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School Schedule & Youth Programming

Feb
26

02.26.2017 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Feb
27

02.27.2017 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Mar
1

03.01.2017 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Temple Beth Shalom believes Jewish Education begins in infancy and continues throughout adulthood, with the best learning happening at the intersections of classroom and community. Our students reach multiple milestones throughout their time with us. We look forward to celebrating these accomplishments with each student from the day they enter Kindergarten through their 12th grade Confirmation. Graduates from our program leave ready to be the next generation of Jewish thinkers and leaders in a world that needs their unique perspectives, dreams, and talents.

Classroom Learning
In these grades curriculum is designed to make Judaism accessible, exciting, meaningful, and fun. The core components of our Beit Noarcurriculum include Jewish text (Bible stories) and Jewish Values,G’milut Chasidim(Acts of Loving Kindness), sacred time (lifecycle and holidays, rituals andmitzvot), modern day Israel, God, and Hebrew as the language of our people and our prayers. Our teachers receive training in multiple curricular sources including Shalom Learning, Chai curriculum from the Union for Reform Judaism and much more.

Community Learning
All Beit Noar families are encouraged to join their students in our weekly FamilyT’fillahservice on Sundays at 11:00am, congregational holiday and Shabbat celebrations throughout the year, and Family Shabbat Services on the first Friday of every month. Beit Noar students are also invited to shul-ins at Temple Beth Shalom and Greene Family Camp year round programming including a 2nd-5th grade retreat on October 4th - 6th.

Classroom Learning
Adolescent years are a critical time for our students to engage in meaningful Jewish learning as they explore their own religious identities and decide how Judaism fits into their increasingly busy lives. The study of Israel from a historical perspective is included in the curriculum, along with the study of the Holocaust through a human behavior perspective. The organizations and curricula we draw on include Facing History and Ourselves , Chai Curriculum, the I-Center for Israel Education, Makom, and much more. In previous years students have been periodically divided into gendered groups in order to discuss what becoming a man or women in the Jewish community means to them.

Community Learning
B’yachad students are expected to attend Family T’filah on Sunday mornings at 11:00am. There they learn the skills of becoming a shaliach tzibur (prayer leader) in our community by leading younger classmates in prayer. B’yachad students can be members of Jr. TABSY, our junior Temple youth group, and are invited to local and regional events. They also participate in Greene Family Camp Year Round programming. Temple Beth Shalom recognizes that many B’yachad students are also in the midst of their B’nai Mitzvah journey and our educators are constantly exploring ways to integrate the skills they are developing in all aspects of their Jewish lives.

Classroom Learning
Beit Tichon completes our students’ Jewish educational journeys as they enter adulthood. The program is designed to help teens understand the wider Jewish world while developing their own Jewish identities by participating in a variety of courses and having the opportunity to mentor younger students through the Madrichim program or track system. In 8th-10th grade, during Religious School, Beit Tichon students take a core curriculum where they learn about life and issues in modern-day Israel, comparative Jewish denominations, and major events over 3000 years of Jewish history. They also select from a number of track offerings, which in the past included classes like Modern Hebrew, Israeli TV, Hot Topics, Jewish Films, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more, with new and different choices for the coming year. In 11th and 12th grades, students participate in classes with our Rabbis twice a month on Sunday afternoons. In these sessions students and our clergy discuss issues ranging from sexuality from a Jewish perspective, theology, and preparation for being a Jewish adult on college campuses and beyond. Completion of the Beit Tichon program leads to Confirmation at the end of 12th grade.

Community Learning
Beit Tichon students participate in community retreats, a spring break trip to NYC, service learning, and leadership development both within our walls and through TABSY, NFTY-TOR, and other teen organizations in Austin.  All Beit Tichon students arrive at 11:00am for Schmear & Schmooze, where teens socialize while noshing on delicious bagels!