Religious School Programs Overview

The Terri A. Ginsburg Religious & Hebrew School educates and cultivates our students to enable them to thrive as Jewish individuals. Our program is sensitive to the needs of children of interfaith families.

Lower School (Preschool-5th grade) 
Religious School meets Saturday mornings in 2 sessions.

First Session – 8:30 am to 10:15 am
Second Session – 10:45 am to 12:30 pm

At the beginning of first session and the end of second session, Rabbi Whinston, Cantor Hayut, and/or Rabbi Alter lead a 20-minute Jewish worship experience for grades 1-5.  All students regularly visit our Library and enjoy a Jewish music class.

Upper School (Grades 6-12)
Upper school meets Sunday evenings from 6-7:30 pm, with a communal dinner from 6-6:20 pm. The students enjoy learning in a relaxed atmosphere. Curricula includes Mitzvot and Social Action, exploring the American Jewish Experience, Jewish Ethics, Confirmation for 10th graders, and an 11/12th grade seminars. 8th-12th graders also have the opportunity to engage in special electives.

Hebrew School (Grades 3-6)
The objective of the TBE Hebrew School is to educate students to participate more fully in services as well as prepare them for the B’nai Mitzvah experience. Students are instructed in written & spoken Hebrew language & prayers. Hebrew School is for students in grades 3-6 and meets once per week, either Sunday 3:00-5:00 pm or Wednesday 4:30-6:30 pm. Students divide into grade specific classrooms in order to study Hebrew. Weekly Hebrew homework assignments are an integral part of our Hebrew School program.

Madrichim Program (Grades 9-12)
Madrichim serve as classroom assistants in our preschool and elementary school classes. They enrich our school by providing teachers with extra help and serving as role models for younger students. Ninth graders can participate in monthly training sessions preparing them to work as teacher assistants or office aides in our school. 10th-12th grade work in the Saturday Religious School classrooms and/or the Sunday or Wednesday Hebrew School classrooms.

Advanced Hebrew Study for High School Students
Keshet Ann Arbor is a program in which high school students are able to receive public school credit (through the Community Resource program) for studying Hebrew language. They offer four levels of instruction from beginner through advanced. Class focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills with emphasis on communication and everyday use of Modern Hebrew. For more information about Keshet, please click here.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutoring
Approximately one year before the Bar or Bat Mitzvah date, Cantor Hayut will meet with the student and parents to give the student his/her portion and materials and provide information about private Bar or Bat Mitzvah tutoring. The family then contacts a tutor and sets up a schedule for tutoring. Over the course of study with the tutor, all students will have several appointments with Cantor Hayut and Rabbi Whinston.

Youth Musical Programs
The TBE Youth Choir consists of 3rd to 5th grade students, and rehearsals are held during Hebrew School on Mondays & Wednesdays. Shir Chadash consists of vocal & instrumental ensembles, one for middle school students and the other for high school students. Middle School Shir Chadash rehearses on Sundays from 5:00-6:00 (1 hour before school starts). High School Shir Chadash rehearses on Sundays from 5:00-6:00 as well. Opportunities exist for solo instrumental & vocal performances. All students interested in singing and playing percussion instruments are encouraged to join!

Check out the music page for more complete information on our Youth Choirs!

The library is an integral part of the Religious School curriculum, used both by teachers and students. We have computers with Internet access and Judaic programs. Our computer programs range in level from preschool through adult. Additionally, we have a Judaic Video Collection with over 200 titles including many Jewish and Israeli dvds. Each class visits the library multiple times each semester. Please note that books have a two-week loan period. You can call to renew at 665-4744 x 237 or email Clare, our Librarian. There are many volunteer opportunities for parents. Please come in to browse during Saturday or Sunday Religious School.