Religious School & Hebrew Lab

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WHERE LIVING & LEARNING JUDAISM IS A JOY!

TBO Religious School Opening Day:
Sunday, September 13th
9:30 AM

We begin with breakfast

TBO Religious School:
Sundays, 9:30 AM - 12 PM
TBO Hebrew Lab:
Wednesdays, 4 PM - 6 PM

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LEARNING AT TEMPLE BETH OHR IS

ENGAGING!

Temple Beth Ohr utilizes the Chai and Mitkadem curriculum of the Union for Reform Judaism to creatively engage our students in exploring Jewish holidays, history, Hebrew and culture. We encourage interactive classroom settings, the use of computers and internet, as well as intergenerational and family learning opportunities to further enhance our students’ learning experience. Our students, in turn, feel a greater connection to Judaism and to Temple Beth Ohr.

RELEVANT!

More than routine reliance on memorizing facts and figures, our educational program strives to connect our students to the meanings of Jewish holidays, prayers and historical experience. We encourage our students to interact with each other, their teachers, learning materials, and Rabbi and Cantor, in a supportive environment. We strive to foster in our students feeling Jewish as much as knowing about Judaism.

AFFORDABLE!

Religious School Fee:
$500/student

Pre-School Fee:
$250/student

Hebrew Lab Fee:
$500/student

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Fee:
$725/student
(not including facility fee)

Confirmation Fee:
$1175/student
(includes L'Taken Seminar)

Religious School Payment

Hebrew Learning Lab Payment

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Our Educators

 

Rabbi Mark Goldfarb is the director of our Religious School and Hebrew Lab. Under his guidance and with the help of our dedicated Education Committee, a number of creative school-wide activities are part of our students learning. Our students experience the joy and light of Hanukkah during our Hanukkah Happening event. They’ve made candles to use, learned the history of the Maccabean revolt, watched olive oil being made, and more. For Tu b’Shvat, our students share in a special seder celebrating trees with nuts and fruit. And Passover is truly an experience wherein the students make a variety of charoset, taste test grape juice, and have a seder in PJ’s on the floor!
 
The TBO Hebrew Lab is nothing like the Hebrew School of old. Using the URJ Mitkadem curriculum and online learning sources, students learn not only to read the Hebrew prayers, they also learn the meaning of those prayers. The student centered focus of the materials enables the students to learn at their own pace and gain mastery of the prayers in a supportive atmosphere. 
 
Rabbi Mark is also the instructor for the Confirmation program. Our tenth grade students have the opportunity to interact and study with the Rabbi, exploring Jewish history, values, mysticism, and engage in Tikkun Olam, the repair of our world. One of the highlights of the TBO Confirmation program is our participation in the L’Taken Seminar of the Religious Action Center of the URJ. This four-day political advocacy seminar, held in Washington DC, gives our students the opportunity to learn about the issues facing our nation and speak to their Member of Congress about ways the Federal Government can help respond to those issues.
 

My name is Linda Selander and I taught kindergarten and first-grade students for 21 years in the Norwalk/La Mirada Unified School District. Throughout these years, my goal as an educator was for my students to feel excited about coming to school, become self-confident and develop habits that enable them to become lifetime learners.  

Currently I am teaching preschool, kindergarten, and first grade at Temple Beth Ohr, and I have enjoyed this experience for 40 years.  My students learn in a positive and welcoming environment about their wonderful Jewish heritage.  The curriculum includes interactive learning about the Torah (Bible stories), Avodah (religious holidays), and G'milut Chasadim (kindness, caring, and respecting others in the community). Also, students learn about Tzedkah, which involves the giving of money or items.  Students actively participate in their learning with stories, crafts, songs and music movement.


 

Laura Milhander

Laura Milhander teaches in the elementary grades using the URJ’s Chai Curriculum, which includes lessons in Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Chasadim, adding to the children’s growing knowledge of Jewish holidays.  The Milhanders joined the TBO family in 2014, and Laura joined our teaching staff a year later.  She has been teaching in Jewish and general education environments for over 30 years.  She loves sharing her joy of celebrating Jewish customs and learning with children and looks forward to doing so for many years to come.


 

Hi my name is Hannah Yungman and I’m am the 5th and 6th grade teacher at Temple Beth Ohr! This year we are focusing on Prophets from the Torah and their significance to Judaism and the way we live our everyday lives. Working with children has always been a passion of mine and I’m grateful to pass my knowledge on to the next generations! 


 

I am Alyssa Hess, the 8th, 9th  and 10th grade teacher. I am currently completing my Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Loma Linda University. This year, for the first half of our sessions our students are learning about the history of Jews coming to America, myth-busting Judaism, and reviewing contemporary and ethical issues related to Judaism.


 

Ken Jaffe
Cantor Kenneth Jaffe is a graduate of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at the Hebrew Union College. He has been privileged to serve congregations across the country. Over that time, Cantor Ken has amassed one of the most comprehensive religious school music curricula, and has written dozens of Jewish songs for children for preschool and up. A lover of languages, he has has been teaching Hebrew and B’nai Mitzvah students for two and a half decades. His goal of teaching Hebrew in a more easy, fun, and effective way one of his central pursuits as a Cantor, and he is excited to bring his immersive, game-based program, Hebroot Camp, as an additional element to Temple Beth Ohr’s wonderful Hebrew Lab program. Cantor Ken is looking forward to making lots of new friendships and bonds as he begins his new adventures here at TBO!
 

 
Rabbi Milhander is the staff and palliative care team chaplain at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Anaheim and a volunteer chaplain for two local police departments.  Rabbi Milhander served congregations in Fullerton, Camarillo, Santa Maria, and Ohio, and is the current spiritual leader of Congregation Shalom Bayit in Banning.  In May 2020, Rabbi Milhander was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion to recognize 25 years of dedicated service to the Jewish community.
 
Rabbi Milhander's class focuses on personal and Jewish identity, causes of anti-Semitism, and what human behaviors and factors led to the Holocaust.

I, Peggy Horwitz, have been a religious school teacher at Temple Beth Ohr for over 30 years. I even had the pleasure of educating my own three children. I now partner in teaching with a former student, who is amazing. The Union of Reform Judaism Core Curriculum we use is Level 5, which includes Torah, Avodah, and G'milut Chasadim. Geared to our students of the middle years, it integrates art, poetry, theater, deep discussion and thinking. Students blossom as they encounter this evolving curriculum in higher depths year after year.


 

Julie Nolte has spent the past 10 years working at various schools and camps in southern California.  Some of the hats she has worn in the past include Youth and Camp Director, Religious School Director, Jewish Studies Specialist and Religious School Teacher.  At TBO, she has worked in Hebrew Lab since 2019 and goes by Morah Julie.  She holds a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Literature in Hebrew Letters from the American Jewish University.  She lives in La Habra Heights with her husband, Brian, and their children, Leonard and Carl. 


4th Grade Hebrew Lab Curriculum:

During the first half of the school year, 4th grade Hebrew Lab students learn the basics of Hebrew reading.  Students learn Hebrew letters, vowels and reading rules and master Hebrew decoding.  During the second half of the school year, 4th grade students learn blessings and prayers independently at their own pace.  With this change to independent study, the role of the teacher shifts to that of a guide that checks in with students and provides support as needed.