Community Religious School
Temple Beth Tikvah, in cooperation with Shalom Bayit, offers a Community Religious School program for the Jewish children of Central Oregon. We are a coalition of parents and teachers aligned to provide a rich and transformative Jewish and Hebrew education for the children in our congregations.
Sunday School and Hebrew School deliver classroom education, mitzvah projects, weekly Hebrew courses and more. Students learn about Jewish holidays, customs and ceremonies, theology and prayer, ethics and values, Hebrew and Torah, Jewish history and Israel. Our teachers are knowledgeable, warm and nurturing. And they encourage curiosity, compassion and critical thinking in students of all ages.
Most children that attend Sunday School also go to Hebrew School and ultimately prepare for their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Classes for Sunday School and Hebrew School are held at Shalom Bayit, 21555 Modoc Lane, Bend 97702.
Sunday School helps students:
• Develop a strong Jewish identity
• Apply Jewish ethics and thought to their lives
• Recite prayers with comprehension
• Understand the rituals and meaning of Shabbat, holidays and festivals
• Participate in community mitzvah projects and adopt the practice of tzedakah
• Learn about Israel's history, geography and modern life
Kindergarten and First Grade:
Classes for young children include singing, story-time, Judaic craft projects and learning about Jewish holidays. The kids also learn how they can help to make the world a better place by performing acts of g’milut chasadim.
Second through Seventh Grade:
Children in the upper grades study lessons from the Torah and discuss how these lessons translate into their daily lives. They practice prayer, focusing on meaning to strengthen their connection to the Jewish people and to Israel. As young Jews, they are encouraged to perform daily acts of g'milut chasadim to make the world a better place.
Sunday School classes usually meet twice a month on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The schedule varies due to school holidays and breaks. For the most current information, check the Calendar.
Sunday School Dates 2016/2017:
September 11, 25
October 9, 23
November 6, 13
December 4, 11
January 8, 22
February 12, 26
March 5, 19
April 2, 23
May 7, 21
June 4, 11
In Hebrew School, students learn to read Hebrew and appreciate its importance as a “Holy Language” that, although dating back to ancient times, continues to connect Jewish people around the world. The curriculum incorporates a variety of teaching methods and materials, with a focus on basic reading, comprehension and writing.
Temple Beth Tikvah offers four Hebrew classes: First year, Second year, Third year and Fourth year. Most students enroll in Hebrew around eight years old or when entering third grade. They continue their studies and progress through the levels, which allows enough time for them to become proficient in Hebrew and ready to prepare for their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs.
Hebrew School classes usually meet weekly on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. from September 13-June 6. NOTE: the schedule follows the Bend-LaPine school district calendar. For the most current information, check the TBT Calendar.
Hebrew School Dates 2016/2017:
September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 29
December 6, 13,
January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21
April 4, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
To enroll your child or children in Sunday School, Hebrew School, or both, families must be TBT members. (Or members of Shalom Bayit.)
Sunday School tuition:
$225 First child in family
$200 Each additional child in family
*tuition includes books and materials
Hebrew School tuition:
$250 Each child in family
*tuition includes books and materials
To enroll your child or children in Sunday School, Hebrew School or both, please complete the Religious School Registration Form. If you are not currently a member of Temple Beth Tikvah, please also complete the Membership Application.
Send your completed form(s) with your enrollment check to:
Temple Beth Tikvah
PO Box 7472
Bend, OR 97708
If you would like to pay by credit card, after completing the registration form, please use the PayPal link below.