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 TEMPLE BETH EL
  Augusta, Maine

Yom Shlishi, 3 Tammuz 5777

9:30am            Sundays

We are proud of our Hebrew School, which offers enthusiastic teachers, small class sizes, and a vibrant curriculum. We currently have 30 students, pre-K to grade 7, with three students preparing for bar/bat mitzvah this year. If you are interested in enrolling your child, please download our Hebrew School registration form and our 2016-17 Hebrew School Calendar.

At each Hebrew School session, there are four distinct parts to each student’s learning, all of which are important to helping to raise our children as educated, “menchy” Jews with a strong sense of Jewish identity and community.

1. Social time

All of our students are all minorities in their secular schools, we set aside time for them to spend with other Jewish kids and build a community of Jewish friends and adults. During class, teachers also incorporate activities which help our students get to know one another better and develop friendships.

2. Judaic Content

We want our students to have a broad knowledge of Jewish texts, history, and values. Our youngest students study a different holiday or value every session; our elementary school students work with the Chai curriculum to teach Jewish values. Our b'nai mitzvah students focus on different modules created by our four teachers.

3. Hebrew

Having a basic knowledge of Hebrew helps our students pray in our community and in Jewish communities they encounter for the rest of their lives. We use The Hebrew Primer to master letters, and then students work in books that teach them the meanings behind the prayers as well as basic Hebrew vocabulary and root words.

4. Prayer

Each week we have Circle Time, which is a prayer service that helps to build community and teach students the basic elements of prayer. This is a vital part of our day together. Students learn the prayers by participating actively in Circle Time; parents can help by following along with their children. This is also time to learn the structure of the service and basic prayer choreography (when to sit, stand, and bow). Finally, it is a time to have a group teaching about a Jewish value, a big question, a ritual, and other important topics.