Welcome to Temple Emanu-El's Religious School

Temple Emanu-El offers a complete Jewish education experience from pre-K through high school in its three times nationally accredited religious school.

The first rate education your child will receive in our school will give him or her the ability to read Hebrew and will provide them with a complete knowledge of Judaism.

Temple Emanu-El Religious School offers a monthly preschool holiday happenings program during which preschoolers are introduced to many of the Jewish holidays, festivals and traditions through engaging and age appropriate arts and crafts, music and stories. The school’s philosophy is that it is never too young to instill a love of Jewish learning in children.


Classes for children in Kindergarten through second grade build and expand upon this early knowledge while introducing simple prayers and bible stories as well as weekly music classes and trips to the temple library. These classes are a great way for families to get to know the temple, meet new people and begin to build a relationship with the Temple Emanu-El family. Registration for preschool through second grade does not require temple membership.


Classes for students grades 3-6 range take place twice a week, on Sunday and one week day, and include religious studies as well as instruction in reading Hebrew. Seventh grade meets one day midweek. During these years, students and their families have the opportunity to participate in a number of special programs including trips, services, fairs and holiday meals as well as receiving excellent pre-bar/bat mitzvah instruction. Registration for youngsters in grades three through seven does require temple membership.


An exciting, new curriculum and program is being offered for young teens in the eighth and ninth grades. The 8th grade currently meets on Thursday nights from 5:30-7:15 and includes a delicious dinner. The 9th grade currently meets on Sunday morning. The 8th and 9th grade is open to all students whose families are currently members of a temple or synagogue. Confirmation takes place in 10th grade. Students study with the rabbi and participate in a RAC trip. The religious school experience culminates in 11-12th grade post-Confirmation classes also led by our dynamic Rabbi Greg Litcofsky.


 Temple Emanu-El prides itself in being friendly, open and flexible and our doors are open to families whose children have special needs. There is a certified special education teacher on staff who is available to assist in curriculum modification and provide support to families and teachers so that the needs of a wider range of children can be met. On Sunday there is also a self-contained class for students with special needs.


Families who are seeking more information about Temple Emanu-El’s Religious School should contact the School Office at (973) 992-5560 . Temple Emanu-El of West Essex is a Reform Jewish community that brings people together to celebrate our joys, provide support for other times, and meet our religious, educational, social, and cultural needs. All ages are inspired by our rabbi and cantor to perpetuate Judaism by engaging in lifelong learning, embracing Israel, performing acts of social justice, cherishing the Torah, and worshipping together. Our diverse community is welcoming to Jews of all backgrounds including interfaith families and Jews-by-Choice. Within our warm and inviting surroundings, Temple Emanu-El encourages meaningful participation and creates a special sense of belonging.

Upcoming Third and Fourth Grade Emanu-El Family Camp Night

  Please join us on Saturday, November 14, 4:00-5:30 pm for Emanu-El Family Camp Night. It will be a fun-filled night of camp games, camp activities, havdallah and of course smores. Parents and children are [...]

By | November 3rd, 2015|

Seventh Grade Upcoming Field Trip to Community Food Bank of New Jersey

On Tuesday, November 10, 4:00-7:00 pm, our seventh graders will be visiting the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside. Snack and study hall will be available for our students from 3:30-4:00 pm. Then [...]

By | October 30th, 2015|

Seventh Grade Volunteered at the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen

On Monday, October 26, 15 of our seventh graders and two of their mothers joined Susan Cosden, Director of Congregational Learning, and Erica Shulman, Youth Engagement Coordinator, in volunteering at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of [...]

By | October 30th, 2015|

Team Ed Hosts First of Four Parent Meetings

  Team Education, our committee who works with Susan Cosden on curriculum and religious school planning, will be hosting sessions on October 25, December 6, March 6, and April 10 for parents to give us [...]

By | October 22nd, 2015|