Religious School

Eitz Chayim
Bearing the Fruit of Reform Jewish Living and Learning!
We are a community committed to nurturing an active, Jewish environment that engages, cultivates and inspires learners of all ages.

Our Eitz Chayim Sunday Program will offer our Kindergarten through Fifth Graders the information and skills to realize Reform Jewish ideals and values in their daily lives. Our project based curriculum will enable our students’ entrée into the continuing study of Jewish texts, history, holidays, life cycle, culture and values. Engaging our children and families through hands-on, experiential learning is a fundamental tenet of our Eitz Chayim philosophy. Our learners will be involved in a curriculum which emphasizes TORAH, AVODAH, G’MILUT HASADIM, ISRAEL and HEBREW and will empower them to lovingly embrace Judaism.

Children will be grouped in mixed-aged classes with a team of Jewish Learning Guides (teachers) and four to six Madrichim (teen aides). Students and Parents in grades Kindergarten through Five will also participate in family education programs, Shabbat Rishon Services, Havdalah programming, youth group events and other special occasions during the year.

It is our hope that our students will:

1) Establish COMMUNITY amongst themselves and the synagogue. This will enable our students to feel comfortable with each other whenever they are together and to create a sense of belonging to the group and to the synagogue.
2) Build a strong JEWISH IDENTITY which compliments their identities as Reform Jewish Americans and has relevance in their lives today.
3) Construct a common foundation of JEWISH KNOWLEDGE.
4) Develop meaningful 21st CENTURY SKILLS which are integrated into their lives.

Hebrew Program
Our Hebrew Program will continue to provide our students with opportunities to engage in Hebrew learning. From “Hebrew through Movement” in the early grades to meaningful prayer experiences and the use of the URJ Mitkadem curriculum in the later grades our children will discover that Hebrew is a living language - the language of our people! Kindergarten through 3rd Grade learners will experience our Hebrew Program during the Sunday Eitz Chayim session. 3rd Graders will have the option of enrolling, for an additional fee, in our midweek program. Children in our 4th - 6th Grades will engage with Hebrew during the mid-week Eitz Chayim Hebrew Program.

Family Education
Parents are their children's most powerful Jewish teachers. When you learn with your children, you are a model for lifelong Jewish learning. Twice a year students in grades K through five will have the opportunity to share an educational experience with their parents. The programs offered by the Religious School are inspirational and stimulating, and give parents a peek into the learning their child engages in throughout the year.

In addition to the Family Education Programs on Sunday mornings, the Religious School brings the grades together for a Shabbat experience. This program includes sharing a community dinner with other families and participating in the Temple's 6:45 p.m. Shabbat Rishon Family Service.

Shoresh (Root) - Grades K & 1
To learn more about the Shoresh program please click here

Gezah (Trunk) - Grades 2 & 3
To learn more about the Gezah program please click here

Anaf (Branch) - Grades 4 & 5
To learn more about the Anaf program please click here

Gesher (Bridge) - Grade 6
To learn more about the Gesher program please click here

Please feel free to call Rabbi Joe Eiduson, at 508-366-7191 or to learn more about our educational programs. We look forward to learning together with you and your family in the years ahead!