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Union Temple of Brooklyn

17 Eastern Parkway (at Grand Army Plaza)
Brooklyn, New York 11238-5699
Telephone: (718) 638-7600
Fax: (718) 783-9151
Dr. Linda Henry Goodman, Rabbi
Mindy Sherry, Director of Youth and Family Engagement
These are the obligations without measure, whose reward,
too, is without measure:
to honor father and mother;
to perform acts of love and kindness;
to attend the house of study daily;
to welcome the stranger;
to visit the sick;
to rejoice with bride and groom;
to console the bereaved;
to pray with sincerity;
to make peace when there is strife.

These are the obligations without measure,
whose reward, too, is without measure:

At our Union Temple Religious
School, all students and their families
are part of a kehillah kedoshah, a holy

Our community welcomes all
families including interfaith,
interracial and single-sex couples.

Our school educates our children
and encourages all family members
to engage in active Jewish learning.

Through classroom study, tefillah
(prayer services) and
Shabbat/holiday family programs we
strive to create Jewish learning
experiences that empower our
students and families to live exciting
and meaningful Jewish lives.

Our mission is to learn together
how to live a rich and joyful
Jewish life as part of a
community, family and the
greater Jewish world, Klal


Union Temple of Brooklyn
17 Eastern Parkway (at Grand Army Plaza)
Brooklyn, New York 11238-5699
Telephone: (718) 638-7600
Fax: (718) 783-9151

August 2014,

Baruchim Habaim- Welcome,
It is my pleasure on behalf of the faculty, staff and Religious School committee to welcome you to the Religious
School at Union Temple of Brooklyn. We are honored that you have entrusted your children to us. Jewish education
is a sacred partnership between the family and the synagogue.
You have made an important and significant decision by choosing to enroll your children in religious school. By
giving your children the gift of Jewish education you are helping to provide a solid foundation from which they will
build their lives. Jewish education extends far beyond the religious school classroom and is enriched by your home
activities and celebrations.
We look forward to continuing this sacred partnership with you. Together, we are creating a community of learners.
If at any point I can be of help to you or your family, please do not hesitate to contact me, my door is always open.
We are excited to see you on Sunday, September 7
for the first day of school.

Mindy Sherry
Director of Youth and Family Engagement


The world depends on three things:
on Torah, prayer and loving deeds.
- Pirkei Avot 1:2

Based on these three ideals, Union Temples
Religious School curriculum is designed to guide
all children on their Jewish journey.

Our Kinder Kef (K-1) program focuses on
Shabbat and holidays, with an interactive and
exciting introduction to the Torah, Jewish holidays
and rituals. Using music and crafts, our Kinder Kef
students interact with Judaism in a fun and exciting
way. We aim to convey a love of Judaism to our
students in their classroom and at home.

and 3
graders begin to learn the Hebrew
alphabet. Students will learn to identify, name and
read the Hebrew letters and vowels. They will
discover the Bible through the stories of Creation,
and by learning about Adam and Eve, the
Patriarchs and Matriarchs. Students will also begin
learning basic Shabbat and holiday blessings.

and 5
graders begin a journey through the
Torah using biblio-drama (interactive storytelling)
text study, and arts activities. The students learn
about the people, places and values of our Torah
and what it means to be a mensch (a kind and
considerate person) by exploring the ethics the
prophets teach us.
Hebrew language instruction focuses on reading
and recognizing prayer vocabulary. Our goal is to
foster an appreciation of Hebrew and its
importance in deepening the prayer experience and
enhancing Jewish identity. We use a self-paced
program which allows students to learn at their
own pace and in their own ways. The Hebrew
component of the curriculum includes reading,
understanding the meaning of the prayer, and
students giving personal meaning to the prayers

and 7
graders will ask the question, What
does it mean to be a good Jew? In answering this
question, students will explore various Jewish
values by focusing on what they are and how they
apply to their daily lives. In addition to values the
students will start to explore the Torah and how
the stories relate to their modern day lives. The
students will continue to expand their Hebrew
reading skills and learn new prayers.

