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KESHER

at Temple Emanuel

Kesher means "connection" and that is exactly what we build together at Kesher, Temple Emanuel's Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade education program.

We engage in a variety of learning opportunities within the walls of Temple Emanuel, participate in the wider Greensboro community, and offer both national and international travel experiences for our older students.

No matter our location, Kesher instills our students with connections to the Jewish community at home and abroad, in all its diversity, our Jewish text, tradition, and culture, and our global community as engaged, inclusive Jewish citizens of the world.

Pre-Kindergarten

In Pre-Kindergarten, we begin to form connections with our classmates and Jewish life. Our learning focuses on Shabbat and Temple as our home, as well as Jewish values about mishpacha (family) and chaveirut (friendship).

First Grade

In First Grade, students explore the concept of Jewish identity by connecting their learning about Temple and Jewish holidays. We also learn about Jewish lifecycle moments and rituals, including our own ceremony at Simchat Torah celebrating Consecration.

Third Grade

Our Third Graders explore different ways to talk about God and begin to form personal relationships with God through studying stories such as Jonah, Elijah, and others found in Prophets and Writings. Students also begin their study of the Hebrew language by learning letters and vowels.

Fifth Grade

In Fifth Grade, we expand our understanding of Jewish life to encompass a variety of different Jewish cultures from across the globe. Through our study of Jews around the world, we introduce the concept of Kol Yisrael Aravim Zeh L'Zeh (Jews anywhere are responsible for Jews everywhere), and we explore Jewish Ethics. Students will build on their Hebrew language knowledge, learning more vocabulary and applying their skills to studying Hebrew prayers. Fifth Graders also will experience their first B'nai Mitzvah Seminar.

*Our Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade programs take place on both Sundays and Tuesdays.

Seventh/Eighth Grade

Our Seventh/Eighth Grade program follows an alternating-year curriculum. One year, we build on our Fourth Grade curriculum by studying Israel in more depth, and we also learn about social justice through a Jewish lens. In the alternating year, we learn about the Holocaust and building interfaith relationships. Each of these curricula includes weekend travel opportunities to build on our learning. Our students support one another by celebrating B'nai Mitzvah together and begin to look forward to joining our High School program.

Kindergarten

Our Kindergarteners continue to form connections with our Temple space, including investigating ritual objects related to both prayer and holidays. We also build upon our knowledge of Shabbat by studying other Jewish holidays.

Second Grade

Second Graders delve into stories found in our holiest Jewish text, the Torah. From Genesis to Deuteronomy, our students will travel along with our spiritual ancestors on the journey from Creation to Egypt to the Promised Land. Together, we investigate Jewish values gleaned from Torah.

Fourth Grade

In Fourth Grade, our students learn about the land, people, and State of Israel, studying Israel's unique culture, history, geography, language, and more. We will explore the Jewish people's enduring connection to Israel and build a strong foundation for future study. Students continue to study the Hebrew language, learning to sound out words and practicing basic Hebrew vocabulary. 

*Our Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade programs take place on both Sundays and Tuesdays.

Sixth Grade

Our Sixth Grade program dives into the concepts of Teshuvah, Tefilah, Tzedakah: Personal Refinement, Prayer, and Doing Good in the World. These topics are supplemented through engaging with the Jewish holidays, weekly Torah readings, and relevant current events through a Jewish lens. Students apply their Hebrew language learning to B'nai Mitzvah preparation. In addition, our Sixth Grade families attend five B'nai Mitzvah Seminars throughout the year as they begin their preparation for becoming B'nai Mitzvah in earnest.

*Our Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade programs take place on both Sundays and Tuesdays.

2021-2022
Religious School Calendar

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B’nai Mitzvah Programs

October 22, 2022

9:00 a.m. | 6th Grade Program

10:30 a.m. | Bar Mitzvah

December 10, 2022

9:00 a.m. | 6th Grade Program

10:30 a.m. | Bar Mitzvah

6th Grade Shabbaton

February 10, 2023

6:30 p.m. | Shabbat Service

7:30 p.m. - Dinner

 

February 11, 2023

9:00 a.m-10:30am Seminar

10:30 a.m. | Shabbat Morning Service

March 18, 2023

9:00 a.m. | 6th Grade Program

10:30 a.m. | Bat Mitzvah

May 6, 2023

7:00 p.m. | 6th Grade Havdallah Seminar

May 7th, 2023

5th Grade Family Program

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