Religious School

Kindergarten and First Grade Shabbat Brunch
RSVP Deadline - Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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You are cordially invited to attend the Kindergarten and First Grade Shabbat brunch and service on Saturday morning, April 12, 2014. This is an exciting new change to our grade level Shabbat events. Come and enjoy a relaxed and spiritual Shabbat experience.

The morning begins with a delicious brunch at 10:00 am and our students will sing some favorite Shabbat songs.

The service will take place in the Blumenthal Sanctuary at Temple Beth El at 11:00 am. You are welcome to attend services without attending the brunch. Our kindergarten and first graders have been working very hard preparing Hebrew songs to sing at the service. This is a special Shabbat for our kindergarten and first grade families and I hope that everyone will make an effort to attend.

Reservations for brunch are a must.

Mitzvah Day 08

MITZVAH DAY - MAY 18, 2014!

Registration will being in early April.

Click here for all Mitzvah Day project information. 


Please add your donations to the large bin in the school lobby.  Thank you for your support.




We are asking every Temple Beth El Religious School family to pitch in and contribute a few of the items needed to provide recipient agencies with supplies.

Please bring items to school by Sunday, May 4th. Collection bins will be placed in the school lobby, items can be brought to class or the Temple lobby at any time. 




Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grade

  • TOYS- We are collecting small, new toys like jump ropes, frisbees, nerf balls, sidewalk chalk, crayons, coloring books, yo-yos, cards, games, hacky sacks, water toys, etc. to go to Sterling Elementary School. We need 725 toys to go in the summer fun packs for Sterling Elementary.

Fourth Grade

  • Dishwashing liquid, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent and dryer sheets, all-purpose cleaner, sponges and dish cloths, toilet bowl cleaner, kitchen garbage bags, comet powder - 5 of each needed for  Freedom School  Parent Baskets 
  • Fruit cups, juice boxes, small waters - for Salvation Army lunches
  • Coffee, sugar, powdered coffee creamer, canned pasta and soups, microwavable macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, instant oatmeal - for Battered Women's Shelter

Fifth Grade

  • Onesies, pacifiers, teethers, rattles, pacifier clips, baby bath lotion and wash, baby wash cloths, wipes, bath toys, bibs, new lullaby cd's, etc. - for 50 babies at Levine Children's Hospital
  • Cleaning products, toilet bowl brush, mop, broom and dustpan, bucket
    - 10 of each needed for Charlotte Affordable Housing 

Sixth Grade

  • Gift cards from Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart 
  • Dishwashing liquid, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent and dryer sheets, all-purpose cleaner, sponges and dish cloths, toilet bowl cleaner, kitchen garbage bags, comet powder - 10 of each needed for Charlotte Affordable Housing 

Seventh Grade

  •   5 heavy duty, rectangular laundry baskets, new or very gently used - pillow cases, blankets, twin or full comforters, bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, shower curtain & hooks, NEW pillows   
  • Optional Items - new or very gently used - pots, pans, bowls, dishes, cups, utensils, potholders, dishtowels   
  •  Small new toys like jump ropes, frisbees, nerf balls, sidewalk chalk, crayons, coloring books, yo-yos, cards, games, hacky sacks, etc. to go to Sterling Elementary School    
  • Gift cards from Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart.


  • BOOKS- We are collecting gently used and new books that are age appropriate for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. We need 725 books so that we can include a book in the summer fun packs we send home with every student at Sterling Elementary School.
  • BOOKS- We are collecting new and gently used preschool - 8th grade books for our Freedom School students.
  • PG and Children's new or gently used DVD's for children at Levine Children's Hospital.

Join the Religious School for Mitzvah Day and make a difference locally and globally.

  • Both sessions of Religious School will join together for this special event. No Regular Classes - All students will participate in Mitzvah Day with their families.
  • Parents must arrive with their children at the David Silverman Social Hall at 9:00 AM for breakfast and a brief service.
  • You may sign up for any project that is age appropriate for your children.  
  • Make sure that the project you choose is age appropriate for your children.
  • Parent participation is required.
  • Parents must remain with their children during all Mitzvah Day projects. Projects will last between 3 & 4 hours.


