Family Education

You Shall Teach [the words of Torah] to your children
Deuteronomy 6:7

Rabbi Menahem Mendel of Kotzk taught: If you truly wish your children to study Torah, study it yourself in their presence. They will follow your example. Otherwise, they will not themselves study Torah but will simply instruct their children to do so.

Here at Temple Isaiah, we believe in “learning Torah, being Torah.” One of the best ways to make that motto come alive for our students and to show them that Jewish learning is a lifelong activity, is to create opportunities for parents and children to study together, and for children to see their parents engaged in learning Torah.

New for the 2017–18 school year, we are launching a special program for 5th Grade families, Maglei Tzedek: A Family Giving Circles Initiative. The Family Giving Circle program is designed to help parents spark a love of giving in their children, connect in a meaningful way with other 5th Grade families, allocate funds to local and Israeli charities, and gain a deeper understanding of what Judaism has to say about our obligation to give Tzedakah. Over the course of the year, fifth grade families will gather four times for study, conversation, and decision making. An the end of the year, we’ll share our allocation decisions.

All family education programs are designed for students to learn alongside a parent or other significant adult family member/caregiver.

We hope that your experience at our Family Education programs will enrich your family long after the program ends.

2017–18 Calendar of Sunday Family Programs

Kindergarten — March 4

First Grade — March 11

Second Grade — January 28

Third Grade — March 4

Fourth Grade — December 3, April 15

Fifth Grade — November 5, February 11, April 22

Sixth Grade — December 10, March 25

Details about each program, including start and end times, will be sent out a few weeks in advance of each session.

If you have any questions about family programming for the coming year, please don’t hesitate to contact Family Educator Rachel Petroff Kessler, 301.317.1101.