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Temple School

For online Temple School Registration for 2019/20, click here, or download the forms here.

For the online Temple School Scholarship Application for 2019/20, click here, or download the application here.

Download the 2019/20 Parent Handbook here.

Our mission is to foster a love of Jewish learning in a joyful, engaging and supportive community.

Pizza in the Hut Simchat Torah Celebration
All School Family Service and Kindergarten Consecration
Sunday, October 20, 5:00 PM

You won’t want to miss this year’s Simchat Torah at TBE! We will begin in our TBE sukkah with “pizza in the hut” at 5:00 PM. Please rsvp to Sarah at with the number of adults and kids so we know how much pizza to order. Join us in the Sanctuary at 5:45 PM, for an all-school family service, which will also honor our kindergarteners as they begin their Jewish exploration with Temple School. After this, we move into the Social Hall. With our own variation of the joyous Simchat Torah traditional hakafot, we dance around with the Torah. Then we all help to unroll the whole Torah in a huge circle so that we can have the unique opportunity to glance at the Torah's entire glorious cycle. Sleepy children (and adults) will be able to leave early, but those who stay will nosh (snack) and schmooz (chat) together as we wrap up the celebration with a delicious oneg.

Click here for the 2019-20 Temple School calendar

Click here for the 7th grade and Hebrew High
                                            2019 fall calendar.

Click here for the 7th grade and Hebrew High
                                  2020 winter/spring calendar.

TBE takes pride in the strongest and most comprehensive Jewish programming for children and teens in Santa Cruz County, including our deeply meaningful and personalized Bar and Bat Mitzvah program. Your children will make Jewish friends, experience the joy of Jewish tradition and become immersed in their Jewish heritage, culture and community.

Mazel Tots for Parents and Tots: Our wonderful monthly Sunday morning program, 9:45-11:15 AM, invites youngsters and their parents to sing, create, meet, have fun, and learn about Judaism. All are welcome.

Temple School - kindergarten through 10th grade: Temple School at Temple Beth El is an exciting and dynamic place for kids, probably quite different from the Religious school experience you grew up with. Our goal is that our students will love attending and will be proud and delighted to be Jewish.

Because we’re the largest Jewish community in the Monterey Bay area, our students strengthen their Jewish identity by connecting with many other Jewish kids their age - from their earliest memories through their Bar and Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation.

You don’t have to be “religious” to send your children to Temple School. As Jews, we explore what we think and believe without doctrine. Interfaith families are welcome, and we are open and affirming.

Temple School Registration Packet for 2019/20 - Unless you are enrolling your child in kindergarten you must first turn in your Temple Membership form before registering your child(ren) for Temple School.

Temple School Scholarship Application for 2019/20

Hebrew High School is 8th‒10th grades on Wednesday evenings. Students build life-long friendships and choose their own classes as they progress toward Confirmation. Classes are taught by outstanding teachers and rabbis. Please go to the Hebrew High School page to view teacher bios and current course listings.

For information, contact Rabbi Shifra Weiss-Penzias or Congregational Learning Coordinator Sarah Clarkson.


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