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Our students find their Jewish voices here; they take ownership of their learning and Jewish identity through remote and in-person learning opportunities.

To register: 

  • Log in using the link on the upper right-hand corner of this page.
  • After logging in, click the “Welcome (your name)” button in the upper right-hand corner and then click My Account. 
  • Find the “Start School Enrollment” badge in the Family section of the page. 
  • For each child you are registering, select the grade for the 2021–22 school year. 
  • Click the Religious School and Hebrew School course check boxes under each child to register. (Note:Hebrew School has some schedule options to consider - Please refer to Hebrew School Options for more information).
  • When you have selected all the courses, click the “Continue” button at the bottom of the page. 
  • Please fill out all required fields on the school enrollment form. 


If you need any help with registration, please contact Kathleen O'Connell, lifelong learning coordinator, at kathleen@tbemadison.org.
 
TBE is committed to following COVID-19 safety protocols as determined by our Staying Safe in Changing Times task force. As we plan for in-person programming, our current protocols are subject to change and are currently as follows: 

  • Masks are required for everyone age 2 and older while in the building regardless of vaccination status. If a mask cannot be worn, please communicate with Nicole.  
  • All classes will have 3 feet of distance between students and faculty at all times. 
  • Juice and challah will be served for snack, and all students and faculty will be required to wash their hands before and after snack. 

Stay tuned for more information regarding the structure of the school day, school handbook, and school calendar in upcoming emails.  
 
If you have any questions, concerns, or curiosities about this school year, please contact Nicole A. Jahr, RJE, director of lifelong learning, at learn@tbemadison.org.

2021-2022 School Handbook

2021-2022 Religious School and Hebrew School Calendar

Information for current Religious School families

Consecration

The consecration ceremony marks the happy moment when a child begins formal education in our Religious School program. New students from 4K through 3rd grade are invited to participate in this ceremony.
 

Religious School (4K–7th grade)

Our Religious School for 4K meets on Sunday mornings from 9:15 am to 11:30 am, and K to 7th grade meets on Sunday mornings from 9:15 am to 11:45 am. We offer diverse and inclusive programming that engages learners in the Jewish life cycle and values, Torah, social justice, Hebrew, Jewish history, current events, an imaginary trip to Israel, and more.

Each session begins with school-wide Song Circle, a joyous community gathering. Parents and siblings are welcome to participate.

Four times per year, sessions extend until noon. On these days, students and teachers gather for a schoolwide t’filah (prayer service) as part of the Religious School curriculum, designed to familiarize students with the elements and melodies of our services. Parents and families are invited to join us for this joyous, informal worship service.

Each grade leads a Shabbat service or special family program during the school year to reinforce their classroom learning and build community among families. Students in 7th grade, after becoming b’nai mitzvah, remain engaged by collaborating on social action projects in our Mitzvah Core.

Students who are neurodivergent or have learning differences achieve success in our Jewish learning experience. Staff are available to assist, and we welcome the opportunity to discuss your child’s learning needs with our dedicated inclusion specialist. Start here to begin the conversation with our director of lifelong learning.

For more information, please contact director of lifelong learning Nicole A. Jahr, RJE, or the lifelong learning coordinator.
 

Hebrew School (4th–7th grade)

Our Hebrew School meets on Wednesdays from 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm.

The curriculum includes the Hebrew aleph-bet, prayerbook Hebrew, and preparation for b’nai  mitzvah. All sessions end with community time, when the entire student body gathers to share learning experiences and gain insights from fellow students and teachers.
 

B’nai Mitzvah Preparation

B’nai mitzvah preparation is a meaningful journey toward Jewish adulthood. The simcha (joyous event) of b’nai mitzvah gives our students an opportunity to learn more about the meaning of Judaism in their lives, to recall major Jewish experiences, and to project their future Jewish involvement.

Hebrew prayers are taught in Hebrew School and Religious School. Students work with the rabbi, the cantor, their Religious School teacher, and a b’nai mitzvah tutor in the six months before their simcha to study their Torah portion and prepare their d’var Torah or personal prayer. We make personalized adjustments for every b’nai mitzvah student so that they can participate in a service based on their unique abilities and talents.

We also periodically offer an adult b’nai mitzvah class.
 

B’nai Mitzvah Clubs

Our B’nai Mitzvah Clubs are a proven stress-reducer for parents and students (typically 5th–7th graders) preparing for b’nai mitzvah ceremonies.

The B’nai Mitzvah Club for parents consists of three monthly sessions during Café Panim on Sunday mornings, with topics ranging from celebration planning to family dynamics.

The B’nai Mitzvah Club for students is offered as the last three sessions of Hebrew School each year. Multiage learning comes to life as 7th graders tutor younger students in their prayers. Students watch movie clips with b’nai mitzvah themes, write journal entries addressing their concerns and curiosities about becoming b’nai mitzvah, and have time to ask questions of students who have recently completed this milestone.
 

Youth Groups

Our youth groups offer social opportunities and other events for our students and families.
 

Café Panim

Café Panim will resume when it is safe to do so.

If there’s Religious School on a Sunday, there’s Café Panim, run by dedicated volunteers, providing snacks, coffee, and a space for our parents to get to know each other and share advice and experiences. Parents can hook into our Wi-Fi, work on laptops, or go low tech to simply read, knit, or chat.

October 24, 2021 18 Cheshvan 5782