Vision

Temple Kol Ami’s vision is to provide students with an engaging and innovative educational experience by incorporating interactive and experiential components in both the traditional classroom setting as well as our online eBrew program.

Mission

The TKA Religious School mission is to ensure that students feel empowered by their Jewish Identities to continue learning and growing as members of the Jewish Community and into adulthood.

Our Philosophy

Temple Kol Ami’s philosophy is that Judaism is more than just being Jewish, but, more importantly, it’s doing Jewish. “Doing Jewish” is not only understanding the importance of tzedakah and mitzvot, but collecting tzedakah and performing mitzvot; Not only is Judaism knowing what food we eat on the holiday, it is making the food, tasting it, and celebrating with our friends and families. In addition, we encorporate Social Action and Mitzvah Projects into our curriculum and youth group events, as well as teaching our students core Jewish Values and “Mensch-like” qualities that will help them “Do Jewish” in their every-day lives.

What does a Sunday Morning schedule look like for a Temple Kol Ami student?

Pre-K Chaverim
9:00am – Arts and Crafts Project (Ex. Making a Tzedakah Box, Painting a Mezuzah)
10:00am – Music
10:30am – Snack/Recess
11:00am – Judaica (Ex. Braiding a Challah, Hearing and Re-enacting the story of Purim)
12:00pm – Dismissal

Kindergarten – 1st Grade
9:00am – Judaica/Arts and Crafts Project (Ex. Decorating a personal prayer book, Reading a story book based on Jewish Values, and Introductory Hebrew)
10:30am – Snack/Recess
10:50am – Rabbi Time
11:10am – Judaica Cont.
12:00pm – Dismissal

2nd – 3rd Grade
9:00am – Judaic Learning
10:30am – Snack/Recess
11:10am – T’fillah
11:30am – Hebrew
12:00pm – Dismissal

4th – 6th Grade
9:00am – Chug (Students electives of cooking, music, art, etc….)
9:40am – Hebrew
10:30am – Break
10:40am – Judaica
11:30am – T’fillah
12:00pm – Dismissal

To help enrich student learning with additional exposure to prayer and Jewish community, students are expected to attend Shabbat services at least once a month.

Religious and Hebrew education are incorporated into Shabbat services, and attending will help students learn and prepare for becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah.   Attending Shabbat (and other Temple events outside of Religious School) foster friendships and social relationships between Kol Ami children and their families, and making life-long friends is a big part of the Religious School experience at Kol Ami.

Religious School Programs

Chaverim (PRE-K)

Let your preschoolers get a taste for Religious School with our Sunday morning Chaverim program. Your Pre-k student will learn about and celebrate the Jewish Holidays with stories, music, cooking, arts and crafts, and time with our Rabbi. Classes are once a month during normal religious school hours (9am-12pm).

K-3rd Grade

We offer innovative and hands-on learning for our K-3rd graders. Sunday mornings focus on Jewish traditions, Values, Holiday celebrations, Prayer, introductory Hebrew, Jewish cooking, arts and crafts, and more. Classes are on Sunday mornings from 9am-12pm.

4th – 6th Grade

In fourth grade, students transition to our Bar/Bat Mitzvah prep and advanced Jewish Studies curriculum. Students will participate in advanced Judaica study, taking a deeper look at Jewish ethics and values, Jewish history, lifecycle events, Israel, holidays and traditions, and Torah study. Through participation in experiential learning, 4th-6th grade students will develop a deeper Jewish identity as they prepare to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. 4th-6th Grade Students will also participate in more advanced Hebrew learning on Sunday mornings and have additional mid-week study via our online eBrew program.  Sunday morning classes are from 9am-12pm.

7th and 8th Grade Leaders

NEW THIS YEAR Our 7th and 8th graders participate in Sunday evening (and occasional Saturday) programming that combines Social Action projects, leadership training, and Judaic programming led by Rabbi Schneider, our Youth Engagement Director, and guest leaders from our community. Click here for a full schedule.

Madrich Program (7th-12th Grade)

Post B’nai Mitzvah 7th and 8th graders and 9th-12th grade students are invited to participate in our Madrichim (Teacher’s Assistant) program on Sunday mornings. This is a great opportunity for students to develop leadership skills, get credit for community service, and serve as a role model for our Temple’s youth.

KATY (9th – 12th Grade)

KATY (Kol Ami Temple Youth) is our high school youth group. KATY stays actively involved in the NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) community. Youth group events are typically on Sunday evenings and can incorporate social and leadership building, Social Action and community service, as well as educational programming and Jewish learning. Click here to learn more about KATY

NO SCHLEPPING MID-WEEK!

NEW ONLINE HEBREW (eBrew) COMPONENT

We understand that families are busy. Don’t worry about driving your student to Hebrew lessons in the middle of the busy school week. Our 4th-6th grade religious school students will receive weekly ONLINE ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING with a LIVE TUTOR! Click here to learn about our innovative eBrew program.

Religious School Tuition

Chaverim Pre-K: $90
Kindergarten: $276
Grades 1-3: $804
Grades 4-6: $996
7th and 8th Grade Leadership Program: $564
KATY High School Youth Group: $180 (Participation in NFTY events may require additional registration fees)

Complete the online health form and register your child for the 2016-2017 school year.

CONTACT

Please contact us for more Temple Kol Ami Religious School & Youth Program information.

telephone

(480) 951-9660

email

carly@templekolami.org

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