Talmud Torah

TBI’s Religious School

Announcements

*Register for the 2022-23 school year is open!*

All classes for the 2022-23 school year, on both Sundays and Wednesdays, will be held in person at TBI.  The first day of classes will be Sunday, September 18, 2022.  You can see the new class schedule and the calendar for the school year by clicking HERE or by going to the Schedule tab.

Registration is now done through ShulCloud.  Please log in to your ShulCloud account, click on the “Start School Enrollment” tile, and select Talmud Torah 2022-23.  Check the “Registration” tab on this page for more info.

JEWL class selection for Fall Term is now live!  Go HERE for class descriptions.  If your child is enrolled in the full program OR individual JEWL classes for 2022-23, please contact talmudtorah@tbieugene.org and request the link to the JEWL class sign-up.

*Adult Boker Tov lounge available on Sundays!*

After drop-off on Sunday mornings, adults may come around to the south/main entrance and enter the TBI building. The main entryway will be sectioned off and available for parents and guardians to hang out and visit in the “Boker Tov Lounge” while their children are in Talmud Torah. Parents and guardians may bring their own food and drink as to the lounge area.

COVID-19 Safety Protocol

PLEASE NOTE: For all services and events at TBI, proof of vaccination or proof of medical exemption from a licensed medical doctor required at the door. Unvaccinated adults and children over 5 must show proof of a negative rapid COVID test taken within 24 hours prior to attending the service or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours prior to attending. Children 5 and under do not require a vaccine or test. Masks are required indoors when not eating/drinking. Masks are NOT required outdoors.

If you have further questions or concerns regarding these guidelines please reach out to the Reopening Task Force or the TBI Board.


We are always on the lookout for inspired and motivated new staff members at Talmud Torah.  Take a look at our curriculum tab for a better understanding of the different kind of classes (Sunday cohort, Hebrew, and JEWL) we offer.  If you are interested in teaching for Talmud Torah, please contact us at talmudtorah@tbieugene.org.


To register for Talmud Torah 2022-23, follow these steps:

(1) Review the Talmud Torah policies below, including tuition rates for the 2022-23 school year.

(2) Look at the “Learning and Curriculum” tab to learn about the different parts of our program: Cohort, Hebrew, and JEWL.

(3) Log into your ShulCloud account, click on the “Start School Enrollment” tile, and select Talmud Torah 2022-23.

(4) Make sure to select a volunteer role for your family for the school year HERE.  Your enrollment in Talmud Torah will not be confirmed until you have done so (if you have questions about this, please contact us at talmudtorah@tbieugene.org).

(5) You will be informed of the options for JEWL class selection available closer to the start of each term.

(6) If you are not a member of TBI and would like to enroll your child(ren) in stand-alone Hebrew or JEWL classes, please contact us at talmudtorah@tbieugene.org.

(7) If you are not yet a TBI member and would like to enroll your child(ren) in Cohort classes and/or the full Talmud Torah program, you must first join TBI.  Go HERE to complete a membership inquiry form or call the main office at 541-485-7218.

 

If you have any questions about registration, contact talmudtorah@tbieugene.org.


Policies

You can view the complete Talmud Torah policies updated here.

Here are some key excerpts that may be helpful to you.

  • For policy information related to the b’nai mitzvah program, please see the b’nai mitzvah page.
  • Regarding eligibility and participation:
    • Students may enroll in Kita Gan if they turn five before December 31st of the kindergarten year.
    • Some children with fall birthdays (before Dec 31st) may choose to be in a Talmud Torah cohort class that is a year ahead of their day school grade. Parents are encouraged to talk with the Talmud Torah director to determine the best fit for each child.
    • Students that get a late start in Talmud Torah may be asked to start in a cohort class that is younger than their day school grade.
    • Cohort classes are for TBI member children only unless there is special permission.
    • Stand-alone JEWL and Hebrew classes are open to non-members.

 

 Tuition for 2022-2023 Member With sibling discount Non-Member
Sunday Cohort Class Only (all grades) $520/year $468/year NA
Full Program (grades 2-7):

·       Sunday morning cohort class

·       Hebrew classes

·       JEWL classes (as many as you choose)

$865/year $778.50/year NA
Individual JEWL or Hebrew class (grades 2-7)

(Hebrew classes meet twice a week, students who are only able to come once a week pay the same as students who come twice a week)

$136/term NA $150/term

 

Tuition details:

Enrollment in Sunday Cohort Class only (preschool-grade 7): $520/year ($468 with sibling discount)

Enrollment in Full Program (grades 2-7) (Sunday cohort, Hebrew, and JEWL classes): $865/year ($778.50 w/ sibling discount)

Individual Hebrew or JEWL classes: $136/term for members; $150/term for non-members (no sibling discounts available)

TBI offers a 10% discount after the first child to families who enroll two or more siblings. The discount applies to the lesser tuition, with the more expensive tuition considered as the first child. If your family is able to waive this discount, it is a generous gift to Talmud Torah.

There is a non-refundable $100 registration and materials fee included in your tuition.

Starting partway through the year:  Families who start at any time during the first semester will pay full tuition. Those who start at the beginning or during the second semester will pay 1/2 tuition.

Tuition refunds are as follows:

– Prior to the first day of the 1st term, full tuition is refunded, less the $100 non-refundable registration and materials fee.  At that time, we’ve hired teachers, bought supplies, and established class sizes based on the numbers we expected.

