MISSION

The Bridge Family Religion School at Temple De Hirsch Sinai provides a high quality Reform Jewish educational experience for students and families, pre-K through 12th grade, seeking to inspire a lifelong dedication to Jewish learning and community.

We welcome you to the Bridge Family Religion School, our growing educational program for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. We invite you to explore Bridge Family Religion School for your family. Temple is committed to providing a Jewish education to all children of the congregation. For those families that cannot afford full tuition, we offer scholarships. . To apply for a scholarship please complete the online registration form and complete the online scholarship application.

This year's tuition fees include a non-refundable $100 deposit.

Temple De Hirsch Sinai believes strongly that Jewish education should be available and accessible to all of our participating families.  Scholarships available here.

For scholarship information please contact Monica Neiman at mneiman@tdhs-nw.org

Applications received after deadline will be reviewed by the committee on a rolling basis, but there is no guarantee that late submissions will be funded.

Please note: A portion of both Religion School and JRM Preschool scholarship funds are set aside for new member families and for those families whose circumstances change during the course of the year.

Becoming B'nai Mitzvah is an important milestone in the life of your family. We are here to help you create a meaningful and memorable celebration.

Click here for the B’Nai Mitzvah prayers and blessings.

Approximately two years prior to a child’s thirteenth birthday, parents are invited to an informational meeting at which a Bar/Bat Mitzvah date may be requested.  Dates are assigned only to those students whose families are members in good standing and who are enrolled in the Bridge Family Religion School.

Students must be enrolled in the Religion School and must meet attendance expectations to participate, including attending seventh grade.  If the student is in the eighth grade or high school, (s)he will enroll in our High School program. 

There is a possibility of two B’nai Mitzvah on any given date: one in the morning (10:30 a.m.) and one in the evening (5:00 p.m. Havdallah).  Dates are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the vagaries of rabbinic scheduling, it is not possible to request a specific rabbi for your service.

During the year preceding the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, students and their parents are invited to an orientation session where they receive their Bar/Bat Mitzvah materials and important information about the B’nai Mitzvah process.

Temple believes strongly that Bar/Bat Mitzvah is not the culmination of a child’s Jewish education, but a milestone in an ongoing Jewish journey. Students are asked to sign a pledge to continue their Jewish education beyond the B’nai Mitzvah experience.

B’nai Mitzvah training begins approximately 26 weeks prior to the B’nai Mitzvah date. For the first three months students participate in a B’nai Mitzvah prayer class. Following this class, students continue to work one-on-one with a Rabbi or tutor on their Torah & Haftorah preparation. Students are expected to augment this time with self-study at home.

At times, students find that they require additional assistance in learning the material. Should this be the case, we are happy to recommend outside tutors from our approved list. The tutors that we have selected are familiar with the requirements of our program, and have worked effectively with our students in the past. Engaging one of these tutors is done at the family’s expense.

Our policies are embodied in our Parent Handbook.

At the Bridge Family Religion School, we are committed to helping our students gain confidence in learning the Hebrew language as well as to create positive connections to the language of the Jewish people through exposure to prayerbook Hebrew and modern Hebrew.

We seek to enable proficiency in decoding Hebrew words and prayers as well as provide multiple outlets for our students to explore and create their own answers to the questions of :

  • "What is prayer?"
  • "Why pray?"
  • "What do these prayers mean to me?"

Our Hebrew program is for all students ages 3rd-6th grade. In order to become Bar/Bat Mitzvah at TDHS you must attend all 4 years of our Hebrew program.

Throughout our Hebrew program, our students explore a variety of ways to engage with Hebrew. The exploration comes through tefillah (prayer) experiences on a weekly basis, teacher-led activities, community building activities, and 1 on 1 tutoring.  We aim to provide students learning opportunities through multiple modalities such as  listening, movement, visualization, and using technology to enhance and solidify classroom lessons.

Starting in the fall of 2017 we will utilize the Hebrew in Harmony curriculum from Behrman House as well as Hebrew Through Movement curriculum from the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland.

The following options are available to families in the coming year:

On-Site Hebrew
For grades 3–6, our On-Site Hebrew students will be placed into Hebrew classes by grade level.  3rd grade focuses on mastering the Aleph-Bet and all vowels. 4th-6th graders are assigned different prayers to accomplish by the end of the year.  Our On-Site Hebrew program also provides our students an opportunity to engage in regular t’filah with our school community.

On-Site Hebrew takes place at our Bellevue campus on Wednesday evenings and on our Seattle campus on Thursday evenings.

Off-Site Hebrew
As an alternative to our On-site Hebrew program, Off-Site Hebrew provides families with flexibility in scheduling while fulfilling our goal of developing lifelong Jewish learners proficient in Hebrew decoding and t’filah.

There are two options for off-site Hebrew.

The first is our off-site Hebrew program that takes place at the Mercer Island JCC on Tuesday evenings.

Families interested in Off-Site Hebrew for small cohorts will need to complete an additional form when registering for Religion School. Families will have the opportunity to indicate preferred times and locations for an off-site cohort and we will do our best to accommodate the preferences of each of our families. Cohort placements will be determined by the number of students registered and by teacher availability. Registration for Off-Site Hebrew is incomplete until this form has been submitted.

There is an additional fee for off-site Hebrew.

Religion School takes place on both our Bellevue and Seattle campuses on Sunday mornings from 9:30-12noon.

We begin every Sunday morning with a T’filah service led by our Rabbis and songleading madrichim. Parents are welcome to attend.

More information on our EXCITING CHANGES coming soon!

K-2nd Grade Program

3/4th Grade Program

5th Grade Program

6th-8th Grade Program

FAMILY EDUCATION FOR ELEMENTARY GRADES:
Successful Religion School education involves a strong partnership between the student families and the school. Through family education programs, we strengthen the Judaic knowledge of both students and their families, and empower families to further enrich their lives with Judaism. These programs will be designed to engage both our students and their families, each leaving the session with something new learned and shared. It is imperative for the success of these programs that at least one parent attend each session with their child.  These will take place during Religion School on Sunday mornings.  Dates are listed on the Religion School Calendar.

Hadracha Program: Sunday (Bellevue/Seattle), Wednesday (Bellevue), Thursday (Seattle).

Students in 9-12th grade have the opportunity to work as madrichim, “guides”, in the Bridge Family Religion School. Working as a Madrich(a) is a paid work position at Temple. While madrichim do aid teachers in simple tasks, their responsibilities go beyond the administrative duties suggested by the term “teachers’ aides.” As madrichim, they guide younger students toward a positive Religion School experience by demonstrating their involvement, their skills at collaboration, and their initiative.

Within the program we offer different tracks that allow teens to specialize in various aspects of the school: Music/Songleading, Art, Library, Technology, and Classroom. The program structure creates a unique and meaningful way for teens to have a spiritual connection, education component, and work experience. Students interested in participating in the Hadracha Program should contact Leah Levy at llevy@tdhs-nw.org or (206) 315-7422. Space for the program may be limited.

We have exciting new programs in store for you for the 2017-2018 school year!

Open to TDHS 9th-12th graders

Tuesday evenings at our Bellevue Campus from 6:00-8:00pm

Classes taught by TDHS Rabbis and Educators

For more information contact Leah Levy at llevy@tdhs-nw.org