Introduction and Background
Temple Sinai's combined Religious and Hebrew education program is designed to inspire students to find joy and fulfillment in living Jewishly. Our program provides them with the tools and knowledge (ritual, spiritual, cultural, historical, ethical and textual) that will help them begin to lead Jewish lives, feeling connected to personal practice and the Jewish community. We provide a caring environment and are staffed by dedicated and knowledgeable teachers. Our innovative K-7 curriculum includes family education programming, field trips, retreats, and worship services.
The goal of our Religious School is to teach students about the tapestry of Jewish life. The curriculum includes Jewish history in both the U.S. and Israel, festivals, life-cycle ceremonies, ethical thought, liturgy, music, worship services and current events. Click here for the Religious School Handbook.
Hebrew School begins when a child reaches the fourth grade and continues through seventh grade. The program encompasses reading, writing and conversational Hebrew. Students lead their own weekly worship service, to reinforce their Hebrew studies and develop their familiarity with the prayerbook. Click here for detail.
Kulanu (all together) is the place to be for Jewish teens. Kulanu, a vibrant and close-knit community of Jewish students from different backgrounds, who come together to learn about their rich Jewish tradition. Students in grades 8-12 have the benefit of an excellent curriculum selection, diversity in course offerings taught by superior educators, dynamic special programming, and flexible scheduling. Click here for detail.
Tichon Sinai will help 8th, 9th and 10th grade teens experience joy in Jewish learning, pride in being Jewish, and a commitment to participation in Jewish life. When our teens are connected to Temple Sinai they learn about Jewish life by actively experiencing it! Tichon Sinai combines the best of classroom-based and experiential education in a cohesive program that fosters Jewish identity development and community-building. Click here for details.
Two educational endowment funds support enrichment programs for our religious school. In addition, the Arthur Palley Award is given annually to recognize significant community service performed by our high school students.
Senior Youth Group, for our high school students, participates in community service, social and recreational activities. In the past, the members have organized the Purim Carnival for our younger students, sponsored a bake sale and held a Shul-ln.
College Students are important to us and we have made it a priority to keep in touch with them. At holidays, like Chanukah and Passover, they receive appropriate packages to help them celebrate while they are away from home. At other times of the year, they may receive a "care" package from us, just to let them know we are thinking of them.
Adult Education classes encourage lifelong learning at Temple Sinai. Rabbi Jay TelRav, Director of Education Melissa Cohavi and other qualified professionals conduct a wide variety of programs, workshops and seminars, including an adult B'nai Mitzvah class.
Interfaith Programs have been growing in popularity. Meetings with the Rabbi are held at a member's home to discuss issues of common concern, such as the "December Dilemma," child rearing, and in-laws. We are sensitive to the backgrounds and needs of each family.