Religious School

Machonik Teaching Assistant Program

8th to 12th graders comprise our nationally recognized Machonik teaching assistant program. Upon completion of a semester class in 7th grade that includes developing an understanding of the different ways students learn, as well as lesson planning and instruction, Machonikim are then qualified to assist teachers in JLC Sunday and JLC AfterSchool classes. During the school year, Machonikim meet with Kelly Goldberg once a month to discuss challenges and successes in the classroom. This program exemplifies our mission to create life-long Jewish learners and perhaps future teachers.

For more information on our Machonik program, contact: Kelly Goldberg.

About the JLC

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JLC Sunday

Sundays: September 10, 2017 – May 6, 2018
Kindergarten through 6th grade, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The JLC provides an inspiring and everlasting learning experience for our youth that reflects BJBE’s five core values. Sundays are filled with engaging and meaningful learning opportunities, transforming our students' Jewish identity through thought-provoking and relevant activities, and creating and sustaining community through shared experiences. In each grade, we introduce students to new concepts and challenge them to explore their Judaism in new ways. Parents are invited to learn with their children throughout the school year.

JLC AfterSchool

Tuesdays: September 26, 2017 –May 1, 2018, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
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Wednesdays: September 27, 2017 – May 2, 2018, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

JLC AfterSchool is for our students in 3rd-6th grades. In 3rd grade, students learn the alphabet and begin to read phonetically. The program for students in 4th-6th grades reinforces and builds upon reading skills and develops synagogue fluency, enabling students to read and comprehend the prayers of our worship service. Additionally, students have some autonomy in their AfterSchool experience as a result of our work with the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution (BMR), a national initiative with the goal of providing meaningful and long-lasting opportunities for our students as they grow into learned and engaged Jewish adults. At the end of 4th grade, students select between three portals of learning: My Personal Prayer Journey focuses on creating a personalized Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience; Team Tzedek focuses on social action projects with other temple families; and My Israel Journey for those families who choose for their child to become B’nai Mitzvah in our Jewish homeland. Students attend school on either Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons.

For more information on JLC Sunday and AfterSchool, contact Missy Bell, Director of Education.

Weekly Hebrew Practice

Weekly Hebrew practice assigned by our JLC AfterSchool teachers will be posted every Thursday morning. If you don't see your teacher's name listed, there is no specific assigned homework, but reading practice is always encouraged.


3rd Grade - Sabin: Workbook pages 101 &105. Challenge-p.106. Reading p. 104 lines 1-3. Challenge-lines 4-8


3rd Grade - Steiner: Reading practice pages 98, 100 and practice with flashcards

Jewish Learning Center (JLC)

Our religious education revolves around the Five Core Values of our temple: Torah (study), Avodah (prayer and spiritual practice), G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness), Community (creating and nurturing friendships and comfort zones within the temple), and Israel (the State and peoplehood).

These core values are reflected in every one of our educational programs each day that our students come together to learn and to grow.

Our Jewish Learning Center (JLC) is an innovative and deepened approach to Judaic and Hebrew studies.  Using the entire temple campus as an important tool to creating enriching and meaningful study for our students ages kindergarten through 12th grade, a new and exciting curriculum has emerged. Read this great article that was just posted about our JLC in the Deerfield Review!


Our curriculum embodies the temple’s Five Core Values and the Five Foundations of Jewish Learning as developed by Rabbi Karyn Kedar.

Our Five Core Values are:
Torah (Jewish learning)
Avodah (meaningful worship and spiritual practice)
G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness)
Kehillah (community)

Read more about our Five Core Values >>

The Five Foundations of Jewish Learning are:
Transactional Learning
Transformational Learning
Ethical Living
Joy and Delight

Read more about the Five Foundations of Jewish Learning >>


Every lesson and every activity experienced by our students will be based on these Values and Foundations.  The integrated Judaic/Hebrew curriculum deepens these experiences. The learning environment reflects the way our students learn today, and includes individualized learning, independent study, and community learning.

Please feel free to contact Missy Bell, Director of Education, with any questions at 847-940-7575.