Friday, December 15, 2017

torahschoolpic1Our Torah School is an educational program for students in Grades K through 7 with Judaic and Hebrew classes convening on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. There are also classes in Hebrew on Wednesday afternoons for students in Grades 3 through 6.

On Sunday, students learn about Shabbat, Jewish holidays, Jewish history, Jewish heroes and heroines, Torah and Bible stories, Jewish values and ethics as seen in the mitzvot, the history of the modern state of Israel, the rise of Reform Judaism, Hebrew and more.

Our Hebrew program readies our students for our Bar/Bat Mitzvah program. In addition to learning the prayers and blessings of the Shabbat evening and morning services, students read or chant a Torah and Haftarah portion. They also, if they are able, learn to translate their Torah portion.

After Grade 7, our students attend the Community Jewish High, a coalition of three area congregations: Ohr Shalom, Temple Emanu-El and Tifereth Israel. There are a wide variety of classes available including Hebrew study for high school credit.  Our 8th grade students may attend our Madrichim Program on Sunday mornings.  For more information, call the Torah School School office at (619) 286-3096.

Click here to download the Torah School Calendar for 2017-2018

Click here to download a Torah School Registration Form


Youth Groups

Temple Emanu-El is thrilled to welcome our new youth group directors as well as welcome back those who are returning this year! Here is an introduction to each of our youth group directors. Be sure to say hello and welcome them when you see them around Emanu-El!

Becky Farber, Youth Group Administrator

Becky’s volunteer work during her high school years in a Jewish preschool inspired her to pursue an education in child development. She taught in a Jewish preschool for several years and has taught our Jewish cooking class to grades Kindergarten - 2. She has worked with our Temple's youth groups almost as long as she has been a member. She and her husband Patrick have two children at the Torah School, Max, in grade 5, and Lily, grade 1. They love Temple Emanu-El's fun, warm environment.

Emily Silver, Director of Chaverim (Grades Kindergarten - 2)

Emily is currently working as a substitute teacher for the San Diego Schools. She is a recent resident in San Diego and is currently studying for her Master's Degree in the mental health field. Emily is looking forward to working at Emanu-El to share her love of Judaism and Israel with the community.

Elijah Zelonky, Director of OYE (Grades 3 - 5)

Elijah worked at JCA Shalom  summer camp for years, the last two summers as a unit head and Counselor in Training Advisor. This summer, he was a unit head for the youngest kids (ages 7-9), responsible for the kids’ wellbeing, the counselors’ performance and wellbeing, and Jewish programming.  At Emanu-El, Elijah directed three plays last year, wrote the Purim Spiel, taught Judaica to grade 4, and served as the Youth Director for two age groups.

Daniel Parker, Director of E.A.S.Y. (Grades 6 - 8)

Temple Emanu-El has heavily influenced Daniel’s life and aspirations. He is a product of our Temple's youth group and Torah School, and wants to bring the life changing experiences that he had growing up back to our youth. He has worked with young people for the past six years and specializes in Jewish music and leading prayer.

Jay Bartell, Director of SanETY. (Grades 9 - 12)

Since his beginnings in Price Family Preschool, Jay wanted to give back to the community that originally instilled in him the core Jewish values of l'dor v' dor and tikkun olam. He brings his passion for youth advocacy and social action to his role as SanETY advisor. From his work on political advocacy campaigns and his time spent in school in our nation's capital, Jay is looking forward to supporting our already thriving high school youth group, and propel them to even greater success in the coming year.

For questions about any of our youth activities, please contact Rabbi Benj at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (619) 286-2555.