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The objective of our Religious School is to instill a love and understanding of Judaism in our children, to increase their knowledge of the Hebrew language and to shape their identification with the Jewish community, world Jewry, and the State of Israel.

Religious School – Available for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Children who complete this program do so with the ability to read Hebrew. They also graduate with a deep understanding of the Jewish holidays and culture learned through hands-on experiences and participation. Students are able to lead different parts of our Shabbat service and are well-prepared for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

In 6th grade, all pre-b'nei mitzvah are required to participate in our Beit Din class.  The goal of the class is to enable our students to be able to discuss the basics of Conservative Judaism.  Throughout the year, we study 100 questions that cover a wide range of topics such as:  what is tzedakah, what is found on the seder plate, and and who is David Ben Gurion.

Before Religious School graduation, students stand before a Beit Din (rabbi, current president, and past president) and answer a selection of 100 questions for which they've prepared.  Students "pass" the Beit Din by successfully answering the questions.

This process empowers our future b'nei mitzvah with the knowledge that they understand and can discuss what Conservative Judaism stands for.  Their parents are actively engaged in the preparation and learning so it becomes a family affair.  Families attend and celebrate the Beit Din.

Religious school students have the opportunity to work with a mentor through our High School Mentor program.

Kesher - For 7th- & 8th-grade students. In this two-year program, pre-teens and teens prepare for the future in learning about modern Jewish choices.  Subjects such as eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse are discussed through the use of Jewish texts and sources, giving our students a Jewish perspective on taking responsibility. Every other year, the class takes a trip to Washington, DC, with a focus on the US Holocaust Museum and learning tolerance.

Tichon - For 9th-12th-grade students. This program focuses on understanding the differences in Jewish movements and practices.  This year, it is studying the civil rights movement and visiting sites of significance around the region.  It concludes in 12th grade with confirmation.

 

EMANU-EL'S RELIGIOUS SCHOOL AND YOUTH GLOSSARY

Beit Din: Our Religious School program for 6th graders
Kesher: Our Religious School program for 7th and 8th graders
Tichon: Our Religious School program for high school students


COSY: Our Kadima & USY Chapter - "Charleston's Outstanding Synagogue Youth"
Rakevet: Our synagogue youth program for 4th-5th graders
Kadima: Our synagogue youth group for 6th-8th graders
USY (United Synagogue Youth): our synagogue youth group for high school students
Ein Gedi: Our USY sub-region
HaNegev: Our USY region
Gesher: HaNegev USY Convention for 8th graders only

Sun, July 12 2020 20 Tammuz 5780