Religious School Philosophy and Goals

Goals of Reform Jewish Education: Union for Reform Judaism

The goal of Jewish education within the Reform Movement is the deepening of Jewish experiences and knowledge for all liberal Jews. We believe that Judaism contains answers to the challenges and questions confronting the human spirit and that only a knowledgeable Jew can successfully discover these answers.

Philosophy and Goals of Temple Beth‑El Religious School

The long term goal of the Temple Beth‑El Religious School is to awaken in its students an identity within the Reform Jewish community, based on feelings as well as a genuine awareness of what such an affiliation means. By providing opportunities for Jewish experience and knowledge, students will leave our school with a strengthened faith in God, love of Torah and identification with the Jewish People through Temple involvement and participation in Jewish life. Toward the achievement of such a goal, the following objectives have been identified:          

  1. To help students explore and develop their identity as Reform Jewish youth.
  2. To provide an educational environment that reinforces Jewish observances in home and at Temple.
  3. To encourage support and participation in the life of the Temple.
  4. To offer exposure to worship and prayer through familiarization with services and festival celebrations.
  5. To teach Hebrew as a living language, focusing on allowing for mastery of prayerbook Hebrew and comprehension.
  6. To nurture a cognizance of, and love for Israel, the homeland of the Jewish People.
  7. To communicate the history of the Jewish People from the Biblical Period to the Modern Age, with emphasis on the development of Reform Judaism.
  8. To assist the student in feeling part of the overall Jewish community, giving an understanding of its various branches with their theological differences as well as similarities.
  9. To expose the student to a range of Jewish literature and folklore through which the student's heritage can come alive.
  10. To promote and participate in acts of loving kindness, including mitzvot (commandments), tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (social justice.)