Temple Israel provides education and programs for all ages, pre-school to teens!
Roots and Branches Pre-School Programs
Roots and Branches is our early childhood program for our growing community of families. We gather to celebrate Shabbat, holidays and traditions. This year all of our programming is outdoors, with a focus on the Shmita/Shabbat of the land year we are currently in.
Roots and Branches events are open to everyone. We are grateful to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation for its generous support of this program.
Roots & Branches is coordinated by Alyssa Bauer, our Family Education Coordinator. For more information or to be added to the mailing list, email [email protected]
We are offering modules (multiple-part classes) this year on topics of timely interest. We plan modules on Shmitta/Land Sabbatical and Earth-care, crafts and arts and Hebrew reading.
This fall season, we are offering Begin Reading Hebrew (on Zoom with some outdoor in-person classes) for ages 6-10 and Dancing into the Shmita Year (outdoor) for ages 5-10. Register for either or both classes here.
Parents are active co-creators of our elementary school programming. We welcome any and all ideas for topics and teachers – please contact the office with your suggestions.
Students work with Rabbi Andrea and other community members on Hebrew literacy and prayer book skills, Torah and Torah reading, and living Jewish values.
For more information on enrolling in our Be Mitzvah program, please contact Rabbi Andrea or the office.
Families enrolling their children in the Be Mitzvah program must be members of Temple Israel.
Real Teen Theater
Our Real Teen Theater program is open to Jews and allies. Teens will work together to produce 2 stage productions (fall and spring); we are also running two training programs, one on Preparing for an Audition (winter session) and technical broadcasting (ongoing).
Theater artist and educator Sara Berliner will lead a group of teens in a devised theater project based on Jewish folklore, culminating in a performance. Any teens 12-18 are welcome to participate. The theater program will run October 3-November 7 with a performance on November 14 (omitting October 10) from 10:30-12:00 Sunday mornings. we expect to run some classes on zoom and some in person in Greenfield.
A fee of $0-40 is requested; due to a generous grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.