Temple Beth David’s Jewish 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 Preschool – post Confirmation are held on Sunday mornings, September-May, from 9:15am-12:00pm.
Students enrolled in our B’nai Mitzvah program (generally corresponding to the 5th, 6th, and 7th grades) attend an additional tutoring time to be determined with an individual tutor. Students also meet with our Rabbi and Cantor throught the process of learning, and especially prior to the Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony.
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.