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 forms for the 2016-2017 year can be found in the Member’s Only section of our website. You must be a member to enroll your student in our Religious and Hebrew Schools.


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


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 Ross Brown in the office during regular office hours for more information.

Engaging Israel: Foundations of a New Relationship—A Course Looking at Israel and Jewish Identity

A reprise of a successful course given two years ago, the iEngage Israel course of the Shalom Hartman Institute reframes the discussion about the enduring significance of the State of Israel for contemporary Jews in the Diaspora. The curriculum elevates the conversation about Israel by rooting it in Jewish values and ideas rather than in a response to crisis.

This course equips individuals and communities with a Jewish values-based vocabulary to define and articulate why Israel can and should be fundamental to their Jewish identity.

Sessions led by Rabbi Jonathan Biatch with occasional guest speakers. Participants will examine:

  • How can Israel create and maintain a Jewish democracy?
  • What values should a Jewish state embody?
  • What are the benefits of Jewish sovereignty?
  • How should a Jewish state exercise military power ethically?
  • Why should American Jews care about Israel, and what should be the nature of our relationship with the Jewish state?

Nine Thursday evenings, 7:00–9:00 pm: March 2, 9, 16, 23; April 6, 20, 27;
May 4, 11, at Temple Beth El

Sponsored by Temple Beth El’s Adult Education Committee, the course is open to the whole community.

$22 for TBE members, $27 for nonmembers. Minimum of 10 participants, with a limit of 20, so register soon!

Register for Engaging Israel here.

For more information, please contact Rabbi Biatch, 608-238-3123 or rabbi@tbemadison.org, or Ross Brown, 608-238-3123 or school@ tbemadison.org.