IMPORTANT DATES IN THE 2013 - 2014 (5774) SCHOOL YEAR:
Check Oak Park Temple calendar on this website for up to date information!
scroll up to the top of this page,
click on calendar and then click on
religious school calendar from drop down menu
OR CLICK ON: Online Religious School Calendar
Here is an excellent link for Hebrew reading practice and fun online games
click on this link: http://www.behrmanhouse.com/students
Review Hebrew letters and reading skills before coming back to Hebrew school! Click on the link above and you will be taken to Behrman House's Practice @ home page for students. You can review the sounds each Hebrew letter makes (Hebrew practice link), practice reading prayers (practice prayer link) or conversational Hebrew (Ulpan Aleph link). There are also several fun online games using Hebrew and Jewish knowledge. This is a wonderful tool to access before the school year begins!
Interested in meeting other OPT parents with children in the same grade as your children?
Parents on the committee will be asked to organize at least one social event for families of the grade during the school year.
Maybe a pizza night on Wednesday before religious school?
Maybe an ice cream social at Brown Cow?
Maybe a Friday night service?
The sky’s the limit, but we need your help building our community. Please consider signing up for this committee on your religious school registration form.
If you have questions, contact OPT’s Membership Committee Chair, Lauren Wolven (312) 606-3239.
Oak Park Temple’s Religious School Mission Statement
Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion recognizes the right of our children to a program of religious education which will:
Promote the development of a positive Jewish identity through word and deed, mitzvot and tzedakah.
Enable our children to become observant and active members of the Jewish community.
Provide quality studies of the pillars of Judaism: God, Torah and Israel; of our rituals, observances, services and prayers; and of our holidays.
Create a warm, welcoming and inspirational environment where student-teacher-temple relationships will flourish.
Nurture each child to assert a proud Jewish identity that will help each to live a life of joy and celebration of self, family and community.
Spiritual Philosophy of the School
Recognizing the family as the primary site for the formation of spiritual values, the goal of the religious school is to support and facilitate this process. The meaning of God is discussed in an open fashion. Each child is given the opportunity to explore a unique and personal relationship with God. Self-expression is encouraged in order to provide an optimum environment for growth. Our spiritual philosophy rests upon the belief that our lives have meaning, that each of us matters and that we are connected to something greater than ourselves.
As a spiritual resource and in an atmosphere of caring, openness and trust, the Temple provides a safe place where values-related concerns are discussed. The idea of mitzvot is central to our curriculum at every grade level, reinforcing values, ethical behavior, and the responsibilities of the individual within our society.
The spiritual dimension of Jewish life permeates our religious school experience. As they explore their own developing spirituality, our children are encouraged to do so with creativity, freedom of thought and open minds.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 8TH!
Oak park Temple Retreat information for 4th grade families:
Families of our 4th graders participate in our annual congregational retreat. 4th grade students sleep together in cabins and have their own programming throughout the weekend. There will be family programming for these age groups -as well. The retreat is March 7-9, 2014 at OSRUI near Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Students in 4th grades only are registered with their school enrollment.
If you have any questions about the forms on this page or Oak Park Temple’s religious school program please contact Robin Arbetman at 708-386-3937, ext. 14 or e-mail email@example.com
Download these forms:
Photo release form
About our tuition enrollment form
To register for our school please submit tuition enrollment and photography release forms for your family and one energency enrollment form per child enrolled. IEP forms are optional and submitted as needed.
Online Religious School Calendar
Contact Robin Arbetman