We are one of the first three congregations in North America to be designated as a Framework for Excellence School

The Blue Ribbon Citation is based on a rigorous assessment of having achieved requisite benchmarks.

As parents, we care to give our children the very best. We want them to grow healthy and strong. We want them to enjoy all the opportunities of life that we have enjoyed, if not more. We make important choices for our children, when they are very young, hoping to guide them on the right path in life. One of those paths is the journey to a meaningful and proud Jewish identity.

Yes, attending Religious School will become a big commitment for kids and parents alike, taking time, money, and energy, but it’s important to keep in mind what Religious School is really about. Giving children a multi-faceted education for an important part of their heritage. Learning to read Hebrew, becoming familiar with Jewish holidays and traditions, embracing Jewish values and a distinct way of looking at the world, pushing our minds and hearts to grow spiritually through prayer, and celebrating the many joyous and fun aspects of our tradition.

Pirkei Avot, the “Ethics of our Ancestors,” a collection of Jewish wisdom and famous sayings teaches, “according to the effort is the reward.” IE – you get out of something, how much you put in. Yes, it is possible to just “go through the motions” for religious school, letting other activities come first, prioritizing sports, or dance, or music. And yes, we want our children to be well-rounded, active in any number of different activities. But we also hope our children will embrace the values and lessons we teach and demonstrate for them. Showing that our religious education and Jewish community are important enough to be a priority is a lesson that they will hopefully carry with them throughout their lives. Making Religious School a commitment now, will help ensure that what they learn in Religious School will remain important years into the future.

We often think that our children are “born Jewish,” but actually, Judaism is something we all have to earn and learn. No one becomes a Jew accidentally. It takes conscious effort and commitment. What is true of our children is also true for ourselves. The mitzvah of studying Torah never ends. Help your child realize the importance of his/her Religious School education by continuing your own Jewish education! Remember, our children don’t only learn by what we say to them, they learn by the examples we show them – sometimes even more!

Thank you for trusting us with your children’s education, and partnering with us in demonstrating the power, importance, and staying power, of a Jewish education.

Rabbi Howard Tilman