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TBI’s Beit Sefer welcomes students from the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire. Our students represent the changing face of Jewish families and come to us from diverse backgrounds. In our Beit Sefer program, students discover a safe place in which to develop and express their Jewish identities. In addition to learning about Jewish culture and heritage, our students establish Jewish friendships and experience being a part of a Jewish community.
Our PreK, Gan (K) and Alef (1st) grade students come for two hours on Sunday mornings. In addition to learn the rituals connected with each holiday, their classroom curricula focuses on Midot (Jewish Values), Tzedakah (the Jewish concept for giving to others) and Mitzvot (doing good deeds.)
Our Bet (2nd) and Gimmel (3rd) grade students come for three hours on Sunday mornings. In addition to learning the stories connected to each holiday, they learn Torah, and begin the study of Hebrew phonetic reading. As they learn about the major figures in Genesis and Exodus, they are invited to express their own ideas and interpretations through art and drama.
Our Dalet (4th), Heh (5th), Vav (6th) and Zayin (7th) grader students come two days a week. They come for three hours on Sunday mornings and two hours on Wednesday afternoons. In their Jewish studies classes, they go more in depth into Torah study, the meaning behind the holiday rituals, Jewish lifceycles, peoplehood and Israel. Our seventh grade studies Jewish identity and the Holocaust. They practice reading Hebrew phonetically, chanting prayers and learning the literal as well as the symbolic meaning of the prayers.
Our post B’nai Mitzvah program invites all students to join our staff as madrichim and continue learning in one of our classes.
Art/Music All our students (PreK- Zayin and their madrichim) rotate through classes in Jewish music, and Jewish arts and crafts. We have specialists including our Cantor and art specialist who bring Judaism to life for our students through our cultural media.
Reading Buddies Each older class (Dalet - Zayin) is paired with a younger class (Gan-Dalet). These class meet once a month in the library to read to each other. Our amazing volunteer librarian Debbie Klein keeps a collection that holds the interest of both ages.
Hebrew Through Movement Each class PreK through Zayin and their madrichim participate 20 minutes a week in a Hebrew immersed, full body active learning environment. They learn to respond to Hebrew instructions and accumulate a basic vocabulary of the language.
Foremost, we are a Jewish community that celebrates together. For each of the holidays, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim and Passover, we have a day with an alternate schedule that gives our students an opportunity to explore and experience the holiday celebrations. Our parents, teachers, madrchim and classes play an active role in creating this community wide celebrations.
Temple Beth Israel
3033 North Towne AvePomona, CA 91767Main Office: (909) 626-1277Preschool Office: (909) 626-6937
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