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Religious school offers the study of substantive curricular areas spanning a variety of topics. With thousands of years of history and culture to cover our goal first and foremost is to make a topic engaging, active and relevant to real life as possible. Our curriculum changes year to year in order to best fit the needs of the students, the expertise of the teachers and the world around us. In addition, all children participate in a worship service each time we meet, so they are able to explore issues of theology, prayer vocabulary and hopefully their own spiritual lives.

Kindergarten through 2nd grade:

  • Exploration of oral and aural Hebrew, Jewish holidays, values and introduction to Torah.
  • Meet Sunday mornings 9:30am to 11:30am
  • T’filah service is 9:30 - 10:00; parents encouraged to join the service.
  • Optional: Children’s Choir, most Sundays, 11:30am to 11:50am. In addition to classroom learning, students have the opportunity to visit the children’s Rabbi Dudley Weinberg Library every week and check out books, and listen to stories.

3rd through 6th grade:

  • Hebrew decoding through text books begins in 3rd grade. Hebrew and Jewish studies take place every class meeting. Hebrew focuses on prayer while Jewish studies classes emphasize meaning and use of prayer. Grade topics include: Israel, Tanakh, and Modern Jewish History with an emphasis on American Reform Judaism.
  • Sunday mornings 9:30am to 11:30am
    T’filah service is 11:00 - 11:30; parents encouraged to join the service.
  • Wednesday afternoons 4:20pm to 6:20 pm
    -T’filah service 4:20 - 4:50

Students are strongly encouraged to attend Shabbat and Holiday Services with their families in order to practice their developing skills. In addition, students in Grade 6 (Dalet) focus on the Shabbat morning service as well as Torah and Haftarah trope (cantillation) with Cantor Barash, along Judaic studies.

In addition, as our studies build toward B’nei Mitzvah a series of Shabbatonim beginning in 4th grade will help families understand, prepare and bond with one another before this big moment. Dates will be given out at the 4th grade Shabbaton, Parshiot will be given out at 5th grade Shabbaton and nitty gritty details for the day will be discussed at the 6th grade Shabbaton. Check the Religious School calendar for these dates.

 

7th grade:

  • Sundays mornings 9:30am to 11:30am
  • T’filah service is 11 to 11:30 with 3rd - 6th graders..
  • Our 7th graders meet once per week as they prepare for and become Bar/Bat Mitzvah. This allows them the time necessary to meet with Cantor Barash weekly as they prepare.

8th - 9th Grades:

  • Sunday Mornings 9:30 - 11:30
  • Our 8th and 9th graders begin to give back to our community by serving as Madrichim in our religious school for the first 90 minutes of Sunday School. In the second part of the day they gather to study Jewish leadership and education through a Jewish lens in order to enhance their work in the classrooms.

Kabbalat Torah: 10th grade:

  • Kabbalat Torah means “receiving Torah.”
  • Our tenth graders meet weekly with Rabbi Berkson to discuss philosophy, current events and prepare to lead our annual Kabbalat Torah service in which they take responsibility and ownership over their own religious practice in a more mature way. Each year students also have the opportunity to travel together (most recently to New York) to explore the American Jewish experience.

Additional Fees

  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah Fee – A Bar/Bat Mitzvah fee, which offsets the costs of the individual Bar/Bat Mitzvah training and related materials, will be posted to your CEEBJ account one year prior to your child’s scheduled date. This fee must be paid in full prior to the date of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
  • Grade 10 Kabbalat Torah Fee – There will be a separate fee to cover the costs of the Kabbalat Torah service, reception, flowers, photographs, etc. In addition, a class trip may be planned, at an additional fee. The cost of the trip can be offset by fundraising, should the class decide to do so.

Passport To Israel

Attention parents: Consider this amazing program that matches your savings with contributions from CEEBJ and Milwaukee Jewish Federation to enable kids to go on a peer-group Israel trip as teens or young adults.

 

Special needs? We’d love to help!

At Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, we are committed to accommodating the learning needs of every child in our program. Our teachers receive training and assistance in adapting lessons for all learning styles. If we are unable to meet your needs for any reason we will do are best to find other accommodations. Please contact Director of Lifelong Learning to discuss your child’s special needs.

Need more information?

For more information, contact Susan Cosden, Director of Lifelong Learning, at 414-228-7545 or  scosden@ceebj.org.

Mon, October 21 2019 22 Tishrei 5780