Religious School

Morris Gold Religious School (2023-2024)

A unique, one morning a week program leading to Bar or Bat Mitzvah — and beyond! School meets from 9 a.m. until noon each Sunday (unless otherwise noted due to holidays).

Annual tuition is only —

  • $475 Kindergarten to 3rd grade ($400 for additional siblings)
  • $$675 4th grade to Bar/Bat Mitzvah (additional siblings $600)
  • $475 Confirmation Class ($400 for add’l siblings)

And there is always room for one more!


The goal of Jewish education is to give the child the opportunity to develop a Jewish identity and to participate in and build an appreciation of Jewish Religious and cultural life. The following is a listing of some of the subjects covered in each of our classes. Please see Rabbi Sobel for more details about what your student will be learning this year.

Grade Social Studies Hebrew
Kindergarten & 1st Grade Introduction to Shabbat, Holidays and Torah/Bible Stories Simple Temple vocabulary
2nd & 3rd Grades Life Cycle events, Holidays and Torah/Bible Stories Alef Bet, simple prayer vocabulary
4th & 5th Grades Life Cycle events, Holidays and Torah study (weekly portion) Simple prayers (e.g., candles, wine, bread, Chanukah) Shema, Torah prayers, long kiddush, weekly Torah portion
6th & 7th Grades Timeline of Jewish History and Holidays, Ethics including a social action (Tikkun Olam) project Review all prayers (packet), Torah & Haftora
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Specialized training and preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah
8th, 9th & 10th Grades Modern Jewish History, Jewish Ethics and Comparative Religion culminating in confirmation

About Morris Gold

Morris Gold was one of the founding members of Temple Beth Emet, one of its Presidents, and a strong supporter of its religious school.

Morris Gold was an intelligent, hard working, generous man who never let life’s trials, tribulations and tragedies slow him down or get him down. He was the kind of man who was committed to his family, to his synagogue, and to his country. He had many passions including reading, writing (especially Temple press releases) and loving life. But the greatest of Morrie’s passions was learning new things and always sharing his learning with others. As we are commanded to do, “learn so you may teach,” Morrie did. He was a man who had strong convictions but could change if he found his ideas were not all in the best interest of the Temple. He was a man who loved quiet and solitude, yet he could be quite loud when the Temple needed defending. Most of all, Morrie was the person new people always met when they came to services because he would go out and great them.

That is why the religious school is named for Morrie. He is what education should be – quiet some time and loud other times. Teaching you to have strong opinions but allowing you to change them when presented with new information. Most of all, education, like Morrie, should go out and greet you and make you feel welcome. This is what we aim for our school. This is who Morris Gold was and that is why our school bears his name. May his life be an inspiration to us all and may all out students learn from his example.

Rabbi Mark H. Sobel
Education Director