Temple Beth David Religious School

Religious/Hebrew School

K – 3 Grade Sunday Mornings 9am – 11:30am
Grade 4 – 6
Religious School
Sunday Mornings 9am – 11:30am
Grade 4 – 6
Hebrew School
Tuesdays 4:15pm – 6:15pm
Grade 7 Sundays
9:00am – 11:30am
6:30 – 8:00pm
Grade 8, 9* & 10
Teen Program
Tuesdays 6:30pm – 8:00pm

~Please note:  *9th Grade dates are below~
September 13, 27
October 18
November 8, 29
December 6
January 10, 24
February 7, 21
March 7, 21
April 4, 25
May 2, 16

CIMG0061 (2) A Brief Religious School Overview


Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades: Our youngest students learn in dynamic interactive activities about Jewish holidays, life cycle events, bible stories, and key concepts of Judaism like the importance of giving Tzedakah and performing Hesed and Tikun Olam (acts of kindness that help make the world a better place.)

3rd grade:  Students continue their religious learning of Judaism. As the year goes on, they become familiar with the Hebrew alphabet.

4th, 5th, & 6th grades:  Students now come not once but twice a week.

On Tuesday afternoons, students master Hebrew phonics with the goal of becoming fluent in the Siddur Shabbat service. The knowledge and skills they learn enable them as participating adults to feel at home in any synagogue setting.

On Sunday mornings, they review their Hebrew learning from Tuesday afternoons and then focus on the subjects of Israel, American Jewish history, Torah and its narrative, as well the meaning and purpose of life cycle events like the Bar or Bat Mitzvah rite of passage.

7th grade:  This is a special transition year.

On Sunday mornings, we focus on Hebrew, Jewish prayer, and Torah study. Geared for students preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, the curriculum augments and enriches students in their rite of passage preparation. The morning program includes a short tefilah-payer service led by our B’nai instructor, Larry Matalon, as well as many innovative interactive fun activities.

Tuesday evenings, students learn Jewish history by studying the Modern State of Israel, the Holocaust, and currents events happening in the world today through a Jewish lens.  Special emphasis is placed on students developing a positive Jewish identity though the various learning experiences.

8th grade:  Our 8th Grade curriculum contains two essential components.  One takes place in the TBD classroom and is nicknamed “Hot Topics.”  On Tuesday evenings, students examine various ethical issues they have or soon will confront in their lives from a Jewish perspective.  The second curriculum piece takes place beyond the classroom in the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Adat Noar program.  In a weekend Shabbaton retreat plus two Saturday evening fun Jewbilation events, all TBD 8th grade students broaden their Jewish horizons with over 200 peers of their own age (and older high school teens as well), from all of the other OC synagogues.  It’s a life transforming year.

9th grade:  To support our Temple youth in their transition to high school, our 9th grade students meet not on a weekly but twice a month schedule.  The curriculum focuses on key Jewish identity questions students are and will confront in their present and future lives.

10th grade:   Students study for the year with Rabbi Myers.  In weekly sessions, they reflect and re-examine various topics they have encountered on their individual journeys as well as new areas of Jewish interest.  The year culminates in a meaningful and beautiful Confirmation and celebration.

Final Note:  Jewish learning is not a pediatric activity but a lifetime endeavor.

At Temple Beth David, we include family programs, (where parents come into the synagogue and learn with their children) as an integral part of our religious school curriculum.  We also encourage students to broaden their learning and connection to Judaism and the broader Jewish community by taking part in experiences outside of the synagogue.  Through the generosity primarily of its Foundation Program, Temple Beth David prides itself on the support it gives its youth members to participate in summer camps, Israel experiences,and especially NFTY SO CAL activities on a chapter level here at TBD and on a regional level in Southern California.