that Jewish learning leads to Jewish living.
Temple Beth Orr offers a model that will engage each family as a learning unit. Grades K-7 students meet on Sundays throughout the school year, combined with occasional family ventures. We believe that families that learn and volunteer together as part of a Jewish community will continue to create tangible Jewish connections throughout their lifetime.
At our school, we believe that every student has a special place in our community, and we strive to create a supportive and inclusive environment where every student feels welcome and valued. We look forward to sharing our love of learning and faith with you, and are excited to welcome you to our family.
K/1 students get acquainted with Jewish symbols seen in the synagogue and their homes. Students learn that Jewish artifacts are more than just decoration or art pieces; they encompass Jewish traditions, rituals and values. Students will learn about Jewish holidays, the different symbols and rituals for the holidays. Music, songs and Blessings are part of this fun curriculum; all with hands-on learning.
Students are learning to sing/recite simple Prayers for Friday Services. Emphasis is placed on Jewish values and caring for our community. We incorporate Hebrew dance and art projects into their mornings. Throughout the year, students will learn to identify ways they can practice mitzvoth and incorporate them into our daily life. By the end of the year, students are able to recognize Hebrew letters. Teachers use innovative ways and tools to bring the letters and values to life.
During this year, our students will delve into Torah and into a journey of chosen Biblical stories. Throughout the exploration of these stories, our students will have a better understanding of past Biblical characters. Students will further identify Hebrew as the language of the Jewish people with additional exposure to Hebrew letters and vowels. Decoding the Hebrew language is easier than most people think. Hints for Hebrew letters and vowels specifically tailored to meet the needs of Temple Beth Orr Religious School students were developed by our newly appointed Religious School Director and will be implemented into each of the classrooms. Success rate will soar, guaranteed!
The State of Israel, our Homeland, is one of our main topics to learn. We take great pride in exploring “Eretz Yisrael”, its people, its cities, its culture and its history. We will learn Israeli dance, taste Israeli food, learn conversational Hebrew (small simple conversations), and create our own culture of Israel within our classrooms. As our Hebrew reading is on point, our t’felah (Prayers) has become stronger and we are more confident in chanting them now. We enter pre-teen years with a yearning to learn more about ourselves and how we, as Jewish people, relate to our current world.
The 7th Grade curriculum will include the following subjects. The first, entitled “Jewish History – The Modern Jewish Experience," introduces students to the history, beliefs, and lifestyle of the Jews of Eastern Europe and its virtual destruction, anti-Semitism, and the onset of the Holocaust. Another crucial part of this grade will be “Jewish Ethics." The students discuss a wide range of topics from current events to medical ethics as well as bullying, self-esteem, and making wise choices. This is an interactive component that makes the student think and decide where they might stand on some of today’s current issues. A weekly communication is sent home so that dialogue can continue with their parents. The students will have a session with the rabbi each week who will work with them on prayer book Hebrew, bimah and service-leading skills, and basic Jewish literacy related to their becoming Jewish religious adults (B'nai Mitzvah).