Shorashim & Havurat Torah
(Religious Education K-12)

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 and our Havurat Torah program for learners in grades 7–12 offer an inspiring array of Jewish studies.


Grades K–1, Sundays 9:00–11:30 am
Grades 2–6, Sundays 9:00–11:30 am and Wednesdays or Thursdays 4:00–6:00 pm

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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Havurat Torah

Grades 7–12
Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 pm (dinner included)

Flexible trimesters:

  • Session I (September–November)
  • Session II (December–February)
  • Session III (March–May)

We know how busy teens are, but also how much they crave connection. Our flexible program for learners in grades 7–12 is taught by our outstanding clergy and Director of Learning and Engagement. Here, teens learn from our best, most experienced and talented educators, as they explore their ever-evolving Jewish identity.

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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