The Jewish Community Religious School
The mission of the Jewish Community Religious School (JCRS) is to develop and maintain Jewish identity, to create a foundation for lifelong learning, and to foster a sense of K’lal Israel.
The JCRS is unique as it is a combined religious school comprised of students and faculty from both Temple Emanuel and Beth Israel Synagogue. All classes meet on Sunday mornings at either the Temple or the Synagogue. The school has three divisions:
• The Lower School for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5;
• The Junior Academy for students in grades 6-8;
• The Senior Academy or High School for students in grades 9-12.
The schools change venues every year. For the 2009-10 school year, the Lower School is located at Beth Israel, with the Academies being housed at Temple Emanuel.
The Lower School is based on the CHAI curriculum and also includes an age-appropriate focus on Jewish holidays and traditions. Music, art, dance and library activities reinforce the curriculum. The Junior Academy emphasizes the study of Israel, American Jewish History, the book of Writings and elective studies which focus on spiritual development, and ethics.
The Senior Academy students study Comparative Religions and Comparative Judaism, studies in Midrash, Making Tough Choices (a course in ethics and values) and Klal Yisrael (a study of worldwide Jewish organizations). Many students in the Senior Academy have the opportunity to visit Poland and Israel through the March of the Living program and participate in the Panim el Panim program in Washington DC.
The program director of the Jewish Community Religious School is Marci Brumberg. She holds a B.S. from Columbia University and attended the Jewish Theological Seminary.