Religious School


Mission, Goals and Objectives 

Temple Beth David’s Religious School is a diverse and caring community where students are inspired to develop a love of Judaism in its many forms. Guided by the values of Hesed (kindness), K’dushah (holiness), Tsedakah (justice/charity), and Limmud (learning), our purpose is to nourish the hearts, souls, and minds of our students. Our educational programs and staff aspire to provide a foundation for students to comfortably participate in all aspects of Jewish life.

Sessions for Pre-K-9th grade are held on Sunday mornings, September-May, from 9:30am-12:30pm.

Students enrolled in our B’nai Mitzvah program (generally corresponding to the 5th, 6th, and 7th grades) attend an additional one hour class following religious school on Sundays for two years and an additional one hour class held on Wednesday afternoons for a half-year.  Students also meet with an individual instructor beginning six months prior to the Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony.

Confirmation (10th grade) meets on alternate Sunday evenings during the school year.

In addition to classroom time, sessions on Sunday’s often include: Tfillah (communal worship); visits of guest specialists (e.g. music, Israeli dancing, storytelling); field trips; visits to our award-winning library; class visits with Rabbi Lachtman; family learning days; Hanukah party; a Hanukah Boutique; and a Model Seder.

Multiple Friday evening community dinners and Shabbat and Holiday family-friendly services occur throughout the year, often with religious school students participating. On select Friday evenings Rabbi and Cantor lead a Young Family Shabbat Service, generally held at 5:30pm.  Family Fun Night is our school’s main fund-raising event, and a great community event.

Our students are further encouraged to participate and make a difference in our wider community through some of the following activities: seasonal “Mitzvah” outings to a local Senior center; preparing meals for the homeless at Union Station; Shabbaton- the Jewish Federation of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley’s winter weekend youth camp; L’takein- a three-day educational and social action teen expedition to Washington, D.C.; participation in Jewish World Watch’s “March to End Genocide”; organizing food drives; and volunteering at animal shelters.

Temple Beth David’s youth group (TOV CHAI) provides yet another opportunity for our students to deepen friendships, develop leadership skills, and participate in activities that strengthen their commitment to Judaism.  Students in the 7th-12th grade meet on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm.

Our school affirms the value of friendship and life-long learning by offering a robust array of classes and events for parents of our religious school students and congregants, normally held on Sunday mornings.  These have included: Jewish holiday workshops; Bringing Judaism into the Home classes; “Lox and Bagel Breakfasts” which engage guest speakers from the Jewish, inter-faith, and secular community; an “Un-orthodox” Torah class; adult Hebrew classes; film presentations; Jewish cooking classes; and a Jewish book club.

Curricular Themes

Toddlers-Pre K:

Grades K, 1, 2

Grades 3, 4, 5

Grades 6-10

  • Shabbat
  • Introducing Holidays
  • Introducing Israel
  • Getting along
  • Introducing customs and rituals
  • Becoming familiar with Temple 
  • What does our Temple look like
  • Friendship building 
  • Hebrew pre prayers
  • Torah stories
  • Alef Bet
  • Israel


  • Holidays / Calendar / Yearly Cycle
  • Rituals related to holidays
  • Torah stories
  • Simple prayers (Barchu, Shema, Candle Blessings)
  • Basic Hebrew 
  • Tikkun Olam
  • Families – Matriarchs, Patriarchs, tribes
  • Israel 
  • Jewish Identity
  • Tzedakah 
  • Mitzvot
  • Alef/Bet
  • Rituals for Jewish life events  
  • N’vi’im / K’tuvim
  • V’ahavtah, Mi Chamocha, Amidah, V’shamru
  • Reading from the Prayerbook
  • Families – as part of life cycle
  • K’hilah K’dosha – Sacred community
  • L’dor V’dor – Generation to Generation
  • Israel – history
  • Different types of families 
  • Jewish Identity
  • Tikkun Olam


  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah prep + Mitzvah projects 
  • Holocaust
  • Israel
  • How did we get here?
  • Jewish identity
  • interfaith
  • American-Jewish history
  • Israel Politics 
  • Contemporary Jewish History
  • Jewish Values  
  • Tikkun Olam (fixing the world)
  • Jewish ethics  
  • Comparative Religion
  • Comparative Judaism
  • Jewish response to contemporary issues
  • Tzedakah