There will be no forms sent home. All registration must be completed online. Registration will begin in early April.  You will receive registration links.  Please register early; some projects have a limited number of spaces.


Our Mitzvah Day projects support the homeless, low-income school families, battered women, sick children, the Community Health Clinic, single pregnant young women, and on and on.

Questions? Call 704.749.3046

SAVE THE DATE!  Thank the teens who make learning so much fun for your children!


Temple Beth El is proud to announce a special Shabbat service Celebrating Our Teens: Past, Present and Future


Friday, May 16, 2014

7:00 pm

Blumenthal Sanctuary

Community service followed by a festive oneg.


At Temple Beth El, we not only teach our children, we turn our children into teachers. For more than 20 years, our teens have become madrichim (assistant teachers), B'nei Mitzvah tutors, shadows for special needs students, and technology, art and music assistants. What started out as a few interested teenagers helping out has grown into a multifaceted program that engages over 150 teens during the school year.

In affirming our commitment to our Beth El teen madrichim of the past, present and future, we are working to financially secure the program through both our Steven Gainsboro Teen Educator Fund and our Madrichim Endowment. To support and celebrate our Beth El Teens, join us for a meaningful service filled with the music of our Teen Band, Teen Vocal Ensemble, Song Leaders and Jew TuBE reflections. You will see how bright our future looks.

Be a Part of the Art! Tile Art  

All Temple Beth El Religious School families are cordially invited to participate in an  opportunity to have their smiling faces become a part of the art on the walls of our great school. Any high-resolution, color picture that can be scanned or e-mailed and is not copyrighted will be reproduced onto a beautiful porcelain tile and affixed to the school walls. There is already an impressive display on the lobby wall. The tiles are 6" x 6" glossy white. The cost of each tile for this permanent display is $72. for the first tile, and $36. for each additional tile. If you purchased a tile in previous years you are eligible for the $36 price. The proceeds from this project will help to provide important extras to enhance our student's education. There is no artwork more precious than the happy faces of our students!  Forms are available in the school office or click here to receive one in an email.

  TBERS Presents... jewTuBE charlotte's Newest Video!
The jewTuBE charlotte crew has produced and posted their newest video on our secure site. This video features our 6th grade students, teachers and madrichim participating in a Holocaust experiential using role play, photographs, dialogue and writing. Click the link to view the exceptional jewTuBE video; recorded, edited and produced by our outstanding jewTuBE crew.
jewTuBE charlotte is made possible by a generous grant from the URJ.
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"Wherever children are learning, there dwells the Divine Presence"

...Yiddish Proverb


Our school curriculm is based on the premise that we who call ourselves Reform Jews should be proud of our heritage as Jews, as well as the unique perspectives of the Reform movement.  We nurture the self-esteem of our students as individuals, members of families, communities, our nation, and as Reform Jews and part of the Jewish people. 

Students in grades K-2 attend Religious School on Sunday mornings, grade 3-6 attend either Monday or Wednesday and Sunday and 7th (Sheva) graders meet Monday or Wednesday and one Saturday per month.  B’nei Mitzvah students meet weekly with the Cantor and student tutors for five months before the event.
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Grades Eighth-Twelfth
The Consolidated Hebrew High School of Jewish Studies is a joint venture of Temple Beth El and Temple Israel. It is the primary institution of higher learning in our community for teenagers in grades 8-12. After three years of study in the Consolidated High School, a student will be confirmed at the end of the tenth grade. Students then continue in Post-Confirmation classes. Hebrew High meets on Wednesday nights from 7:00-9:00 PM.


Temple Beth El Religious School CURRICULUM Overview

Temple Beth El Religious School incorporates the URJ Chai Curriculum as part of our comprehensive approach to Jewish Education.


