Eighth-graders: get ready for Hot Topics!  We will explore controversial moral issues such as sex, gender identity, drugs and alcohol, euthanasia, and capital punishment through a Jewish lens.  In addition, we will examine the different denominations of Judaism, comparing orthodox, conservative, reform, and beyond! Students will also participate in an evolving list of electives on a trimester schedule ranging from food in the Torah to Jewish music and Jewish communities around the world.

The evening sessions begin with our core studies, which are followed by a shared dinner and social time followed by electives. Eighth-graders become eligible to participate in BBYO and will enjoy teen-focused activities with other Jewish youth once a month in the second part of the evening.

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 BBYO

This year our teens registered for Tuesday Jewsday have the incredible opportunity to join our BBYO programming on the first Tuesday of each month. BBYO is an international Jewish teen youth movement focused on engaging more Jewish teens in a meaningful way. BBYO provides students in grades 8-12 with fun, meaningful and affordable experiences that inspire a lasting connection to the Jewish people. BBYO focuses on the core priorities of inclusivity, Jewish identity, active leadership and tradition. We are so excited to share these experiences with our Temple Israel Teens. 
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Ninth-graders will take a deeper look at what it means to be a Jewish teenager and how they relate to the world around them.  We will explore the state of Israel and look at its history as well as the current world issues surrounding the Middle East. As ninth-graders examine their place in the world and Jewish identity, they will learn about other religions religions, looking deeply at the practices, ethics, and beliefs of Islam and Christianity, as compared to Judaism. Alongside their high school peers, ninth-graders will participate in an evolving selection of electives such as the Kosher Kitchen, Heroes of the Holocaust, Jewish Music and Conversational Hebrew.

The evening sessions begin with our core studies, which are followed by a shared dinner and social time followed by trimester schedule electives. Once a month, ninth-graders will participate in BBYO special programs, enjoying teen-focused activities with other Jewish youth.

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 BBYO

This year our teens registered for Tuesday Jewsday have the incredible opportunity to join our BBYO programming on the first Tuesday of each month. BBYO is an international Jewish teen youth movement focused on engaging more Jewish teens in a meaningful way. BBYO provides students in grades 8-12 with fun, meaningful and affordable experiences that inspire a lasting connection to the Jewish people. BBYO focuses on the core priorities of inclusivity, Jewish identity, active leadership and tradition. We are so excited to share these experiences with our Temple Israel Teens. 
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What have you seen not learned in RS? Designed to equip students with information and knowledge that will help them in the years to come, the program includes discussions, role plays, and more.  Class often revolves around issues of the students’ choosing, possibly including, sexuality, intermarriage, BDS, anti-Semitism, Jewish survival or Israel.

"Post-Confirmation" is a great opportunity to stay connected to your friends, enjoy new opportunities and experiences and continue to make an impact on your Jewish and local community! "Post-Confirmation" is open to all 11th and 12th graders – whether or not they have been confirmed.

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BBYO

This year our teens registered for Tuesday Jewsday have the incredible opportunity to join our BBYO programming on the first Tuesday of each month. BBYO is an international Jewish teen youth movement focused on engaging more Jewish teens in a meaningful way. BBYO provides students in grades 8-12 with fun, meaningful and affordable experiences that inspire a lasting connection to the Jewish people. BBYO focuses on the core priorities of inclusivity, Jewish identity, active leadership and tradition. We are so excited to share these experiences with our Temple Israel Teens. 
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This is a very special program at Temple Israel.  Our teens have a yearlong opportunity to study weekly with Rabbi Friedman and Rabbi Moss. Students address world issues, theology, and on-the-ground advocacy through a Jewish lens. Dialogue, questioning and sacred text study are the vehicles through which as students address questions of faith, identity and responsibility.  

The centerpiece of the Confirmation experience is the four-day L’Taken Political Action Seminar of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C. The trip will take place on March 15-18.

Register Here

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BBYO

This year our teens registered for Tuesday Jewsday have the incredible opportunity to join our BBYO programming on the first Tuesday of each month. BBYO is an international Jewish teen youth movement focused on engaging more Jewish teens in a meaningful way. BBYO provides students in grades 8-12 with fun, meaningful and affordable experiences that inspire a lasting connection to the Jewish people. BBYO focuses on the core priorities of inclusivity, Jewish identity, active leadership and tradition. We are so excited to share these experiences with our Temple Israel Teens. 
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Kindergarten 

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 Sunday 9:00-10:30 am
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Monday 4:00-5:30 pm

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Our Kindergarten students are treated to “a taste of Judaism,” learning about the joy of our holidays and the importance of Jewish values in our everyday lives. In Kindergarten we use games, stories, art and movement to introduce the concept of mitzvot (commandments) such as generosity, kindness, taking care of one’s self, and caring for animals. Weekly music with our cantor, assistant rabbi and songleader is part of the experience.


