Beyond Religious School:
Options at Temple Israel

Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!

Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! is an experiential education program currently touching the lives of 3,500 girls across North America. The program uses Jewish teachings and practices — in a five-year cycle of curricular materials — to give girls a place to feel safe, articulate their deepest concerns, consider the impact of gender on their daily lives, have fun, and be ‘real’ with their peers. Rosh Hodesh groups meet monthly for girls between the ages of 11-18. Through discussion, arts & crafts, creative ritual, games, and drama, the girls and their leaders draw on Jewish values and a gender lens to explore the issues the girls care about most, such as body image, friendship, relationships, family, competition, and stress. Our first meeting will be in November! If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Rachel Silverman -

Telem Seventh and Eighth Grades

If you have questions, concerns, or something has been holding you back from registering, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Rabbi Rachel Silverman -, so that we can try to address them. If you have trouble with the registration system, please call our office ASAP so that we can help you. 

Thank you for doing all that you can to help our school year get off to a great start. We look forward to seeing you on the first day of school, September 15th. 

Telem: Seventh Grade

As in years past, the 7th grade class will split its time between the Telem program and classroom learning. More specifically, the overarching curriculum for this class is being designed to be an age-appropriate transition into adulthood, understanding that many of these kids are mid or post-b'nei mitzvah. We will focus on learning how to be a responsible, participatory Jewish adult, including:

  •  an in-depth look at the mitzvot of visiting the sick / visiting a shiva house
  • a few of the holidays that they have not yet had the opportunity to study deeply (Yom HaShoah, Yom Ha’Atzmaut, and Tisha B’av)
  • the Holocaust and its impact on Judaism & the world
  • the Megillot, specifically Megillah Esther, which we read on Purim 

Registering through our on-line system for 7th grade, registers your child for both the 7th grade Telem program and the regular learning.

Telem: Eighth Grade

We are continuing our very popular Telem program, led by Barbara Fine and Beth Golden. The kids meet at Temple Israel on Tuesday evenings at 5:45 (to leave on the bus at 6pm) and return at 8pm. A bus will pick them up and bring them to their placement site (they can choose to do the Connecting Generations track at the Fireman Campus in Randolph or the Hunger and Homelessness track at the Evelyn House shelter in Stoughton). The registration form for 8th-12th grade Telem can be downloaded here