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Jewish Community Preschool

Our Jewish Community Preschool is one of the finest in the area. Offering small classes, loving teachers, Jewish education and celebration, and special visits with the Rabbis; our children thrive and grow daily. Our enrichment programs include Spanish, cooking, bricks for kids, jogging club, and soccer to name just a few! The annual spaghetti dinner and book fair are highlights of the year. Chen Greenberg is the Director and can be reached at Temple Emanuel at (540) 342-3378.

Jewish Community Religious School

We are very proud to participate in our Jewish Community Religious School. In a small city with a limited number of Jewish children, we believe that it is important for all of the Jewish children to know each other. The Jewish Community Religious School (JCRS) meets on Sunday mornings from 9:15- 11:15 am for Pre-Kindergarten to 5th graders and from 9:30-11:30 am for older children. Though the JCRS teaches holidays, lifecycles and history, the curriculum is value-based with an emphasis on living a Jewish life. Constantly innovating and reflecting on better ways to reach our children, the JCRS serves our children well. Marci Brumberg is the Director of the School and can be reached at (540) 314-1212.

Temple Emanuel Hebrew School

Our Hebrew School meets from 11:45 am-1:45 pm every Sunday that the JCRS meets. Though preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah remains the main goal of our school, we also emphasize living according to the Jewish character traits of humility, kindness, generosity etc. Our school offers very small student to teacher ratios and allows each child to learn at his/her own pace.



Our Senior Youth Group - SCOTTY - is open to all Jewish youth in the 8th through 12th grades. SCOTTY is very active in regional events, runs the monthly Kids’ Night Out program, has many social events and in 2016 will be hosting Fall Kallah, during which several hundred students from around the region will be coming to Roanoke the last weekend in October for a weekend of learning and socializing. Lior Bitton is our Youth advisor and  can be reached at the Temple Emanuel office at (540) 342-3378.

March Of The Living

For over a decade, Temple Emanuel has been sending our older High School students on this life changing trip to Poland and Israel. Through the kindness of the Sam and Marion Golden Helping Hands Foundation, the Roanoke Jewish Federation, The Black Fund, the Sisterhood, the Brotherhood and SCOTTY, the vast majority of the trip is sponsored for each teen. The students and their families also develop fundraising programs. After a week of visiting death camps and other Holocaust atrocities, the students travel to Israel to witness first hand the resiliency of the Jewish people. This is a trip about creating strong memories and honoring the lives lost. It is also about understanding that our Jewish future is vibrant and strong. Chen Greenberg teaches the required year long class and accompanies the students. Rabbi Cohen often joins the trip as well.

URJ Summer Camps

Each summer Temple Emanuel proudly sends many of our 4th-10th graders off to summer camps sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism. Our youth tend to particularly love the new specialized camps. For example, some students attended the URJ Six Points Academy in Greensboro, NC, and sharpened their sports skills while living in a Jewish environment. Others have all returned to the Six Points Sci-Tech camp outside of Boston, MA, for two weeks of science fun and the opportunity to sing, pray and live Jewishly. And others have followed in the steps of many of our youth leaders over the years and attended Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY – our movement’s High School leadership camp. They have returned with amazing skills and ideas to aid our senior youth group. We are so thankful that the Teitlebaum Youth Fund and the Jane Black Fund ensure that Jewish summer camping is affordable for all of our students.

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