From Early Childhood through Grade 12, our Religious School offers a fascinating journey through Jewish history and texts, Hebrew and culture, ethics, and rituals.
Temple B’nai Israel has a strong history of educating its youngest members in the traditions, language and prayer of the Jewish people.
In early 2016 Temple B’nai Israel and the Congregation of Moses began meeting to explore the benefits of a joint religious school. It was quickly apparent that our goals were the same – to provide the best possible Jewish education in a warm, inclusive and caring environment.
The inaugural class launched in September 2016.
The joint religious school is funded by tuition, equal subsidy from Temple B’nai Israel and the Congregation of Moses, and generous grants and endowments.
The school is governed by a committee with representatives from both congregations and led by the school’s director Nora Chaus.
There are more than 60 children currently enrolled in classes ranging from pre-K to high school.
Classes are held at both congregations and are led by teachers and rabbis.
The OKCJS has a unified curriculum in Hebrew and Judaism, which also explores and respects the traditions of both congregations.
At the heart we share a sense of Jewish community for our children, a feeling that religious school is a second home, an exciting and engaging time, and a place to find lifelong friends.
When our children laugh together and learn together, they develop lasting relationships and a positive sense of belonging to a community full of good friends, meaningful activities and rich traditions. Any questions or comments about the school can be directed to Nora Chaus.