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Religious School

Jewish Education for the Next Generation

Temple Emanuel Religious School

The Religious School at Temple Emanuel has been operating for over 50 year and provides a warm and inviting environment for Jewish students in Kindergarten through Highschool. The school is led by Morah Rochelle Wilensky.

Along with volunteer co-teacher, Mary Damstetter, Rochelle leads Tefillah (prayer) with all students, then splits the children up for Hebrew. Younger students learn their Aleph-Bet, vowels and the beginnings of Hebrew reading/writing fluency with Morah Mary, while Morah Rochelle teaches Hebrew to the older and more advanced students to increase confidence, fluency, and comfort with Hebrew reading/writing. 

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Studies

All students learn Jewish Studies together, which includes Torah learning, Jewish holidays and history, and Jewish ethics explored hands-on with art projects, games, plays/stories, and celebrations. Due to the small class sizes, students receive a lot of 1:1 instruction with Hebrew, which accelerates their learning.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Morah Rochelle tutors all Bar/Bat Mitzvah students herself (before or after school) for 1 full year leading up to students’ B’nai Mitzvahs as part of their Religious School experience. Bar/Bat Mitzvah students learn both Torah and Haftorah Tropes to easily chant their parshas, any remaining Friday night/Saturday morning prayers they would like to lead, and receive guidance on writing their Bar/Bat Mitzvah speeches.

Events

Favorite school events include a Sukkot family dinner under Morah Rochelle’s Sukkah in Charlotte, a Hanukkah party, Tu B’Shevat Seder, Purim Party at the JCC in Charlotte, Pesach Seder, and Shabbaton Weekend in Charlotte for older students.

Temple Emanuel

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320 S. South Street, Gastonia, NC 28052
(704) 865-1541