Religious School: Our Mission
- LTRS believes that Torah is the foundation of the Jewish people as it informs our modern lives.
- LTRS believes that meaningful Jewish prayer experiences enable reflection, creative spiritual expression, and a mindful relationship with oneself, one’s community, and God.
- LTRS believes that each member of our community has a responsibility to each other and the world around us. Through understanding, compassion, and mitzvot, we contribute to tikkun olam: the repairing of the world.
Torah: Jewish Text and Jewish Learning
Kindergarten learners begin their Torah journey by learning Shabbat, Jewish holidays and “Being a Mensch” (a person of honor) stories. Grades 1 and 2 study the Book of Genesis and Grade 3 continues this foundation with stories from the Books of Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. In Grades 4, learners will engage in Torah text interpretation skills by spending a few minutes learning the Torah portion of the week and exploring commentaries (creative stories that fill in the blanks). Our Grade 5 learners learn Jewish Peoplehood (Jewish History, Israel and the Holocaust), and our Grade 6 learners will focus on Belief and Action: learning and living out our Jewish values. Our Grade 7 learners take a special “Doin’ Drash” class with Rabbi Sirkman as a first step toward teaching Torah as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, learn about the Holocaust, Reform Judaism and Making Jewish Choices.
Avodah (Worship and Ritual): Jewish Holidays
Our Kindergarten and Grade 1 learners will experience a taste of the Jewish holidays through learning the holiday stories, experiencing holiday rituals and making ritual items for use in your home. As learners become older, they will learn more of the values associated with each holiday and learn more of the rituals and blessings for each holiday. We encourage you to always come to our holiday family services, programs and celebrations.
Avodah (Worship and Ritual): Shabbat
Our goal is for our learners to grow up being comfortable in the Shabbat synagogue setting; this means that they will understand and connect with the basic Friday evening and Saturday morning services as well as be able to participate in key Jewish holiday events. Our younger learners will experience the Shabbat blessings in their class, make ritual items for your home and families will be invited to several family-friendly Shabbat experiences during the year. As learners become older, they will become more familiar with the Friday night, Shabbat morning and Havdalah services. Our 4th and 5th graders will celebrate Shabbat together at our 4th and 5th grade Retreat at URJ Eisner Camp on Friday January 25 – Sunday January 27, and our 6th Grade families will celebrate Shabbat together at the 6th Grade Shabbaton on Saturday February 10, 2018.
We especially hope that our K-3 learners and families will come monthly to K-3 Young Family Shabbatot with Rabbi Miller at 5:30 pm. For more information and the dates, please click here.
Avodah: Tefillah (Worship) and Singing
Every week, our learners will participate in group singing and Tefillah with Larchmont Temple’s Music and Tefillah Coordinator, Emma Rehfeld, and members of our Clergy and Educational Staff. Services are designed to both inspire and meet the spiritual needs of our young people as well as prepare them to be lifelong members of the Jewish community. K-3 services and singing are introductory and in Grade 4, learners start to learn the Friday Evening Shabbat Service and in Grade 6 learn the Saturday morning Shabbat service.
Gemilut Hasadim: Doing Good Deeds
Each grade has opportunities to make our world a better place with a number of projects. Much of what we do is in partnership with our Temple's Social Action Committee. In March, our K-3 learners will be a part of our month-long March Mitzvah Madness!
Important Information and Policies for Parents