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Upcoming School Events & Youth Programming

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5:00 pm 08.25.2017 - 6:00 pm 08.26.2017
Aug
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6:00 pm 08.26.2017 - 6:00 pm 08.27.2017
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08.27.2017 11:00 am - 12:00 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.

For more detailed information about our Religious School (including Sunday School and Hebrew School), youth programs, music education, and hadracha program, please check out our detailed Youth Program Explanation Guide

Classroom Learning
Beit Noar curriculum is designed to make Judaism accessible, exciting, meaningful, and fun. The core components of our Beit Noar curriculum include Jewish text (Bible stories), Jewish Values, G’milut Chasidim (Acts of Loving Kindness), sacred time (lifecycle and holidays, rituals, and mitzvot), the land of Israel, God, and Hebrew as the language of our people and our prayers. We draw from multiple curricular sources including Shalom Learning, the iCenter, and much more. Students begin Hebrew School in the 3rd grade.

Community Learning
All Beit Noar families are encouraged to join their students in our weekly Family T’fillah service on Sundays at 11:00am, congregational holidays, and Shabbat celebrations (including First Friday 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 Fall Camp on November 3rd - 5th.

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. Students learn what it means to be a part of the Reform Jewish community and will explore our sacred texts at a deeper level. Through track courses they will also learn about Israel from a historical perspective, Israel through a human behavior perspective, and will participate in tikkun olam (repairing the world) or Hebrew skill strengthening. The organizations and curricula we draw on include Facing History and Ourselves, the I-Center for Israel Education, Makom, Hebrew Union College, and much more. Students continue their Hebrew studies throughout 6th and 7th grade in preparation for their bar/bat mitzvah.

Community Learning
B’yachad students are expected to attend and participate in 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 into 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. In 8th-10th grade, during Religious School, Beit Tichon students take a core curriculum where they are asked to challenge and discuss the fundamental questions of their identity, learn about life and issues in modern-day Israel, and unearth 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, Jewish Ethics of Sex and Relationships, Hot Topics, 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!