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Rachel O’Brien, Director

Temple Emanu-El Religious School

(860) 443-3005 ext. 4


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After much deliberation and consultation with local and state public health guidelines and medical experts during the COVID-19 pandemic, we pivoted to a virtual curriculum during the 5781 school year. According to recent CDC guidance, we plan to safely return to our in-person gathering formats this Fall. Our mission is to make sure that our students are always learning in a comfortable and safe environment. 

This past year, our school used ShalomLearning’s values-based Judaics curriculum and Hebrew program in grades K-7.  This award-winning program was developed by a team of Jewish and secular educators and curriculum developers. Our school is among 120 partner synagogues making Jewish education more engaging and relevant for our students.

Our new Jewish Values-based curriculum meshes well with Temple Emanu-El’s mission; to build a vibrant community through Reform Judaism. We teach our students through the behavior we model. We inspire, engage and cultivate our students’ desire to do good in the world and embrace their Jewish identity.

The ShalomLearning values-based curriculum explores seven Jewish values and their relevance in our everyday lives. Students will learn to use Jewish culture, holidays, text, history, and traditions to make responsible decisions and build positive relationships. Using the ShalomLearning Hebrew program, we will teach your children to read Hebrew, chant prayers, and understand their meaning. At home, students can log into the ShalomLearning portal to practice reading and prayers. 

Learning together in a virtual classroom, students will see and interact with each other in a real-time, teacher-led class.  By being able to log in from home (or anywhere), students understand that learning and Judaism happens everywhere, not just in the Religious School.

For more information about ShalomLearning, go to  If you have questions about how our school is implementing the program please contact our new TERS Director, Rachel O’Brien at (860) 443-3005 ext. 4. We look forward to another wonderful new school year this fall and a continued productive partnership with ShalomLearning.


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Our End of Year Focus was on:

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Our Faculty

Our Faculty

Kitah Gan Anna Bakken
Kitah Alef-Bet A Randee Siegal
Kitah Alef-Bet B Rachel O’Brien
Kitah Gimmel April D’Amato
Kitah Dalet Susan Cramer
Kitah Hay Renee Weinstein
Kitah Vav Ella Sackett
Kitah Zayin- Sunday Hazzan Sherry Barnes
Kitah Zayin – Wednesday Rabbi Marc Ekstrand
Resource/Substitute Teacher Cassidy Cramer
Kitah Gan

Kitah Gan

  • Sunday Morning Zoom Classroom:    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m
 Kitah Alef/Bet A

Kitah Alef/Bet A

  • Sunday Morning Zoom Classroom:     9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m
Kitah Alef/Bet B

Kitah Alef/Bet B

  • Sunday Morning Zoom Classroom:    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m


  • Ages three and four
  • Meets twice a month

For more info, contact our co-directors.

Kitah Gimmel, Dalet, Hay, Vav & Zayin

Kitah Gimmel, Dalet, Hay, Vav & Zayin

  • Sunday Zoom Classrooms:

Gimmel Values-Based Judaics (Family context) & Hebrew: 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Dalet Values-Based Judaics (Self context) & Hebrew: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Hay Values-Based Judaics (Peers context) & Hebrew: 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Vav Values-Based (Community context) & Hebrew: 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Zayin Hebrew Trope: 10: 45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

  • Wednesday Zoom Classrooms:

Gimmel Hebrew Reading: 4-5:30 p.m.

Dalet Hebrew Reading: 4-5:30 p.m.

Hay Hebrew Reading: 4-5:30 p.m.

Vav Hebrew Reading: 4 – 5 p.m.

Zayin Values-Based Judaics (World context):  4 – 5 p.m.

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