New This Year: Discovering Israel. This year
Union Temple is partnering up with the Jewish
Agency and we will have our very own Shaliach
(an Israeli sent to America to teach about Israel).
Each week the Shaliach will visit the classrooms
and teach our students about Israeli culture, food,
history and Modern Hebrew. We are also having a
Religious School Family Camp weekend.

For All Grades: This year we have added art to
the curriculum. Our Art Specialist will visit once a
month with art projects related to our curriculum.
Parents are invited to join their children for our
First Friday Family Shabbat service every month,
and to ongoing programs and school-wide holiday


Tefillah: An interactive prayer experience:

We believe Tefillah is a time for personal spiritual
searching while simultaneously creating a
relationship with God. Tefillah is also an
opportunity for community building, making
meaning out of large theological concepts, and
sharing personal ideas.

Prayer is a skill that must be learned and practiced.
Through the Religious School Tefillah experience
and study, we will explore central Jewish concepts
in the prayer services. All students at Union
Temple will participate in these unique musical
services for a half hour every Sunday morning and
during monthly First Family Friday Shabbat
services at 6.30pm.

By learning the basic skills of worship (reading
Hebrew prayers, understanding Hebrew words,
practicing choreography, and becoming familiar
with the organization of the siddur), students will
be well prepared for any future prayer experience.
Parents are invited to join us for Tefillah.



All Students: Sunday from 9:30am-12:30pm.

9:30 Arrival
9:30-10:00 Tefillah for 2
10:00-10:20 Tefillah for kinder kef and 1
10:15-11:00 Classroom Time
11:00-11:15 Snack and Community Time
11:15-12:30 Classroom Time
12:30 Dismissal

Students should be in the sanctuary for Family
Tefillah by 9:30 am. Parents are encouraged to
stay for Tefillah. Class begins promptly at
9:30am. School ends at 12:30pm. Parents must
pick up their children personally from the
Religious School on the 4th floor unless special
arrangements are made in advance. If your child
must leave early, or with someone other than
yourself, please send in a note with your child.

Early Dismissal
If your child must be dismissed early, please make
a request in writing and have your student give it
to his or her teacher or to the Director of Youth
and Family Engagement. Please come into the
building and proceed to your childs classroom to
pick him or her up. If someone other than a
family member is picking up your child, please
make sure to include the persons name on the
note. The Religious School does not release
students to minors.

In case of inclement weather, check your e-mail or
call the Temple office. 718-638-7600

Students are expected to attend all sessions of Religious
School. We value your childs presence and
participation, and regular attendance helps create a
cohesive educational community. All students and
parents are expected to attend the monthly First Friday
Family Shabbat service, starting at 6:30pm. A potluck
dinner will follow services. There will be other
special programs throughout the year that families
will be expected to attend.

Please consult the Religious School calendar for
important dates. The Religious School calendar is
also on the Union Temple website:

The Union Temple Religious School is committed
to serving all of our children. We strive to help
each child learn and feel comfortable at Union
Temple. If there is something that we should be
aware of about your child, please contact Mindy
Sherry, Director of Youth and Family

Yom Mishpacha (Family Education
One of the primary obligations of Jewish parents is
to teach their children. As parents, we often feel
the need to learn and experience more of our
Jewish traditions in order to pass them on to our
children in a meaningful way. At Union Temple
each grade will have a Yom Mishpacha (Family
Education Day). On this day parents will come to
Religious School and learn with the students.
Please check the calendar for the dates. This
opportunity allows for families to spend quality
time together and to grow together as a family in
your knowledge of Jewish tradition and ritual. No
prior Jewish Education needed to attend! These
programs will be extensions of the classroom
curriculum and will allow parents and children to
learn about Judaism together.


