Shorashim, Gesher, & Limmud
Experiential Jewish Education K-12th Grade

Creating a community of Jewishly engaged lifelong learners is the goal of our synagogue-based education for children in kindergarten through high school.

We offer an experiential model of education, which allows each learner to explore and discover meaning, personal relevance, and truths in our Jewish tradition and thought. Our curriculum focuses on Hebrew language, Torah study, prayer literacy, holiday celebrations, Jewish values, learning about Israel’s history and culture, and more.

Our clergy and team of educators are trained to work with learners with a spectrum of learning differences. We provide flexible learning spaces, use assistive technology, offer calm/quiet zones with sensory tools, and accommodate food allergies.

Open to all, our Shorashim program for learners in grades K–6, Gesher for 7th grade and Limmud for teens in 8th-12th grade offer an inspiring array of Jewish studies. For more information about any of our educational offerings, please be in touch with Mara Braunfeld, Director of Learning and Engagement,  at m.braunfeld@templeisraelcenter.org.

Shorashim

Grades K–1, Sunday mornings

Grades 2–6, Sunday mornings and Wednesday or Thursday afternoon

Individual or small group Hebrew sessions on a personalized schedule

Shorashim or “roots” is the name of our religious school, and we believe that Jewish education is a lifelong journey rooted in Torah and Jewish values that are meaningful, dynamic, and inspiring. Shorashim is a word that encapsulates the dreams we have for our learners: roots anchor and strengthen, adapt and spread, are vital to survival, have depth, prevent erosion, and provide foundation and stability.

Through curated experiences, our learners develop a strong Jewish identity through meaningful learning that connects them to their own personal Jewish roots and to Jewish history. Just as knowing our roots tell us where we come from and what we are made of, they also tell us that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Join our inclusive program for children in kindergarten through grade 6 that fosters a love of Judaism through positive relationships, joyful learning, questioning, and critical thinking.

Being a community of learners extends to our families as well, and you are invited to participate in the many community events that Temple Israel Center has to offer.

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Gesher (7th grade) & Limmud (8th-12th grade)

Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 pm

We all join together for dinner from 6:30-7:00 pm to socialize and connect in a relaxed environment, and then enjoy specialized programming from 7:00-8:00 pm each week.

Gesher or “bridge” is our brand new 7th grade program that enables learners to deepen connections with friends as they build a bridge to Jewish learning as teens, exploring Judaism through a whole new lens.

Gesher highlights include:

  • Taught by our Cantor, Rabbi Shoshi Levin Goldberg, and other TIC Clergy and Educators
  • Explore your Jewish identity the way you want to
  • Learn Tefillot with a focus on meaning and relevance of prayers
  • Mini-series on topics chosen by YOU!

Limmud or “learning” provides all 8th-12th graders meaningful and relevant Jewish learning opportunities weekly with peers. Building on our value of lifelong learning at TIC, Limmud is a place for teens to explore their Jewish identities and learn alongside one another. Here, teens have a say in their Jewish educational journey, with the support of the TIC Clergy and Educators.

Limmud features:

  • Program rotation of creative Jewsh electives, grade-based programming, and “lounge nights” planned by TIC teens
  • Deep connections with TIC clergy and educators (Adam Bender, Mara Braunfeld, Rabbi Adir Yolkut, and Rabbi Annie Tucker) who are the primary facilitators for electives and grade-based programming

In addition, teens have a variety of opportunities to contribute and connect through:

  • Leadership — Become one of our madrikhim (teen assistants) for Shorashim and help younger learners! Madrikhim can opt to be paid for their work or use hours toward community service credit.
  • Shabbat participation — Read Torah or participate in Shabbat services in the Milstein Sanctuary or in the Havurah Minyan, help with Youth Shabbat Services, serve as a “Shabat buddy” to assist/support a younger child.
  • Connection — Take advantage of the many opportunities to participate in teen events, including USY, community service projects, and larger community events/celebrations.

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