Religious School & Hebrew Lab
WHERE LIVING & LEARNING JUDAISM IS A JOY!
TBO Religious School Opening Day:
Sunday, September 12th
We begin with breakfast
TBO Religious School:
Sundays, 9:30 AM - 12 PM
TBO Hebrew Lab:
Wednesdays, 4 PM - 6 PM
LEARNING AT TEMPLE BETH OHR IS
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.
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.
Religious School Fee:
Hebrew Lab Fee:
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Fee:
(not including facility fee)
(includes L'Taken Seminar)
Religious School Payment
Hebrew Learning Lab Payment
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.
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!
Alyssa Hess has worked as a teacher at TBO for the past 6 years. She began working in Hebrew Lab in 2015 and then moved to become the Religious School teacher for 8th, 9th, and 10th grade in 2018. Now she is back in Hebrew Lab working with the 5th and 6th graders learn about the prayers they say at their B’nai Mitzvot. Alyssa holds a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Loma Linda University. She also holds two bachelor’s degrees in Cognitive Studies and Health Care Administration. She currently works as a Speech Language Pathologist with TK-8th graders at Lowell Joint School District in La Habra/Whittier. Alyssa loves working with kids and teaching them about Hebrew and Judaism.
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 pinch-hit in teaching with a former student, Hannah Yungman, who is amazing. We use the Union of Reform Judaism Curriculum–CHAI, Learning for Jewish Life, which is a depth-evolving curriculum year upon year. Students blossom with this venue that includes art, poetry, stories, skits, and deep thinking.
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 goes by Morah Julie and teaches in Hebrew Lab (4th grade) and Religious School (6th and 7th grade). She has been teaching in Hebrew Lab since 2019 and Religious School since 2021.
Julie 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.
6th/7th Grade Religious School Curriculum:
The 6th/7th grade class follows the Level 6 Chai curriculum. The thematic thread throughout this curriculum is revelation. While revelation traditionally refers to accepting the Torah at Mount Sinai, this curriculum takes a modern perspective that every generation has the opportunity to be a part of the process of revelation. Specific areas of focus include the Torah service, Jewish values and texts from Writings. Students will also explore deep questions such as “What is my relationship with God?”
My name is Laura Milhander, and I teach the middle elementary grades on Sunday mornings. I use the URJ’s Chai Curriculum to teach lessons in Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Chasadim, as well as other materials and sources to teach the Jewish holidays in a creative and meaningful way. My family joined the TBO family in 2014, and I joined the teaching staff a year later. I have been teaching in Jewish and general education environments for 35 years. I love sharing my joy of celebrating Jewish customs and learning with children and look forward to doing so for many years to come.