Sunday, October 5, 2014 Sukkot Whole
School Yom Mishpacha

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 6
and 7

Grade Yom Mishpacha

Sunday, December 7, 2014 2
and 3

Grade Yom Mishpacha

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 4
and 5

Grade Yom Mishpacha

Sunday, April 26, 2015 Kindergarten and
Grade Yom Mishapacha

Parent Programs
Parent modeling Jewish learning is a critical component
of Jewish education. Throughout the school year we
will offer parent programs to take place during the
religious school hours. Parent programming is
scheduled for the following dates:
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Temple membership is required for families of
students beginning in 5

It is recommended that your child begin Religious
School as early as possible to develop a strong
foundation but a minimum of two years of
Religious School enrollment is required prior to
your childs Bar or Bat Mitzvah year. Preparation
for the service is arranged individually with Rabbi
Goodman. On occasion additional tutoring may be

The Religious School students will participate in
monthly First Family Friday Shabbat services at
6.30pm. Student participation in these services
is required.

Family participation in Temple celebrations,
including family dinners and luncheons, services,
and special programs, is encouraged. Participation
reinforces awareness of the regular cycle of Jewish
life, and increases the joy of Jewish life for your
children and your entire family.

How we act
All students are entitled to a classroom atmosphere
conducive to learning and developing a love of
Judaism. While we hope that students will behave
in a respectful manner while at religious school, we
understand that occasionally discipline problems
We expect the following from our students and
families at Union Temple:
Exhibit respectful behavior that
contributes to maintaining a positive
learning environment
Demonstrate courtesy
Behave in a responsible manner
Attend classes regularly and arrive on time
Obey all class rules
Respect the rights and privileges of all
students, teachers, advisors, administrators,
and parents
Dress appropriately for study and worship
Remain in designated supervised areas
Respect the property of others, including
Union Temple property and its facilities

We have developed the following steps toward
maintaining a desirable and safe learning
environment when negative behavior is displayed.
Inappropriate behavior will be discussed between
the student and the teacher. At the discretion of
the teacher, the student will be sent to an
administrator. Parents will be called if the child
cannot return to class without causing disruption.
The student may be asked to write an explanation
and have it signed by the parent and returned to

If negative behavior persists, parents may be asked
to monitor the students classes and assist in
teaching acceptable classroom practices. Serious
actions may be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Cell phones and other electronics
Religious School is a place for the business of
learning. Our students deserve and require a
learning environment that is conducive to learning.
Except in situations where they are being used
as part of a class lesson, cell phones and other
electronics (e.g., iPods, DS Systems) are to remain
in their owners pockets or bags during class and
break. Teachers who feel students are being
distracted by phones or other gadgets will
confiscate the item until the end of the school day.

Guests in classroom
Students are permitted to bring guests to Religious
School if prior arrangements are made with the
classroom teacher and the Director of Youth and
Family Engagement.

Tzedakah (righteous giving) in the form of small
change is collected during each Sunday. Students
pick an organization at the end of the year to
donate the tzedakah collected.


Important Religious School Dates

Parent Breakfast Dates
September 21, 2014
November 2, 2014

First Friday Dates (Snack at 6:00pm, Services at 6:30pm, Pot-luck Dinner at 7:30pm)
September 5, 2014 Welcome Back
November 7, 2014
December 5, 2014
January 2, 2015
February 6, 2015
March 6, 2015
May 1, 2015

Holiday Events
Sunday, October 5, 2014 Whole School Sukkot Yom Mishpacha
Sunday, December 21, 2014 Chanukah Celebration
Friday, February 6, 2015 Tu Bishevat Seder at First Friday Family Shabbat
Sunday, March 8, 2015 Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 29, 2015 Model Passover Seder

Yom Mishpacha- Family Program Days
Sunday, October 5, 2014 Whole School Sukkot Yom Mishpacha
Sunday, November 23, 2014 6
and 7
Grade Yom Mishpacha
Sunday, December 7, 2014 2
and 3
Grade Yom Mishpacha
Sunday, January 25, 2015 4
and 5
Grade Yom Mishpacha
Sunday, April 26, 2015 Kindergarten and 1
Grade Yom Mishapacha

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