Here at Temple Beth Israel, we love learning! From teaching our smallest children Hebrew songs and rhymes, to proudly sending our students off to college, we believe a strong Jewish education is the key to living a joyful and ethical life.
Preschool – 10th Grade
In conjunction with Agudath Achim Congregation and the Greater Altoona Jewish Federation, children in preschool through 10th grade attend a weekly “Sunday School” on each Sunday of the academic year.
Agudath Achim Congregation and Temple Beth Israel each host classes for a semester. The school also hosts a summer camp fair information session, our Purim Carnival, a Passover Seder, a Hanukkah party and other programs and activities related to the Jewish holiday calendar. Parents, the congregations and the Federation share the overall cost of operation.
Beginning in Second Grade, our students begin learning the fundamentals of Hebrew, and begin their journey to become B’nei Mitzvah. A few times throughout the year the students are asked to lead parts of the Shabbat evening services. This helps to familiarize and prepare our students with our liturgy from an early age.
As our Hebrew students approach their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, individual tutelage is emphasized to prepare each student to be called up to the Torah for the first time.
During the years between a student’s Bar or Bat Mitzah and the end of their 10th Grade year, students will be given additional instruction to prepare them as they journey into adulthood. Confirmation is a ceremony cementing the students’ Jewish identities as they are nearing adulthood. Once confirmed, our students will have completed their formal Jewish Education as a Temple member.
Our Jewish learning continues into adulthood, with monthly “Torah Talks” on Saturday mornings. We also sponsor workshops throughout the year such as a hands-on “Shofar-aton” around the High Holidays.
Temple Beth Israel assists the Greater Altoona Jewish Federation in community involvement in furthering Jewish education. We bring in many guest speakers throughout the year as well as enjoy a Jewish Film Festival each Spring.
Rabbi Audrey Korotkin is also a constant in the community as a guest speaker on Judaism and Jewish ethics.