MASA – Guiding Your Jewish Journey

The Prentis Education Program for Grades K-12

MASA REGISTRATION

Temple Beth El is transitioning to ShulCloud, a new system for managing member data and financial accounts. It is widely used and highly secure. You’ll have access to a member portal where you can easily pay bills or make donations online, as well as edit your contact and family information. This update will help us better meet your needs and increase efficiency in our offices. Our Masa enrollment will be done through ShulCloud this year. CLICK HERE to access our online enrollment form. If you haven’t logged in before, the system will prompt you to create a password and then you’ll be redirected to the Masa enrollment form.
 
If you have any technical issues, please contact Ilene Stone at 248-865-0612 or click here to email Ilene. If you have questions about our programs, please contact me at 248-325-9708 or click here to email Debbie. I can’t wait to have all our students, families, and staff filling our Temple building this fall with enthusiasm and spirit.

Deborah Morosohk, RJE, Director of Education click here to email Debbie or 248.325.9708

Ilene Stone, Education Assistant  click here to email Ilene 248.865.0612.

MASA – Guiding Your
Jewish Journey

After much discussion, we decided to call our programs for grades K-12 Masa. Masa is the Hebrew word for journey, and it captures the essence of what we are striving for.  Every Jew is on a journey exploring how best to engage in Jewish living and we will be our students’ guides along the way.

So, instead of Religious School, our families wake up on Sunday mornings to attend Masa, and our teens get to sleep a little later and come in for Masa Teens.

  

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Mazel Tov to our
MASA Graduating Class of 2021

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Welcome to the
Temple Beth El 
Temple Beth El is a place for our children and their families to learn about Judaism and experience its many joys.  We make that happen with talented and enthusiastic educators who bring quality Jewish experiences to you and your children.

Masa Program – Grades K-6 2021-2022 (5782)

Sundays 9:30 AM - NOON

Mazel Tov to our MASA Confirmation Class 2021

GAN: KINDERGARTEN

The theme for our Kindergarteners this year is “Celebrations”.  Students will celebrate the birthday of the world on Rosh HaShanah, freedom on Hanukkah and Passover, and the beauty of God’s world on Shabbat.  How we celebrate as Jews with ritual items and blessings will be highlighted throughout the year.  The featured mitzvah for Gan is Kindness to Animals. Students will begin learning Hebrew in our Hebrew Through Movement Program and other specialists include art, music, library, and weekly T’filah (prayer).

  • Family program: Sunday, November 14 / 9:30 am - 12:00 noon

KITAH ALEPH: 1ST GRADE

1st Graders will experience the joy of doing Mitzvot (Commandments). They will get to observe the holiday commandments of hearing the shofar, shaking the lulav and Etrog, lighting the Hanukiah, and retelling the Passover story. The featured mitzvah is Bikkur Cholim, Visiting the Sick. 1st Graders will participate in our Hebrew Through Movement Program, and other specialists include art, music, library, and weekly T’filah (prayer).

  • Family program: Sunday, January 30 / 9:30 am - 12:00 noon

 

KITAH BET: 2ND GRADE

2nd Graders will be diving deeply into two Judaic topics. First, they will explore the story of Creation and Shabbat, why and how we take time to rest and refresh each week. Second semester students will explore the story of the Exodus and Passover, creating their own creative class Haggadah. The featured mitzvah is Hachnasat Orchim, Welcoming Guests. 2nd graders will participate in our Hebrew Through Movement Program, and other specialists include art, music, library, and weekly T’filah (prayer).

  • Family program: Sunday, January 23 / 9:30 am – 12:00 noon

 

KITAH GIMEL: 3RD GRADE

3rd Graders will be diving deeply into an exploration of God; what does Judaism teach us and what do we individually believe? Students will explore God through Torah stories, prayers and blessings, and our sacred spaces where we encounter God. The featured mitzvah is Kibud Z’kaynim, Honoring the Elderly. 3rd graders will also participate in our Hebrew Through Movement Program, and other specialists include art, music, library, and weekly T’filah (prayer).

