ARJE (Association of Reform Jewish Educators)

Accredited Weiner Religious School

Congregation Beth Torah’s Weiner Religious School is a supplementary Jewish school for students in Pre-Kindergarten through High School, including a complete B’nai Mitzvah program.  “Supplementary” means that we intend to support and expand upon the Jewish education our students receive in their homes and with their families. Our purpose is to help each student in LEARNING and DOING as a Jew. 



     




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We are using Remind to alert our families of school closings due to inclement weather. Please text "@wrssundays" to 80101 for Sunday updates and/or "@wrstag" to 81010 for TAG ipdates.



Sunday Mornings:
9:00 a.m.  Bagel Breakfast
9:30 a.m.  Family T'filah
10:00 a.m. Learners in class
12:00 p.m. Dismissal

Sundays are packed with tons of fun! Between our lively family T'filah, art, music, Hebrew, and library time, chugim with our fantastic madrichim, and class time with friends, you'll never want to leave!
 
 
 
TAG: Wednesday Evenings
Our teen program for those in sixth through tenth grade will continue to build on its great success this coming year! Here’s what to expect in 5778:

Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:00 we will offer two slices of pizza free of charge to all teens enrolled in TAG. The snack sale will also be happening to supplement the delicious dinner and support BTTY!

We’re all in class from 7:00 to 8:45 – we have some great choices this year alongside some new innovations!
As in the past, we will finish with ice cream and schmoozing at 8:45, sending our teens home with a sense of accomplishment as well as full bellies!
Fall Trimester (September 13th-November 15th)

Teens in grades six through ten will chose from the following electives (please note that some electives are only open to certain grade levels due to the nature of the subject matter).

  • Holocaust through Art with Denise Ellenberg - In this experience, learners will explore how different people expressed their experiences in the shoah (Hebrew for Holocaust) through different artistic media: painting, drawing, music, theater, movies, etc. This class is open to those in eighth, ninth, and tenth grade.
  • Mussar in Movies with Rabbi Linda Steigman - During this course, learners will become familiar with the concept of Mussar (Jewish values) through the medium of film. How do characters express chesed (kindness), savlanut, (patience), or kavod (honor/respect) in the film in question? How could they have been better? Can we learn from their examples how to be the Jewish people we can be? This class is open to those in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade.
  • Jewish History through Synagogue Architecture with Zachary Zwibelman. The group will use a variety of technology, media, and the resources in our own community to look at synagogues throughout history and throughout the world. What can we learn about the past by looking at buildings and blueprints? What role did the synagogue play in our ancestors’ lives? How can our building today serve similar purposes? What might the synagogue of the future look like given our needs today? This course is open to all learners.
Spring Trimester (February 21st-April 25th)

Our seventh, eighth, and ninth graders will choose from electives (TBD) while our sixth graders learn about the Hebrew prophets (Nevi’im) with Elaine Tobias and our tenth graders work with Rabbi Cattapan on their Confirmation experience.

What about our Winter trimester?
(January 10th-February 14th)

Our tenth graders begin their time with Rabbi Cattapan embarking on their confirmation experience.

This year during our second trimester, our sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth graders will create their own Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) projects from start to finish!

With their desire to fix our world at the forefront, our teens will identify problems and challenges in our community and create their own program to help make our world a better place. They will use their background knowledge of Jewish values, creativity and ingenuity, as well as their kind and caring natures. to work on making our community a place of which we are proud. Our great facilitators will make sure we all have an exciting and meaningful experience.

December Intercession
This year we are excited to present a short intersession between Thanksgiving and Winter Break. We will welcome great speakers and interactive programs for the whole school on November 29th, December 6th, and December 13th. Stay tuned for more information about these fantastic opportunities!

  • If making it to Beth Torah on a Wednesday evening is hard during the fall or winter, do not worry! We have some great alternative programs to help you get your “Jewish fix” in at other times!
  • Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing (7th & 8th Grade girls) Credit for either 1st or 2nd Trimester) – see the attachment for more information!
  • Shabbat Torah Study – join our clergy for Shabbat morning study each Saturday at 9:00 am. Teens must be accompanied by an adult family member (parent, grandparent, etc) and track seven weeks’ worth of discussions and learning. Please tell Rabbi Kleinman that you’re choosing this option, and she will help you keep track of your progress.
  • BTTY/NFTY Option – Open to 9th & 10th graders.



Take a look at how much fun we had last year:





Madrichim Program


Congregation Beth Torah’s Weiner Religious School Madrichim Program has been used as a model for other congregations around the country.  This program is open to 9th -12th grade students.  

One of the most important goals of our Madrichim Program is to expose teens to the challenges and responsibilities of Jewish education by placing them in the religious school, assisting our faculty to make the Jewish education of our younger students a meaningful and pleasurable experience.  In addition to serving as a role model and helping our teachers, the Madrichim program gives you the chance to form relationships with other teens at Beth Torah who enjoy being here during religious school hours.   This group knows how to have fun while working!  Because these students serve as role models, preference is given to teens currently enrolled in the Weiner Religious School or the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy or those who have previously been confirmed.  All madrichim receive payment in the form of scholarships to be used for Jewish youth group activities (NFTY, BBYO, USY, etc), Jewish camp or an Israel trip or for community service hours.  



A Week in Education





LEARNING

Includes the study of prayer, theology, Torah, Hebrew, holidays, Jewish thought, history, Jewish values and contemporary issues facing the Jewish community and our community at large. 

DOING

Includes participation in field trips, social justice projects, holiday celebrations, worship, hands-on classroom activities and a variety of other programs and events. We also emphasize the importance of life cycle events within our tradition.

Each student at Congregation Beth Torah’s Weiner Religious School is offered the opportunity to grow as a Jew. Studies have revealed that the more quality Jewish education one receives, the better able the individual is to make critical Jewish life decisions and the better chance there is that the person will remain an active member of the Jewish community. Involvement helps foster a feeling of pride in being Jewish. We hope to set up a pattern of LEARNING and DOING that will continue throughout the life of the student.