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Our educational program provides opportunities for students of all ages to enhance their Jewish lives, repair the world, and strengthen our community.


It is a very happy moment in the life of a family when their child begins formal religious education in our Religious School program. During a Shabbat service in the fall, all new students in grades K-3 are invited to come before the congregation, stand under a tallit, and receive a miniature Torah scroll for their personal library and use. Then our young people participate in the Torah procession with the Torah scrolls of our congregation.

Early Childhood Programs

PJ Library Tots and Tunes

Mishpacha Moments
This group is parent led and welcomes all 1st – 3rd graders and a responsible adult to engage in fun activities at Temple which may include anything from ga-ga to art to cooking!

Religious School (4K–7)

Our 4K–7th grade school meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and offers diverse and inclusive programming that engages learners in the cycle of Jewish life and values, Torah, social justice, Hebrew, Jewish history, current events, an imaginary trip to Israel, and more.

  • Sessions begin with Song Circle, a joyous community time that parents and siblings are invited to participate in.
  • 7th grade students who have become b’nai mitzvah participate in Mitzvah Core, collaborating on social action projects.
  • With the aid of specialized staff, students with learning differences achieve success in our Jewish learning experience.
  • Each of our grades leads a Shabbat service or special family program to reinforce their classroom learning and build community among families.
  • B’nai mitzvah preparation is a meaningful journey toward Jewish adulthood.

Hebrew School (grades 4–7)

Our Hebrew School meets on Wednesdays from 4:30 pm to 6:15 pm.

Curriculum includes the Hebrew alphabet, prayerbook Hebrew, and preparation for b’nai mitzvah. All sessions end with community time as the entire student body shares in a teachable moment.

  • B’nai Mitzvah Club is for any parent and student who has an assigned bar/bat mitzvah date at TBE near or far away, typically 5th to 7th graders.

  • The B’nai Mitzvah Club for parents is held monthly for three months during Café Panim (Sunday mornings). Parents have the opportunity to learn and discuss topics and concerns relating to their child’s life-cycle event. Our rabbi, cantor, and director of lifelong learning conduct these sessions, and topics range from where to buy monogrammed cocktail napkins to dealing with family dynamics.

  • The B’nai Mitzvah Club for students is held weekly as the last three sessions of Hebrew School. At the B’nai Mitzvah Club, multiage learning comes to life with 7th graders tutoring younger students in their prayers. In addition to prayer review, movie clips with a bar or bat mitzvah theme are shared, and students journal concerns, curiosities, and feelings about becoming b’nai mitzvah. Lastly, the Club has scheduled time for students to ask questions about their upcoming simcha with students who have recently become b’nai mitzvah and/or with clergy or staff members. The B’nai Mitzvah Club has been a proven stress-reducer for parents and students who are uncertain about this life-cycle event.

Madrichim Leadership Training Course (grade 8)

This leadership training curriculum provides continued learning for our 8th graders along with leadership skills that are put to use as they assist in our classrooms. Our 8th graders choose a track they are interested in pursuing that hones in on a current skill or curiosity to build one, from song leading to Hebrew.

Confirmation (grade 10)

The 10th grade year culminates in our confirmation experience, during which students share lessons learned while studying social justice and theology. A service, taking place on the Friday evening prior to the holiday of Shavuot, represents the students’ decision to commit themselves to Jewish learning and a Jewish way of life. Beginning at this age, students’ God beliefs and connections to the Jewish community are in formation, and we celebrate the maturity of thinking that will eventually lead to our students’ identification with the Jewish community. Future confirmands have the opportunity to participate in the Religious Action Center’s L’Taken Social Justice Seminar in Washington, DC.

High School (grades 9–12)

In partnership with Jewish Federation of Madison and Beth Israel Center, we offer our teens an enriching educational program including Hebrew study.

All members of Temple Beth El in 9th through 12th grade are eligible to work as paid teacher assistants (madrichim) in Religious School on Sunday mornings. Students with special skills such as Hebrew, dance, art or music are encouraged to apply in those areas. We also offer service hours if needed for high school credit; please contact the director of lifelong learning to coordinate.

CONTACT Nicole A. Jahr, RJE | | 608-238-3123

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Adult Education

We believe that lifelong thirst for knowledge and critical exploration of topics — be they biblical, or even about aspects of contemporary life — help us to maintain a vital connection to our Judaism, and to each other.

Being Jewish means you learn and do, all your life. Our tradition teaches us the world stands on Torah, Avodah and Gmilut Chasadim; learning, spirituality and social involvement. That is, head, heart and hand.

March 19, 2018 3 Nisan 5778