"I love Religious School."
"And I love having you here.”
This exchange occurs numerous times every day as I stroll through the playground chatting with the students and teachers at recess and passing out licorice. You are probably wondering, “Do the children really mean it or do they just want a piece of licorice?” Actually, they truly mean it, as do I.
Over and over again, I have heard parents marvel at the fact that their children not only enjoy coming to Temple Etz Chaim’s Religious School, they love it. I have heard many parents at religious school express how negative their own experiences were in religious school and how surprised and happy they are at how much their children enjoy their religious school experience.
I, also, was one of those parents. When I attended religious school, I always tried my best and studied hard. Sometimes, however, I would answer a question incorrectly or mispronounce a Hebrew word, and the teacher would pinch my hand. Sometimes it would really hurt, and I always wondered why the teacher did that. I knew that there must be better ways to teach.
What I didn’t know at the time was that I would be given the opportunity to direct a religious school in which children would love attending; a BJE accredited school noted for its strong, warm, nurturing staff who are not only knowledgeable and capable, but also kind, caring and devoted to our children’s Jewish education and well-being.
Together we strive to fulfill the school’s mission:
From Generation to Generation
To inspire love of Judaism,
Dedication to Torah and
Fulfillment of Mitzvot.
Director of Religious School Education