Reed Religious School

Temple Israel of Lawrence

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.



 Rote mastery of significant blessings and prayers.

 Understanding of the various blessings and prayers and the basic concepts that they


 Knowledge of the structure and history of the prayer book.

 Training in creative worship activities and introduction to less conventional forms of


Attitudes, Practices and Appreciations

 Positive attitudes toward prayer and worship.

 Habits of personal prayer and attendance at Services

The Jewish People


 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.



 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


Attitudes, Practices and Appreciations

 Appreciation of the special importance of the Hebrew language in Jewish life and




 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.



 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.