Education

Temple Israel of Lawrence Religious School

Curriculum Outline
Our curriculum begins with the actual experiences of our children and adds many important elements of the Jewish heritage that are not present in the experience of average Jewish children in America. The study of Hebrew is an indispensable element in the achievement of this purpose and plays an important part in our course of study.  Above all, our purpose is to stimulate a process of continuous learning which extends beyond the prescribed program of the Religious School and lasts as long as life itself.

Worship
Knowledge

•  Rote mastery of significant blessings and prayers.
•  Understanding of the various blessings and prayers and the basic concepts that they represent.
•  Knowledge of the structure and history of the prayer book.
•  Training in creative worship activities and introduction to less conventional forms of worship.

Attitudes, Practices and Appreciations

•  Positive attitudes toward prayer and worship.
•  Habits of personal prayer and attendance at Services.

The Jewish People
Knowledge

•  Knowledge of Jewish history.
•  Knowledge of the importance of the State of Israel and an understanding of its history, life and problems.

Attitudes, Practices and Appreciations

•  Development of a sense of identification with the Jewish people.
•  An appreciation of Israel’s mission.
•  Active participation in the Jewish community – local, national and international.

Hebrew
Knowledge

•  Ability to read liturgical Hebrew.
•  Familiarity with various common Hebrew terms and expressions.
•  Opportunity for those who have special language potential to fully master the Hebrew language.

Attitudes, Practices and Appreciations

•  Appreciation of the special importance of the Hebrew language in Jewish life and thought.

Ceremonies
Knowledge

•  Familiarity with the Jewish religious calendar.
•  Knowledge and understanding of the history and significance.
•  Of Jewish ceremonial observance.

Attitudes, Practices and Appreciation

•  Habits of ceremonial observance.
•  Ability to conduct and actively participate in religious ceremonies.

Torah
Knowledge

•  Familiarity with the general structure and framework of the Bible.
•  Familiarity with at least the classic elements of Biblical literature: the major Bible stories, the outstanding personalities, selected utterances, etc.

Attitudes, Practices and Appreciation

•  Develop in the students a desire for and a habit of reading the Bible.
•  Appreciation of the Bible as religious inspiration as well as literature.

Temple Israel of Lawrence Upper School Program

Temple Israel is committed to offering high quality learning that allows our teenagers to advance themselves personally and socially. Every year we offer new initiatives to engage our teens, i.e. meaningful programs and exciting experiences.

All of our sessions incorporate group bonding and spiritual connections in fun and engaging ways: sharing a meal, traditional texts, current event discussions and activities concentrated on giving the students a chance to voice their opinions.

Commitment to Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, social action is a central part of our curriculum. Students work together on food, book and toy drives, serve in soup kitchens, and perform in Assisted Living facilities during Chanukah. As part of our experiential education students participate in the leadership program to both assist our Religious School educators and our younger students.

In addition, they lead special services and programs at the Temple.

We look forward to learning with you as we continue to strive for higher levels of achievement. We hope you will share our excitement for a wonderful year of learning ahead.