  • Family program: Sunday, October 24 / 9:30 am – 12:00 noon

KITAH DALET: 4TH GRADE

4th Graders will be participating in our Project Based Learning Initiative. In addition to weekly community building, Hebrew Through Movement and T’filah (prayer), students will spend one semester developing a project on Mitzvot (commandments) and another semester on Torah. By diving deeply into a project of their choice, we will guide students to achieve a high-quality experience that deepens their understanding of Jewish life. The featured mitzvah for Kitah Dalet is Bal Tashchit, Not Destroying the Earth.  

  • Project Presentations: Sundays, Dec 12 and May 1  11:00 – 11:30 am

  • B’nai Mitzvah Kickoff: Sunday, April 24 / 12:00 pm

 

KITAH HAY: 5TH GRADE

5th Graders will be participating in our Project Based Learning Initiative. In addition to weekly community building, Hebrew Through Movement and T’filah (prayer), students will spend one semester developing a project on Mitzvot (commandments) and another semester on Torah.  By diving deeply into a project of their choice, we will guide students to achieve a high-quality experience that deepens their understanding of Jewish life. The featured mitzvah in Kitah Hay is Ha-achalat R’evim, Feeding the Hungry.

 

In addition to Masa, 5th graders will also participate in B’nai Mitzvah Workshop on either Sundays or Wednesdays to develop their Hebrew and prayer reading skills.

 

Project Presentations: Sundays, Dec 12 and May 1 / 11:00 – 11:30 am

Mattan Torah: Sunday, April 10 / 11:00 – 11:30 am

 

KITAH VAV: 6TH GRADE

6th Graders will be exploring the Bible by understanding the Torah, Prophets and Writings. They will continue participating in project-based learning by creating lessons on Bible stories and teaching them to younger Masa students. The featured mitzvah in Kitah Vav is Lo Titayn Michshol, Not Placing a Stumbling Block. 6th Graders will continue learning Hebrew in our Hebrew Through Movement Program and participating in weekly T’filah (prayer).

 

In addition to Masa, 14 months before their ceremony, students will also be assigned a tutor to continue their Hebrew studies and proceed in our B’nai Mitzvah Program.

 

B’nai Mitzvah Orientation: Masa Teens 7th and 8th Grades / Sunday, April 24 / 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

 

 

Masa Teens 7th and 8th Grades

Sundays 10:30 am – 12:00 noon

We will begin with social time at 10:30 and classes will meet 11:00 - 12:00

 

KITAH ZAYIN: 7TH GRADE

Our 7th Grade students will spend the year exploring the meaning of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah by learning about and doing Mitzvot (commandments).  We will learn about a variety of Mitzvot such as Caring for the Earth, Honoring the Elderly, and Feeding the Hungry. A highlight of the program will be field trips when we go out into the community and perform those Mitzvot ourselves.

 

KITAH CHET: 8TH GRADE

Our 8th Grade students will spend the first half of their year learning about the Holocaust through a Jewish lens.  Our approach will be to study the historical development of the Holocaust, so students can make the connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives. Following this unit, students will have the opportunity to choose among several shorter elective classes.

Masa Teens 9th - 12th Grades

Sundays 11:30 am – 1:00 pm 

Classes will meet from 11:30 - 12:30 and students will end their day with social time

 

All our high school students will be exploring Mussar this year.  The Mussar movement, founded by Rabbi Israel Salanter in the 19th century, is an approach to applying Jewish learning to character development. Middot (virtues) to be explored include generosity, trust, gratitude, humility, patience, and more.

 

Following this unit, students will have the opportunity to choose among several shorter elective classes.

 

In the Spring, 10th Grade students will have the opportunity to meet with the Rabbis and Educator to prepare for the Confirmation ceremony on April 22nd.

 

12th Grade students will also meet with the Rabbis and Educator to prepare for the Graduation
ceremony on April 29th.

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