Raker Religious School

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2020-2021 RRS Calendar

  • We aspire to provide pathways for students and families to create and strengthen their personal Jewish identities and relationships with their community.
  • Our school community provides a place where one can comfortably explore their heritage, history, values, and culture in order to have a better understanding of Judaism.
  • Throughout the year, we offer Family Learning Experiences.
  • An annual Youth Retreat in Prescott, AZ is open to all 4th–7th We invite them to attend the inspiring and fun camp-style weekend that builds and bonds friendships.

Temple Solel’s Raker Religious School education program begins with our Mazel Kids students and continues through high school. We explore the stories, values, and traditions that bring students and families closer to their spiritual legacy. We strive to provide our students with interactive and challenging experiences that build a foundation of knowledge, relevance, and literacy. Every experience needs to emphasize the core values that we each bring from our diverse traditions and backgrounds.
Shabbat, Jewish history, holiday programs, worship, experiential learning, art, music, Hebrew and family programs are all included in order to provide well-rounded educational experiences. It is our hope that families will be engaged because of the course of study that their child is learning and bringing home.

  • Little Rakers, is open to 3 and 4 year olds (must be potty trained) and will be meeting weekly when Raker is in session. They will be actively engaged in discovering the joy of their Jewish identity. The children will begin to explore the Jewish holidays, Shabbat, and Israel throughout the year. Registration is required.
  •  Raker Religious School K–7th Grade, the curriculum focuses on creating Jewish memories. Each session includes stories, music, Hebrew and art to immerse students in Torah, Mitzvot, Tzedakah, and celebrations of Shabbat and holidays.
  • Hebrew for 4th–6th grade students focuses on the Alef-Bet, vowels, blending of the sounds and prayers. Hebrew tutoring is available, please contact the Raker Religious School office for more information.
  • 7th grade curriculum is character development through the study of the Holocaust. Throughout the year students and their parents will meet survivors, hear personal anecdotes and study the history of the Holocaust. At the heart of their study will be the acts of courage and resistance of all those that fought against Hitler.
  •  8th – 12th graders can apply to take on leadership roles across the religious school program as Madrichim in Training (8th grade volunteers) or Madrichim (9th – 12th graders). These roles include; teacher assistants, office assistants or working in the Boker Tov Bistro. In addition to the Madrichim program 8th-12th graders are required to be enrolled in Raker Religious School classes.

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Special Programs

Raker Religious School Youth Retreat: As an extension of the learning in the classroom, for 4th-7th graders, we go on a yearly retreat to beautiful Camp Harry and Daisy Stein in Prescott, AZ, for an inspiring and camp-style weekend that reinforces friendships, helps to establish our community, and builds on the importance of experiential learning.
PACT (Parents and Children Together) (NEW!) will be held during the year for grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6; each group coming once for their day of learning during Raker Religious School hours. Dates for the PACT program are on back of the school calendar. The PACT program will consist of both parents and students studying the same subject; parents with the rabbis or community leaders and the students with their teacher. After the study sessions, the parents and students will come together to complete a project and then finish the morning with T’filah.
K & 1st grade–November 3rd
2nd & 3rd grades–February 2nd
4th & 5th grades –October 20th
6th grades–February 23rd
Parent Open House (NEW!) Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30pm is our first ever open house. This is a chance for our parents to come and meet the faculty and see the classrooms. A lite dessert reception will be served.
Sixth Grade Limmud (NEW!) This is a new collaborative activity with Congregation Beth Israel, Temple Chai, and Temple Kol Ami. We are bringing the sixth graders together for a morning of study and fun, while giving them a chance to build community. It is scheduled for November 17, 9:30-11:30am. The subject to be studied will be Israel.

For more information on Raker Religious School contact rrs@templesolel.org.