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The Religious School is a cornerstone of The Emanuel’s Community of Lifelong Learning.

School kids with Debbie


We focus on inter generational programming, so we can actively engage parents, grandparents and children in lifelong Jewish learning, relevant to the contemporary Jewish experience.

Religious School Education:

For Kindergarten – Grade 12
We are committed to providing Jewish education for all children, including those with special learning needs.

  • Grades K – 2: Sundays 9:00 – 12:00 noon
  • Grades 3 – 7:  Sundays 9:00 – noon; and Tuesday or Wednesday: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Grades 8 – 12: Sundays 10:30 – noon with JTConnect
    Additional opportunities: serving as an Ozer on Sunday mornings (9 – 10:30 am), and to be role models for younger students through our Madrichim (Teen Aide) program.  Click here for a description of our high school and youth programs.
  • Monthly Family Education  and Family Services programs, which include parents and children
  • Junior Congregation is held approximately once a month, as well as on holidays.
  • A Resource Room teacher is available to meet the learning needs of all students, from those needing enrichment to those needing special help.

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If you are new to our school, please email or drop off to the school office a completed registration form (click link below). If you are returning, please be sure to send us a completed registration form with any updated information:

Class assignments are made on a first come – first served basis, and while we try to accommodate everyone’s first choice, we cannot guarantee that every child will be assigned their preferred day. We will make every effort to keep children in the same family on the same day, per request, while remaining committed to maintaining class sizes that support the best learning environment for all of our children.

CONTACT: Religious School Principal Barbara Fink: (860) 233-2774

Torat Hayim

Our Religious School philosophy is rooted in Family Education. We have observed that the most significant and long-lasting Shema Pillow Cases4 croplearning for children and parents often is achieved in the context of the family. When children see their parents study, their own study takes on a greater personal significance.

Our nationally-recognized Torat Hayim program is an innovative curriculum designed to involve the whole family in Jewish learning. The goals are:

  • Provide a broad and deep religious educational experience for students and parents.
  • Develop Jewish activities within The Emanuel congregation as well as the family home.
  • Provide rich Shabbat experiences for the whole family.
  • Facilitate pleasant, convenient parental involvement.
  • Help each child’s religious education schedule fit today’s lifestyle needs.

Jewish Day School families are encouraged to be part of our Torat Hayim program through attendance at Parent Seminars and Family Shabbatot.  Other family program include w variety of choices for family learning, including: hands-on Jewish holiday experiences, Jewish life cycle observances, trips, festive celebrations, Sunday morning workshops, and a variety of Jewish living activities.


Activities of the Religious School, particularly those with an inter-generational focus, are supported in part by:

  • The Kemler/Torat Hayim/ Religious School Fund
  • The Parent Teacher Organization Fund
  • The Director of Education’s discretionary fund
  • The Davidson Art Fund
  • The Turken/Weingast Family Education

Scolarships for Emanuel youth to participate in formal and informal youth education, such as camp and trips to Israel are supported in part by:

  • The Scholarship Fund
  • The Youth Activities Fund

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