Religious School

Temple Anshe Amunim’s youth religious education program has drawn on its dedication to enriching the minds of students through an exploration of Jewish history, culture, holidays, music, prayer and Torah study, and Hebrew skills. 

Students in Second through Seventh Grade may participate in the Community Hebrew Action Initiative Program (CHAI).  A joint venture with Congregation Knesset Israel and unaffiliated students, classes meet from 4 to 6 PM on Wednesdays from September through May at Knesset Israel.  Our CHAI program touts a highly experienced core of faculty (including our own Rabbi Liz Hirsch) dedicated to developing a love for Judaism in our youth.

Our Religious School Program, for students of all grades (Kindergarten through 12th grade) will meet weekly on Shabbat at 10:45 am coinciding with Shabbat Morning Services. This brief, fun & musical service will be led by Rabbi Liz and Mike Duffy, musician & teacher.  After Shabbat blessings and snacks, religious school continues with a program, activity or field trip appropriate for all ages.  In partnership with Rachel Alemany, PFTY Advisor, our teen community is welcome to participate in all our religious school programming on Saturdays.

This year's theme for religious school is "Dreams".  As Theodore Herzl famously declared, "If you will it, it is no dream"  To bring this vision to life, religious school at TAA will be...

Experential: We'll be getting outside, exploring local Pittsfield cultural sites, being active (think skiing, hiking and baseball) and using social media to tell our Jewish stories.

Communal: We'll bring together elementary, middle and high school students to learn and grow together.  Our oldest will model for our youngest.  When appropriate, we'll break into  
                   smaller groups based on age.

Flexible: We'll take attendance to ensure health and safety, not to reward or guilt those who do or do not attend.  (Families can discuss with Rabbi Liz their needs for flexibility).

Fun: We'll have fun together!

Throughout the year, we look forward to having our students participate in Temple activities and services.  The Religious School and the Youth Group maintain an annual tradition of preparing special Shabbat services in which the students gain experience in leading the congregation through meaningful prayer and song. 

We also offer B’Nai Mitzvah training for children at age 13 and a confirmation program for our advanced high school students, with a confirmation service coinciding with the festival of Shavuot in the spring.  

Our Religious School is supported by the Rabbi Harold and Audrey Salzmann Religious School Endowment, the Newmark/Denmark Endowment, The Elise & Monroe England Religious School Scholarship Fund, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.   Religious School students who wish to attend Camp Eisner in the summer are also supported by the Shaun Beckwith-Chasen and Jeff Eric Stolzberg Campership funds. Any contributions to these dedicated funds are welcomed.

To register for Religious School online, please Click Here!

For more information or for information about our Religious School program, please contact the Temple office at (413) 442-5910 or e-mail templeoffice@ansheamunim.org.