Temple Beth Israel’s (TBI) Torah School is an inclusive educational program that focuses on developing our students’ Jewish identity and their personal connection to Jewish tradition and to each other.
-TBI Torah School Mission Statement
Welcome to Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, supporting lifelong Jewish journeys of learning. Our Torah School endeavors to bring children and parents, grandparents, and community members into intergenerational explorations of the joy and gems of Jewish tradition, beginning at the youngest ages.
We celebrate Jewish cultural, ritual, and ethical life by building meaningful relationships among students, providing accessible and relevant educational components, and involving parents in their children’s learning. We respect and encourage each student’s unique ability to interpret and contribute to this Jewish educational journey as we prepare and empower them and their families for a lifelong process of doing so.
We also recognize that offering meaningful learning opportunities is important—opportunities that occur in the company of one’s peers, in the space of the synagogue, and in collaboration with passionate and capable teachers.
The TBI Torah School approach encompasses much more than “religion” and “Hebrew,” the typical namesakes of traditional Sunday School programs. Our program aims to cultivate each student’s voice, identity, creativity and connection to one another and to the collective memory and community of the Jewish people.
“We do not need more textbooks, what we need are more text people.”
-Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Rabbi Heschel, a prophetic and beloved figure of American Judaism of the 20th century, called for passionate, engaging Jewish learning experiences. This philosophy informs the TBI Torah School curriculum.
Our program meets for formal learning throughout the 10 months of the school year on Sundays and select Friday evenings, and through the year for holidays, informal gatherings, and special occasions.
Each year builds on previous experiences. Start early to garner all the richness and begin building your relationships with our community and our shared heritage. No matter where you are in your own journey, we welcome your joining ours.
Detailed Program Information by Grade
Mechina program (Pre-K through Grade 1)
Limmudim Program (Grades 2-4)
Beit Midrash Program (Grades 5-7)
Madrichim Veteran Students Program (Grades 8-12)
Adult Education Program