Beth El Congregation

Judaism Rooted in the Desert

1118 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix AZ 85021
Phone: (602) 944-3359 | Email:

Welcome to Talmud Torah Hebrew School

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Office: 602.944.3359 • Email:

What’s Happening?

Our first day of class for the upcoming 2016 – 2017 school year is, August 21, 2016. Please submit your Talmud Torah Hebrew School registration forms today.

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As Spring turns to Summer, the Jewish calendar reminds us to think about the harvest and the Torah. The holiday of Shavuot always falls on the sixth of Sivan.

This year, it occurs on June 12th. Shavuot celebrates the grain harvest and giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. On Shavuot, we read from the Book of Ruth, a wonderful
story of loving kindness and the genealogy of King David. We decorate the synagogue with greens and flowers, stay up the night to study, and
we eat dairy foods such as cheesecake and blintzes, because the words of the Torah are like milk and honey.
Shavuot is a wonderful opportunity to bring your child to synagogue to see and hear the Torah being read. We have a study session here on Saturday, June 11th, to
join in on. If not here, create your own at home with your little ones. Let everyone stay up a little late, and tell the story of Ruth, or the story of Moses receiving the
Torah at Mt. Sinai. I have books that you are welcome to borrow should you have the need. Let your child(ren) ask lots of questions, and figure out the
answers as a family. You might even want to have a cheesecake party with friends and family. Chag Sameach!
Watch for school registration materials to be sent to your home in mid-June. And have your curious school friends give me a call if they are interested in Beth El
Talmud Torah. I’d love to talk with them! Wishing you all a safe and happy summer wherever your travels may take you. See you On August 21st for the first day of school.
Stay cool…

August 2016 Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13

9am: Teacher/Madrikhim Training
15 16 17

1pm: Mahj Meetup
4pm: Teacher Training
18 19 20

9am: 1st Day of TT Classes
22 23 24

4:15pm: TT Classes
6:30pm: USY Youth Lounge
6:30pm: Book Club

11:30am: Lunch and Learn
26 27

9am: TT Classes
11:30am: Ice Cream Social and USY/Kadima Kick Off
29 30 31

4:15pm: TT Classes
6:30pm: USY Youth Lounge











Overview of Talmud Torah Hebrew School

The Talmud Torah Religious School and Youth Groups provide students with opportunities to learn, pray, and socialize with other Jewish students at Beth El Congregation. Beth El Youth are encouraged through these activities to create a synagogue-based community of their own outside the classroom. At Beth El we recognize that informal learning and socializing outside of class-time is as important as the formal structured classroom and the Beth El youth and education experience presents many such opportunities. We follow the guidelines of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism in our Talmud Torah Hebrew School curriculum and Youth Group programs.

The curriculum at Beth El’s Talmud Torah Hebrew School integrates Hebrew and Judaic subjects. Talmud Torah students study both Hebrew and Judaica during each of their class days as well as joining together for Tefillah (prayers). Our Hebrew curriculum focuses on Shabbat morning and Friday evening prayer services but introduces Modern Hebrew vocabulary for simple conversation and as part of general classroom direction. There are many components that comprise our study of Jewish history, holidays, Israel, God, mitzvot, ritual, values, Torah, Hebrew, and prayer. None of these subjects can be studied alone.  They all overlap and are enmeshed!

Framework for Excellence

Beth El Talmud Torah is proud to be a United Synagogue Framework for Excellence School.  Beth El Online has been recognized by the Jewish Educator’s Assembly.

We are grateful for the support of the Jewish Community Association of Greater Phoenix for their support of our Beth El Online Initiative.

Support from the Council for Jews with Special Needs allows Talmud Torah to continue to meet the needs of all our students.

We thank the Legacy Heritage Fund for granting us a smartboard and providing our teachers with training in its use.

The Education and Youth Department at Beth El actively engages all types of learners  utilizing a variety of materials and approaches inside and outside the classroom. Our computer lab and special needs programs help us to provide individualized instruction for enrichment and remediation. In addition to Beth El’s twice a week religious school (meeting on Sundays and Wednesday afternoons) with classes for Pre-K through high school, Beth El proudly offers a wonderful educational and dynamic opportunity for families with infants through Pre-K children as well at our Preschool.