Religious School


Religious School and COVID-19

During the closure of the Temple Sinai building, Religious School classes will continue via ZOOM web conferencing. Meetings will vary on a class by class basis due to differences in ages and class. Teachers will send out links to join an online class, if planned. Contact your teacher or Director Judy Alexander.

The Temple Sinai Religious School provides a solid foundation of Jewish studies, with classes from Kindergarten through high school. We hope to foster in our children a lifelong desire to learn about Judaism and to become active, involved members of our Jewish community.

We strive to:

  • Increase our students’ knowledge in Hebrew, rituals and life-cycle events, holidays, tikkun olam/social action, Torah and Israel
  • Enhance our children’s Jewish identity
  • Involve families as partners in their children’s education

Classes meet weekly on Thursday afternoons.

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2019 – 2020 calendar coming soon!

Our curriculum is developed following URJ (Union of Reform Judaism) guidelines. Each class participates in leading a worship service once a year and hosting a potluck following services.

Temple Sinai has now joined with the JECC (Jewish Education Center of Cleveland) in their pioneering program, #OnwardHebrew.

#OnwardHebrew is a fast-growing movement spearheaded by Jewish education directors motivated to address the challenges of Hebrew learning in their part-time/congregational programs. Over the last five years, a number  of these educators have changed their fundamental assumptions about their approach to teaching Hebrew.

The tenets of the program include:

  • Hebrew Through Movement
  • Enriched Hebrew t’fillah/worship
  • Integrated Jewish Life Vocabulary
  • Delayed teaching of decoding

Last year we introduced Hebrew Through Movement in grades K-2. We are building upon it this year by adding a weekly t’filah/worship service, during religious school from 5:00-5:15 led by Rabbi Edleson and including Jewish Life Vocabulary throughout the school.

It is our sincere desire that through participation in Temple life, all families will create deep and lasting bonds inside of Temple Sinai that will emanate outside of our walls.