Under the guidance of Director of Congregational Learning, Me'ir Sherer, Temple Emunah provides educational opportunities for children and teens of the synagogue.
Temple Emunah hosts a kindergarten through twelfth grade Religious School for children and teens attending secular school. Children in Gan (kindergarten) through Kitah Zayin (seventh grade) attend our Kindergarten through Seventh Grade program. Children in Kitah Het (eighth grade) through Kitah Yud Bet (twelfth grade) continue with us and attend YAD (Y’mei Dalet), our Wednesday night program, Prozdor, which meets on Sundays, or a combination of the two.
The focus of our programs is on the whole Jewish child and/or teen, preparing him/her to be an engaged participant in Jewish life. To this end, we provide opportunities to: learn Hebrew, which will be used to participate in and lead services; learn Jewish Culture, including Israeli Folk Dancing, Jewish and Israeli Song, to study Jewish history, to learn about and engage with the modern State of Israel, and to learn about and celebrate Jewish holidays.
Temple Emunah's Religious School strives to create a nurturing atmosphere where children, teens and their families deepen their commitment to Jewish learning and living. Through rich experiences in formal and informal settings our students will develop confident Jewish identities and build a foundation for life-long learning and dedication to the Jewish community locally, in Israel and around the world.
There are also many opportuities for children and teens of our community, who attend Jewish day school, to engage alongside our children and teens attending our congregational schools. We run minyanim for children in grades 2 through 12: Mini-Minyan (grades 1 through 3), Junior Cong (grades 4 through 6) and Teen Minyan (grades 7 through 12). Mini-Minyan and Junior Cong are usually followed by K.N.I.S.H. There are Shul-Ins for children in grades three and four, and children in grades five and six, and our Religious School Retreat for children in grades 4 through 7.
All children in kindergarten through sixth grade are encouraged to take Temple Emunah's Communal Jewish Experience challenge. Children in grades three through twelve also invited to participate in any of the programs of TEY (Temple Emunah Youth).
for more INFORMATION:
Me'ir Sherer, Director of Congregational Learning
Laura Jarbeau, Vice President of Education
The Billy Dalwin Pre-School of Temple Emunah is a Jewish preschool affiliated with Temple Emunah of Lexington, a member of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. The Pre-School, open since 1990, serves children of Temple Emunah members and the larger community. A Board of Directors made up of Temple members and Pre-School parents run the preschool. Our teachers are professionals trained in early childhood education, special education, and related fields.