1st & 2nd Grade Combined Class

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Sunday 9:00-10:30 am
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Monday 4:00-5:30 pm

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Students will discover Jewish holidays, symbols and traditions through music, creative play, crafts and hands-on activities. Shabbat is the centerpiece of our exploration, both during class and a special family program. Students will also be introduced to Hebrew letters through useful synagogue-based vocabulary.

Another central theme will be the synagogue: the anchor of Jewish life. What do we do, see and hear at a synagogue? How does being at a synagogue make us feel? Students will learn about synagogues from around the world. The experience includes weekly music with our musical team: cantor, assistant rabbi and song leader.


3rd Grade

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Sunday 9:00-11:00 am
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Monday 4:00-6:00 pm

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Our 3rd graders will learn that Jewish life is like a treasure chest filled with precious jewels. The crown jewel is of course the Torah, which is the centerpiece of Jewish life. From Creation to Exodus, the Torah will come alive as students explore its lessons through art, music and storytelling. Students will also learn to read Hebrew. The experience includes weekly music with our musical team: cantor, assistant rabbi and song leader.


4th & 5th Grade Combined Class

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Sunday 9:00-11:00 am & Tuesday 4:00-6:00 pm
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Monday 4:00-6:00 pm & Tuesday 4:00-6:00 pm
OR

Sunday 9:00-12:00 pm & Jewish Journey (supplemental youth activities, family learning and holiday celebrations)
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Small group learning at a time of your choosing

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 We have combined 4th and 5th grades in order to enrich our sense of community and to offer a wider array of schedule options for these grades.  Students participate in weekly tefilah (services) with our clergy and songleader, where prayers are joyful, festive, and meaningful.  Tefilah continues in the classroom where students learn to read and chant the prayers as well as explore their meaning.  Hebrew is taught using a variety of resources and technology. 

Judaics and electives give students the opportunity to participate in an engaging and relevant learning environment across a variety of topics.  They rotate class groupings throughout the day and throughout the year, allowing for increased movement and social interaction.  All students will study Tikkun Olam (social justice) and Jewish values, Torah, Israel, and history, while electives will include an evolving list of options such as Jewish cooking, ethics, and art.


6th Grade

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Sunday 9:00-11:00 am & Tuesday 3:30-5:30 pm
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Monday 3:30-5:30 pm & Tuesday 3:30-5:30 pm
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Sunday 9:00-12:00 pm & Jewish Journey (supplemental youth activities, family learning and holiday celebrations)
OR
Small group learning at a time of your choosing

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Our 6th grade curriculum is divided into studies are comprised of three key areas:  Hebrew, core, and electives, which enables our students to participate in an engaging and relevant learning environment. Students change classes allowing for movement and interaction with friends new and old.  The core curriculum focuses Torah, Israel, Jewish values and history and is supplemented by a variety of electives.  They continue to participate in weekly Tefilah with our song leader or clergy where prayers are joyful, festive, and meaningful and filled with sense of community.  Hebrew is taught in small groups using a variety of sources and technology which enhances their skills and readies them for Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  Judaic studies enable students to explore Jewish life and include an age appropriate focus on Tikkun Olam and Jewish values, Torah, Israel, and history, while electives will include an evolving list of interests such as Jewish cooking, Holocaust, ethics, art, book club, and theater.


7th Grade

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Tuesday 6:00-8:00 pm

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Our 7th-grade students are offered three core courses as well as a host of electives which are designed to stimulate and challenge their intellect while furthering their Jewish understanding and identity. The evening sessions begin with our core studies, which are followed by a shared dinner and social time.  Core classes are:

  • Tefilot and Me: practicing Hebrew and in-depth learning about the liturgy
  • Holocaust: As seen through the eyes of children, survivors and the righteous
  • Jewish Values: Using a variety of media including books, movies and music, students will explore Jewish principles such as lo levayesh (do not shame others), din v’rachamim (justice and mercy) and nedivut (generosity).

After dinner concludes, our teens reconvene to tackle such electives as Food in Biblical Times, and Israel and Me.


Small Group Option

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2 hours per week on Wednesday OR Thursday afternoons
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Jewish Journey (supplemental youth activities, family learning and holiday celebrations)

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Even with the broader array of schedule options we are offering, we know that we may not be able to offer an option that fits your family’s schedule.  Therefore we are launching an on-demand small-group option so that Jewish learning can take place at a time of your choosing.  Here’s how it works … You can create your own group of five learners within the same grade level and choose your preferred time on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon.  Or, call our office to see if other families you may not know are also seeking to form a small group.  Please be aware that capacity is limited so registration will be on a first come, first-served basis.  In addition, the fee for small-group learning will be higher due to the personalized nature of this option.

Our optionality and curriculum promise to provide a meaningful experience for all of our students.  For more information about our Religious School contact: Director of Student Services Michelle Gersh at 203-227-1656 x 332 or mgersh@tiwestport.org or Director of Education Orly Mendelson at 203-227-1656 x311 or omendelson@tiwestport.org.  We look forward to speaking with you.


“The entire world rests on the breath of children in the schoolhouse.”
— Talmud, Shabbat 119b

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