Giborim – Mensches in Training

Main Topics ofstudy: Heroes, Holidays in the Home

Heroes – Who are some Jewish heroes? What makes them a hero? What did they do that I can do in my life? Who are some Biblical heroes?Who are some modern heroes? Mensches-in-Training – What is a mensch?What mitzvot can I do to become a mensch? Holidays – Who are the heroes associated with each holiday?


Sofrim –Writers of the Torah

Main Topics: Torah, Israel

Torah – What is our history from Genesis through Deuteronomy? What does the Torah teach us about being Jewish? Why is the Torah important to the Jewish people? Holidays – How does the Torah tell us to celebrate the holidays? Which Bible stories are connected with the holiday we are celebrating?


Chaverim — Friends

Main Topics of study: Community

Torah—How did the Israelites become a community?How can we use the lessons in the Torah to live better lives? Synagogue—How does the Torah make our synagogue a holy place?How do we become a part of our synagogue community?How does our community pray? God—How does our community view God? Holidays—How do we celebrate the holidays as a community?What is the connection between the holiday and God?


Tzadikim – Righteous Ones

Main Topics: Jewish Values, Life Cycle

Values – What are some of the Jewish values?What are the Hebrew words for those values? How can we bring those values into our lives? Life Cycle – What are the Jewish life cycle events? What are the Jewish values associated with each life cycle event? Holidays – What are the Jewish values associated with each holiday? Introduction to Hebrew language –Alef-Bet.


Neviim – Prophets Main Topics: Prophets, God, Personal Prayerbooks

Prophets – Who are the prophets? When did they live? What did they teach? How do their teachings apply to life today?God – Where do we see God in the world? What does God teach us about living our lives? Beginning Hebrew prayers.


Shoreshim – Connecting to our Roots

Main Topics: Jewish history through a study of notable personalities and events

History – How did history create the Judaism we know today?What are the roots of the Reform movement and how has it changed?What did each person contribute to history?What qualities did these people give to the Jewish people?What part of their life can we relate to and learn from? Holidays – What point in history did each holiday emerge? What was the original purpose of the holiday? Comparative Religion- Introduction to Christianity and Islam.Study of Hebrew prayer continues.


Chalutzim – Pioneers

Main Topics: Holocaust and Israel

Israel – What is our personal connection to Israel? What makes Israel unique? What is our historical relationship to Israel?What are the conflicts there? What are our hopes and dreams for the land? What role does the Reform Movement play in Israel today?Holocaust – How did Jews both in Europe and around the world react to the Holocaust? How did the Holocaust change the Jewish people in Israel and in the Diaspora? Study of Hebrew prayer continues and introduction to B'nei Mitzvah trope and studies.


Hineini – Here I am

Al HaTorah - What I Believe as a Reform Jew?Al Ha-Avodah A Walk Through the Prayerbook.

Al G'milut Chasadim – Judaism & Action. My Jewish Identity & World

The Sheva curriculum enables our B'nei Mitzvah class to explore their Jewish identity as they enter Jewish adulthood. Sheva students will study the mitzvot (commandments), prayers, and the Jewish world with an eye toward enabling students to make informed choices about their own Jewish lives.

SPECIALTIES AND T'FILA - All grades have the opportunity to participate in several special class programs throughout the school year, such as, grade experiential, music and art. Kindergarten through second grade will attend t'filah (prayer service) each Sunday morning.Third through seventh grade students attend t'filah every other Hebrew week from 5:45-6:15pm. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend t'filah with their child/children whenever they choose.Several times during the year all the students will attend assemblies, experiential events, or other learning opportunities.

Religious School Schedule

Kindergarten through 6th grade

* Early session -  8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
* Late session - 11:00 AM. to 1:00 PM.

7th Grade Sheva Program:
Our seventh graders take part in an exciting program called Sheva, consisting of two components:

* Selected Saturday mornings
* Monday/Wednesday Hebrew school

Grades 8 - 12  
Consolidated Hebrew High School of Jewish Studies
Hebrew School Schedule

Grades 3 - 7: 
Monday or Wednesday
4:45 PM to 6:15 PM.

Class locations: 
* Bobbi and Don Bernstein Education Building at Shalom Park