Temple Beth El With nearly 700 family members, Temple Beth El has a vibrant program of religious, spiritual, educational, social, social action and support activities. Temple Beth El’s two main auxiliaries, the Sisterhood and the Men’s Club, each have an active agenda of programs, services and activities. Temple Beth El is affiliated... Read More

Religious and Hebrew School

Our Religious and Hebrew school programs take our students on a journey from Consecration to Confirmation and beyond. From reciting of the Shema during the Simchat Torah service, to the affirmation of Judaism as Confirmands on the holiday of Shavuot, our students travel a path towards developing their Jewish identities as individuals and as members of a liberal Jewish community connected to the State of Israel and the Jewish People around the world.


We offer Religious School on Sunday mornings throughout the regular school year, as well as Hebrew school once weekly on Wednesdays for children grades 4- 7.


Religious School and Hebrew School registration for the 2017-2018 year can be completed through your Shul Cloud account. If you have questions please contact Rachel at school@tbemadison.org or (608)238-3123. You must be a member to enroll your student in our Religious (Sunday and Hebrew) School.

First Day Welcome Note

Download the PDF of our Religious School Calendar >>Official 2017-2018 Religious School Calendar

Download the Religious School Handbook for 2017-2018 >> School Handbook 2017-2018


Cafe Panim logo with bagel and coffeeCafé Panim

The Café Panim program was developed and is led by the parents of our religious school to create a greater sense of community and involvement among our parents.

The Café is open every Sunday that Religious School is in session from 9:30-11:30am. 

Bring a book, a laptop, a notebook, a sketchbook, a game, your knitting, a puzzle… anything that you’d like to ‘hang out with at the café.’  Share a conversation, a hobby, an idea over coffee, bagels and snacks.  Donations are appreciated and volunteers are welcome.


Adult Education


Adult education is an important part of communal life at Temple Beth El. We believe that lifelong thirst for knowledge and critical exploration of topics — be they biblical, or even about aspects of contemporary life — help us to maintain a vital connection to our Judaism, and to each other.

Torah Study

Our facilitated Torah Study group meets every Saturday morning at 9am, and discusses the current parasha (torah portion for the week).

To see this week’s parsha, click here.

Non-members are welcome to attend Torah Study at Temple Beth El, but should call Nicole Jahr by 2:00 pm on the preceding Friday to let her know they are attending.

Being Jewish means you learn and do, all your life.  Our tradition teaches us the world stands on Torah, Avodah and Gmilut Chasadim; learning, spirituality and social involvement. That is, head, heart and hand.

We point our children’s learning toward that moment when they become full members of our community, when they become Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  What about after that?  How do you develop, re-define your own adult Jewish lives? How do you re-engage as adults?

Become a Chai Mitzvah
GrowYour Judaism Through Ritual, Study, and Social Action

Our congregation has decided to launch an innovative initiative for adults called Chai Mitzvah.  

You will participate in a monthly learning group with a specially designed curriculum that focuses on real life, relevant issues.  You will also choose an individual study topic that is personally interesting to you, adopt a new ritual or deepen an existing practice, and engage in a social action activity in your community.  Then, at the end of the nine-month program, we celebrate
your journey.

Nicole Jahr, our Director of Lifelong Learning will be guiding you along this journey to enrich your Judaism through ritual, study and social action.

$30 registration fee

Contact Nicole Jahr 608-238-3123 or learn@tbemadison.org or see Rachel Sauer in the office during regular office hours for more information.


Modern Israeli Song Book

Thursdays, October 26-November 16 (12:30-1:30 pm)

Register Here!

Explore the amazing music, artists, and poetry of the State of Israel from the 1950s to the present time. Take a journey with Cantor Sharon Brown-Levy as she guides us through live music, videos, and slide presentations of the Modern Israeli Song Book. Come to listen, learn, and even sing along! Bring your own lunch.


Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: Torah, Prophets, Writings with Rabbi Bonnie Margulis

This course will discuss the history and development of the Biblical text from a scientific-critical viewpoint, using a variety of methodologies – historical, literary, source-critical, and form-critical. This course is divided into three sections; students can choose to take one, two, or all three sections.

Part 1: Torah; Oct 16, 30, Nov 13, 27, Dec 11, 2017

Part 2: Prophets; January 8, 22, Feb 5, 19, March 5, 2018

Part 3: Writings; March 19, April 2, 16, 30, May 14, 2018

Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Student Fees: $50 per section, $150 for all 3 sections.

Minimum number of students: 10

Register Here!