During their Judaic Studies classes, children gain the necessary foundation for living as Jews by studying at Temple Emanu-El's Rabbi Joseph and Rosalie Gitin Religious School housed in the state-of-the-art Levin Learning Center. We follow the high-quality curriculum guidelines established by the Union for Reform Judaism. Classroom topics include holidays, customs, history, ethics, values, prayer, Hebrew, current events and Israel. The Rabbi teaches special sessions to each grade throughout the school year. The Cantor’s music program integrates the joy of Jewish song into all of our classrooms. Our art and food justice programs enrich the Religious School curriculum by providing more creative opportunities for students to learn about Judaism.
In Hebrew Studies, children learn to read and write Hebrew with an emphasis on t'fillot (prayers). This gives them the knowledge to participate fully in Shabbat services, holidays, and Jewish life anywhere in the world. Hebrew Studies is a four year program.
Each Hebrew School grade level leads a Friday night Shabbat Family Service during the year. Our third and fourth year students lead a Saturday morning Minyan service as well. Classes meet on Wednesday afternoons and Sunday mornings, and are in addition to, and separate from the Judaic Studies classes.
If you have any questions, please email the School or call (408) 292-3223.