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Mission & Goals

Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide an education to our students in Judaism - its history, writings, language, liturgy (order of prayers), practices, culture, values and beliefs, in a safe, inclusive environment that promotes a positive Jewish identity, a desire for lifelong learning, and a means to connect to the larger Jewish community of the past, present and future.

Goals: We strive to provide both knowledge and inspiration to our students so, throughout their lives, they: ♦Have a positive Jewish identity, ♦ Study Torah, ♦ Study Ivrit (Hebrew), ♦ Celebrate Jewish holidays and Jewish lifecycle events, ♦ Pray, ♦ Pursue social justice and perform acts of loving kindness, ♦ Connect with the larger Jewish community through synagogue life and Jewish organizations, ♦ Practice acceptance of others who are different from us, ♦ Support Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, ♦ Develop literate Jews.

Religious School Calendar

Curriculum & Class Descriptions

We use the CHAI curriculum.

The CHAI Curriculum is an educational system for Reform congregational schools focused on the values of Torah, Avodah and G'milut Chasadim. The curriculum highlights the most important concepts and values of Jewish life. Each grade level (1-7) learns key lessons through the components of Torah, Avodah, and G’milut Chasadim.

Food Policy

For the 2023-2024 snacks may be requested by the Prek-3rd grade teacher. Please be sure that these are nut free. The teacher will inform you if there is a necessity for a gluten free option.

This does not apply to the Gesher L’Kesher Brown Bag Dinner Program on Tuesday nights. The Gesher L’Kesher students must adhere to social distancing guidelines and will be closely monitored by staff. Brown bag dinners must follow both the nut and kosher style guidelines below:

Kosher Style

In keeping with the dietary guidelines set forth by the temple, all meals and snacks eaten in the temple and classrooms are Kosher style. This means at no time will shellfish or pork be permitted. Additionally, students will not be permitted to eat milk and meat products together at the same meal. (Example: Deli meal - Deli sandwich (no cheese), potato chips and a fruit - Dairy Meal- Vegetable salad, cheese stick and crackers)

Nut-Free School Policy

Our school community has made a commitment to follow nut-free guidelines for the safety and health of all our students. We need each student, teacher, and parent to help us make our Religious School a safer place for kids who have food allergies.

What Nut-Free Means at Beth Tikvah’s Religious School

NO

  • outside food with nuts
  • peanut butter
  • granola bars, snacks, candy or treats with nuts
  • packaged foods with labels that read “may contain traces of tree nuts”
  • packaged foods with labels that read “produced in a facility where tree nuts may be present”

YES

  • all kinds of sandwiches that don’t have nuts
  • soy butter, sun butter, and non-nut butter
  • packaged foods with labels that do not have nuts listed in the ingredients

Drop-off & Pick-up Policy

  • For Drop Off: Parents of Prek-3rd graders are welcome to walk children into the building where they will be greeted by a staff member.
  • For Pick Up: Parents may wait in the entryway until dismissal

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Religious School Handbook

Link to Religious School Handbook - including expectations and policies

Tue, June 25 2024 19 Sivan 5784