Dear Religious School Parents,

Welcome to an exciting year at Temple B’nai Chaim Religious School!  We welcome Rabbi Lipper to our community. He will be here all year as a resource to all our faculty and students. There will also be some exciting new programs this year, as well as some of our traditional favorites. Please look at the information below and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or if you would like to volunteer.

All of our school staff is looking forward with enthusiasm to the coming year!

Shana Tova, have a healthy and happy new year and looking forward to seeing everyone in September.

Best regards,
Jennifer Haynos


First Day of School

The first day of school starts on Sunday, September 15th.  While the students and teachers will be busy in their classrooms the first day, we will need our parents to help with the building of the Sukkah starting at 9:00 am. And don’t worry - the "Madrichim Bnai Café" will be up and running, in case anyone needs an energy boost!

Religious School Events

  • In November we will have our annual Book Fair and are working on having a guest author read to the children from one of their books and have some discussion time afterwards.
  • Our open house this year will be an exhibition of our children’s work based on the curriculum.
  • The Religious school Hanukkah Celebration will be comprised of each classroom being assigned a special Hanukkah theme where everyone can walk around and enjoy the activities.
  • We will have our annual Tzedakah Purim carnival details are in the works!
  • For Passover, we are making plans to have our first TBC chocolate Seder.
  • We are also working on a visit from a Torah Scribe (Sofer).
  • The Seventh and Sixth grade classes will be taking a field trip to the Jewish Heritage Museum in Manhattan for Yom Hashoah.
  • And we will culminate the year with a school-wide Israeli day with songs, dancing and Israeli food.

Early Education Program

For our Early Education program, we will have a Jr. Chai class for ages 3 and 4.  Those classes meet twice a month. The combined kindergarten / 1st grade class offers a fun and engaging start for our young children. In addition, this year we are bringing back our Tot Shabbat/Family services. Please call for more information if you have children in this age group who might be interested in attending. Some of these programs are open to non-TBC members as well, so feel free to invite families with children who might be interested in attending.                   

Teen Opportunities

We also have many opportunities for our teens at TBC.  Our new 8/9 grade elective program had a great response and most of our B’nai Mitzvah graduates will be returning. This is an elective program where students are free to choose any combination of classes for the three mini-mesters, as the courses are designed to run without prerequisites. This is an outstanding opportunity for post Bar/Bat Mitzvah learning and teen community building. These classes meet twice a month on Sunday mornings.

The Confirmation class will be a combination of our comparative religion curriculum and our hands-on social action programming. The year will conclude with the class leading a beautiful service of confirmation during Shavuot.

The Madrichim program is for students in grades 8 -12. The teens will be assisting the teachers in the classrooms.

Our Junior and Senior Youth Group will be organizing some events this year, starting with the High Holiday food drive. Joining the Youth Group is a wonderful way to stay connected to the Temple, make and strengthen friendships, and hang out with other great Jewish teens.

Parent Teacher Organization

Our PTO is up and running!  Help is needed to organize events such as Sukkot, the Book Fair and the Purim celebration. The PTO will also be coordinating the role of room parents as well as working with the Ritual committee and our Israeli Emissary to plan our annual Sukkot dinner on September 20.  If you would like to get involved, please contact Elise Serby at eserby@hotmail.com  and/or Rachel Clott at daqdog@aol.com

Israeli Emissary

New to our school is our Israeli emissary, Lital Rasovsky, a recent high school graduate. She is from Gan Ner, a small community settlement near Afula, on the Gilboa Mountain. Lital will be a regular visitor to our classes and will share her thoughts on life in Israel. She is very excited to meet everyone!

Parking lot Duty

Yes, everyone’s favorite Parking Lot Duty is back!!! The schedule posted online here:  http://templebnaichaim.org/index.php/religiouseducation/religious-school/parking-lot-duty .  It will also be posted in eChaiLites every week. Each parent is needed to fulfill this responsibility, and I thank you in advance for your commitment to our children.