For sale: A comprehensive Jewish education package in Boca Raton, Florida, for children grades K-12 in a safe and secure environment with passionate and knowledgeable faculty. Includes developmentally appropriate Judaic and Hebrew classes, nosh, retreats, free or highly subsidized youth group events, two consecration ceremonies, a B’nai Mitzvah celebration, confirmation, and graduation.
As a busy mom of two, the less I have to navigate, the better. I want to sign up for something and know everything is included. I don’t like hidden costs or having to bring a credit card wherever I go. When I speak to preschool parents about religious school, I’m not just talking kindergarten. I am talking about the entire synagogue community that includes a Jewish education package for their child that lasts until college. We are in it for the long haul.
We are streamlining our program so that families can make the best use of their time. For instance, instead of adding another night of Hebrew school for the B’nai Mitzvah Chanting Class, we integrated it into our Sunday morning program at the Beck Family Campus. We have refined our curriculum and eliminated repetition so that students could take a deeper dive into each subject.
Most noticeably for parents of religious school students, there is a new tuition structure. What was previously known as a Bat/Bar Mitzvah fee is now integrated into our tuition. Families will no longer receive an additional $1800 bill in the 6th or 7th grade. This year, to catch up and get everyone on the same rate moving forward, tuition will look higher than normal for 4th-7th grade. If a family has paid anything toward their Bat/Bar Mitzvah fee in the past, their account will be credited that amount in this year’s tuition.
We are working on multiple ways to increase fluidity between formal and informal education at temple; to create community and the feeling of belonging for our students so they want to come to religious school to have fun while learning. In the coming months we will be reaching out to parents and students for input on what aspects of Jewish life most speak to you and your child, and how we can best play a role that is meaningful and relevant. I look forward to the continued partnership and encourage you to check out our FAQ page in the Religious School section of the website to learn more about the transitions we are making.
About Temple Beth El of Boca Raton
The mission of Temple Beth El is to inspire a passionate commitment to Jewish life, learning, community and spiritual growth. The Schaefer Family Campus and Rabbi Merle E. Singer Sanctuary are located in East Boca at 333 SW 4th Avenue. The Beck Family Campus is located in West Boca at 9800 Yamato Road, just east of 441. Along with weekly Shabbat services, social, educational, social action and religious programs, Temple Beth El offers a Religious School for students K-12; the Beth El Early Learning Center, a preschool program at the Beck Family Campus which includes full day childcare for babies as young as 2 months; and the Beth El Mausoleum, located at the Schaefer Family Campus. 561-391-8900 www.tbeboca.org