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Brit Kehilla - Temple Israel Religious School Code of Conduct

At Temple Israel we strive to foster a sense of joy and appreciation in our children and their families. We are dedicated to helping each student and their family develop: a strong sense of belonging to Kehilla (community); an ongoing relationship with HaMakom (God) and Tefila (prayer); a love for the Talmud Torah (lifelong Jewish learning) and Tikkum Olam (helping to "repair the world"); and a connection to Am Yisrael (the modern state and extended community of Israel) and Hatikvah (our eternal hope).

The success of our Religious School program depends critically on the partnership between students, parents, educators and the community. We therefore ask parents and students to join us in achieving our goals by adhering to the following Religious School Brit Kehilla (community standards agreement/covenant). 

1. Be on Time

  • The quality of education begins with your attendance. In order to get the most out of your religious school experience at Temple Israel, it is crucial that each student attends class regularly, and is seated and ready to work when class is called to session, and that cell phones are turned off and put away during class.

2. Be Prepared

  • Being prepared and organized are two traits that are vital to success in the classroom. Students are expected to come to class with all necessary materials, including books and pencils so that they have everything needed to fully benefit from their religious school education. 

3. Be Involved 

  • Jewish learning takes place beyond the classroom. We ask that parents offer praise and encouragement at home for students' progress, and model what it means to support a community by joining our PTO, attending school sponsored events and services, and being in communication with teachers and staff. Parents also are asked to be active participants in their child(ren)'s Jewish education by encouraging their students to set aside time at home for Hebrew reading practice. 

4. Be Respectful

  • It is our goal to create a safe environment for our students. We will achieve this by acting with Kavod (respecting the rights, opinions, and feelings of each person in the classroom). Being respectful in the religious school includes, but is not limited to: wearing a kippah /yalmulke (for boys, however, girls are welcome to wear a head covering as well) in the synagogue at all times; walking (not running) through the halls of the Temple; not talking while the teacher, speaker or other students are expressing their thoughts; refraining from name-calling and disrespectful remarks; and staying clear of others' personal space and belongings. 

Consequences for Lack of Kavod

1. Student given verbal warning or signal from educator.
2. Student referred to director of education's office for noncompliance will be required to write apology to affected educator/students, and parents are informed.
3. Student referred to director of education's office for noncompliance and parent immediately called. Student will write apology to affected educator/students. Parents may be asked to sit in class with child for an appropriate number of sessions and/or child may be suspended.
4. Open defiance such as fighting, weapons, drugs/alcohol, or any behavior that disrupts the class or prevents learning, will result in immediate referral to the administrative offices and/or suspension or expulsion.
After reading the Brit Kehilla together, parents and students are asked to sign below and return the agreement to the Education Office with your registration forms. Please retain the first page for your records.
Student(s): I have read this Brit Kehilla. I understand that there will be consequences for my behavior if I am not respectful while at Religious School.

Parent(s): I have read this Brit Kehilla with my child(ren) and I understand and support the this agreement.