Temple Sinai's Educational Vision and Religious School Mission

Temple Sinai
Educational Vision Statement
(revised and adopted on Feb. 4, 2010)

Al sh’lo-sha d’var-im ha-o-lam o-meid:
Al ha-Torah, v’al ha-avo-dah, v’al g’mi-lut chasadim.
The world is sustained by three things:
by Torah, by worship, and by loving kindness.

We are a vibrant center of Reform Judaism where enthusiastic learners, knowledgeable, passionate teachers, and inspiring, accessible clergy engage together in life-long Jewish learning.

Our program is flexible and responsive to the varying needs of our congregants, recognizing and honoring our diversity.

We engage children and adult learners, through a variety of approaches in and out of the classroom, to build Jewish literacy and teach Jewish ethics, strengthening our connection to  Jewish history, culture, homeland, language and traditions.

We are a strong kehillah (community) connected through shared celebrations, meaningful t’fillah (prayer), tsedakah (righteous giving) and tikkun olam (repairing the world).

 

A COMMENTARY ON TEMPLE SINAI’S EDUCATIONAL VISION STATEMENT

What is a Vision?   A vision is a “compelling organizing image of a desired

future state of an organization.”

 (Burt Nanus, Visionary Leadership) 
 

A vision is a picture of who we want to be, what we are striving toward.

A vibrant center of Reform Judaism 
          We are a Reform congregation that is alive and growing, evolving to meet the needs of our members.

Enthusiastic learners
          
We are people of all ages, adults and children, who are excited about and engaged in learning.

Engage together in life-long Jewish learning
          
We all learn from each other, together.  We raise children who value learning and continue their engagement for a lifetime and are adults who continue to learn. 

Flexible and responsive to varying needs
          
We meet people where they are, taking into account our complex lives and many commitments, our differing experiences and varied desires for engagement both socially and Jewishly.

Recognizing and honoring diversity
          
We are an urban congregation in a highly diverse community.  We appreciate the differences we all bring, in our backgrounds, family structures, Jewish experiences, and more, and celebrate how we each enrich our community.

A variety of approaches in and out of the classroom
          We strive to deeply engage our tradition through classroom learning, through shared experiences in our community and in our homes, through texts, through the arts, really using our whole selves to learn in all of the settings our community has to offer. 

To build Jewish literacy and teach Jewish ethics
          
We are a community which feels empowered around Jewish practice, supporting one another in knowing Jewish text, tradition and ritual and practicing Jewish ethics. 

We are a strong kehillah (community)
          
We are community that supports one another and positively impacts the world around us. 

 

Temple Sinai Religious School Mission Statement

Temple Sinai Religious School is committed to raising Reform Jews who are firmly grounded in Torah and Jewish texts and connected to our history, homeland, language and traditions. Through education and exposure our students will become comfortable with rituals and prayer and be eager to explore and develop a relationship with God. We strive to produce the combination of a Jewish mind and heart which will lead to participation in tikkun olam (repairing the world), tsedakah (righteous giving), and g'milut hasadim (acts of loving-kindness). We value Jewish education as a life-long process. We seek to provide resources for living a Jewish life at home, because we believe that family involvement is critical to every child's growth as a Jew. We recognize and provide support to students and teachers with learning differences. Our learning community celebrates the joy and beauty of Judaism in a nurturing and respectful environment which promotes a sense of mishpacha (family) within the classroom, the Temple, and the wider Jewish community.