Wendy and Avron Fogelman Religious School
The Wendy and Avron Fogelman Religious School strives to help each student in kindergarten through high school develop a positive Jewish identity and a deep connection to the Jewish community.
For more information about the Wendy and Avron Fogelman Religious School at Temple Israel:
e-mail Jackie Evans or call 901.937.2777.
Kindergarten through 6th grade (Sundays from 9:15 am - 12:00 pm) teaches Judaic studies and Hebrew through discussions, music, projects, and crafts. Students explore Jewish values, Torah stories, holidays, and prayer with the URJ Chai Curriculum. Each religious school session begins with tefillah (prayer services) to help develop a holy community and reinforce the prayers and songs the students learn in class.
7th and 8th grade classes meet on Sunday mornings from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Students learn what it means to be both a member of the Jewish people and an individual Jewish person through projects, field trips, and active, hands-on learning. The class topics range from the Holocaust to comparative religion, and create a foundation for future Jewish learning.
Our high school program (Sundays from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm) helps students discover their connections to Judaism, Temple Israel, and one another. Students have the opportunity to learn from the Temple clergy as they discover how Judaism can shape and impact their lives. Highlights of our high school program include a 10th grade Confirmation class trip to New York City and an 11th and 12th grade trip to Washington, D.C.
Hebrew begins in kindergarten with the alphabet and basic vocabulary. The study of Hebrew continues in each grade, as students build from learning letters to decoding more complex sentences and full prayers. When students reach 6th grade, they can read and understand most prayers and basic conversational Hebrew. Students in 4th - 6th grades attend Hebrew classes on Wednesday afternoons in addition to Sundays.
High School Madrichim
Our Madrichim program gives high school students the opportunity to work in the religious school as teachers’ assistants, Hebrew tutors, and members of Teen Team. If you are a high school student who loves working with children, wants to be a Jewish role model, and is looking for a way to make a positive difference in our community, we want you to join our program! Contact Jackie Evans for more information.
We count on parents to be our partners in raising Jewish children. Parents can enhance their child’s Jewish education by attending services and other events at Temple, checking out Jewish books, participating in Temple’s mitzvah opportunities, celebrating Shabbat and holidays at home with family and friends, and communicating with their student’s teacher.
We also have opportunities for parents to become more involved with the religious school program. We are always looking for volunteers to help coordinate mitzvah opportunities, special projects, and school celebrations. If you are interested in volunteering in the school, please contact Jackie Evans.