Synagogues are often called by their Yiddish name, shul, which means school. Learning is an on-going activity and an important part of life at Temple Isaiah, through every strata of our membership. There is ALWAYS something happening at TI and it can be heard echoing throughout our lovely spiritual home: the squeals and singing of Tot Shabbat, the patter of little feet in the Preschool wing, the joyous laughter of our Kulanu students, chatter of teens in our Youth Groups, and the meaningful discussions in our Adult Education programs.
It is never too soon to start introducing little ones to the rich sensory experiences that Judaism has to offer — the glow of Shabbat candles, a whispered Sh’ma before bed, the smells of a holiday meal. All these and more will help anchor your children in a joyous home life filled with Jewish rituals.
Young ones thrive on routine. Our fun programs have predictable schedules and rituals so that your child can relax and know what comes next.
It is never too soon for little ones to start coming to Babies & Bagels and Tot Shabbat — lap babies love snuggling with their parents while enjoying the music. Before you know it, they’ll request “Bim Bam” at bedtime.
In early childhood education programs, educators engage with, observe, and listen to children in order to provide for all areas of the child’s development: physical, cognitive, social, linguistic, emotional, and spiritual through an integrated approach to learning that is real, concrete, and relevant to each child. Young children need an atmosphere that is warm, nurturing, and accepting, that allows children to take risks and explore their world through play.
Skills that develop in Preschool:
Additional Benefits of a Jewish Preschool:
This is a time during which children grow in their Jewish knowledge, gain the ability to learn things on their own, and continue acquiring the skills needed to be informed members of the Jewish community, each in their own unique way.
As children enter into adolescence, they engage in an intense period of identity formation. Who am I? What matters to me? How can I matter? Our programming for teens is designed to give them a space to begin grappling with these questions, all while building meaningful relationships with peers and mentors, and acquiring the Jewish knowledge and skills to carry into adult life.
The fun of Jewish learning definitely isn’t limited to the young! Adult Education at TI includes weekly Torah study; periodic Lunch & Learn sessions; one-shot and multi-session classes; weekends each year with special guests: artists, musicians, and scholars-in-residence.