Temple Israel of the Poconos is the central address for Jewish learning in the Poconos, for both adults and children. Torah learning in the Poconos is alive and well!
Our educational philosophy to Torah is basically: build it, show it, teach it, live it. They will come.
Tuesday and Thursday mornings we offer classes on Torah. Our classes are small and intimate. While we aim to cover a lot of ground, no question goes unanswered, even those we can't answer!
On selected evenings we offer Talmud, Kabbalah of Hebrew words, Jewish literacy, Hebrew reading and Yiddish phrases and expressions.
Our inspiring and dynamic Hebrew School provides a warm and welcoming anchor for young families to come together and connect to synagogue life. All our students by the time they become Bar or Bat Mitzvah are fluent in reading Hebrew, have a basic familiarity with the prayers, holidays, Jewish history, the State of Israel and ethical norms demanded of the Jewish commitment to Torah and Jewish values. As People of the Book, we make sure all our young people can read it!
Our classes are small and inviting. Our teachers are friendly and inspiring. Our curriculum is progressive yet traditional. We offer a K-8 graduated curriculum, and have recently expanded to include teens as well, focusing on ethics and philosophy, taught by the Rabbi.
Our weekday breakdown is as follows:
Tuesday evenings - Hebrew School/ Jewish Learning Center for Children.
Wednesday evenings - ADULT LEARNING INSTITUTE: Mishna/Talmud, Yiddish/Yiddish music, Jewish literacy, Hebrew reading.
Thursday evenings - BAR AND BAT MITZVAH TUTORING. Private sessions with the Rabbi.