– Prior to the first day of the 2nd time, 50% of the tuition is refunded, less the $100 non-refundable registration and materials fee.

– There is no refund after the first day of the 2nd term.  If you are being billed monthly, you will continue to be billed for the remainder of the year.

– Families with students who have special needs or other special circumstances may discuss exceptions to this policy with the Rabbi Educator or the Executive Director.

Food:

  • Talmud Torah offers snacks to students on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. If your child has special dietary needs, you are welcome to bring an alternative snack.
  • Peanut-Free Zone: We have life-threatening allergies among our student population. No foods with peanut ingredients may be served or present in the Talmud Torah area of the building or in conjunction with a Talmud Torah event unless the staff has made special arrangements to take all necessary precautions.
  • Wondering about TBI kashrut policies for bringing food to shul events?  Here’s a summary.

Talmud Torah Staff

Rabbi Alyson Solomon
Rabbi Educator
Email: rabbisolomon@tbieugene.org

 

 

 

Rachel Burstein
Talmud Torah Administrator
Email: rachel@tbieugene.org

 

 

Talmud Torah Advisory Committee

The Talmud Torah Advisory Committee works collaboratively with the Rabbi Educator to support the mission of the Talmud Torah educational experience at TBI. During the school year, we meet monthly to think and act in areas of need for the Talmud Torah school and community building ranging from supporting our teachers, holiday planning, family days of learning and Camp Chaverim. We also serve as ambassadors of the Talmud Torah community to the larger TBI and Eugene community, reporting annually to the congregation on the status and needs of the school.

The committee is interested in hearing from parents and other members of the community. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas for the Talmud Torah program, feel free to contact either co-chair or any committee member (listed below).  You can reach the committee at ttadvisory@tbieugene.org.

Talmud Torah Advisory Committee Members:

Naamith Heiblum (co-chair)
Asher Tubman (co-chair)
Monique Balbuena
Joan Bayliss
Anna Gonzales
Lily Marshall-Bass
Gabe Tabak

Weekly Schedule for 2022-23

(All classes are in person at TBI)

Sundays

9:30 am-11:15 am – Cohort (includes 30 min music/shira sessions by age group)

11:30 am-12:15pm – Hebrew classes

12:30 pm-1:15pm – JEWL  classes

 

Wednesdays

4:15pm -5:00 pm – Hebrew classes

5:10 pm-5:55 pm – JEWL classes


 Calendar for 2022-23 (5783):

*note that this calendar is always subject to change; please check it regularly*

TT Calendar 2022-23

 

Teen Sundays for 2022-23 (all 12:30-1:15pm):

October 2, 2022

October 16, 2022

November 6, 2022

November 20, 2022

December 4, 2022

January 15, 2023

January 29, 2023

February 12, 2023

March 5, 2023

March 19, 2023

April 16, 2023

May 7, 2023

May 21, 2023

June 4, 2023

Learning & Curriculum

Vision of Talmud Torah

Talmud Torah (TT) is the religious school of Temple Beth Israel of Eugene. At TT students from preschool through 7th grade come to learn about Jewish life, practice, prayer, ritual and history.

Our vision and mission is to plant seeds of Jewish joy, literacy and practice that will continue to grow over a lifetime in the lives of our students and their families. 

We meet Sundays and Wednesday afternoons depending on the grade and students interests. Our overall curriculum and school philosophy and vision is rooted in Our Four Pillars: relevance, depth, experiential and relational learning.

The focus for each of our Sunday cohort classes* is as follows:

Zra’im – 3 to 5 year old – Torah Stories & Me

Gan – Kindergarten: Having Fun Being Jewish

Alef – 1st grade: Colors
Deep Dives:

  1. The Rainbow
  2. Adom/Red
  3. Clothes and Colors
  4. Colorful Fruits of Israel

Bet – 2nd grade: Animals
Deep Dives:

  1. Jonah and the Whale/Ocean Animals
  2. Birds and Freedom
  3. Bilaam’s Donkey
  4. Frogs in Egypt

Gimmel – 3rd grade: Our Physical Bodies
Deep Dives:

  1. Our Eyes
  2. Our Feet
  3. Our Hands
  4. Our Ears

Dalet – 4th grade: The World of Nature
Deep Dives:

  1. The Sun, Moon and Seasons
  2. Mountains
  3. The Ocean
  4. Rocks

Hey – 5th grade: Courage
Deep Dives:

  1. Admitting a Mistake
  2. Standing Up
  3. Being Proudly Jewish
  4. Resisting Peer Pressure

Vav – 6th grade: Life Passages
Deep Dives:

  1. Birth
  2. Siblings
  3. Vocation
  4. Marriage/Partnership
  5. Self-Creation
  6. Death/Legacy

Zayin – 7th grade: Hineni: Showing Up for Our Lives 
Deep Dives:

  1. Showing Up to do the Hard Thing
  2. Showing Up for our Family
  3. Showing Up for People Who are Suffering
  4. Showing Up for the Community 

*Note that some years we may combine cohort classes due to class size.

Click here for a detailed index of the Deep Dives (lessons) within each cohort subject. 

Students in 2nd through 7th grade can also take multi-age Hebrew and JEWL (Jewish Experience, Wisdom, and Lifestyle). JEWL classes are elective classes and include such subjects as culture, history, art, Israel and more.

Talmud Torah is made possible by our dedicated and enthusiastic staff of teachers, morim, with a love of teaching, children and a passion for Jewish identity and life-long learning. Most Talmud Torah classes also have a teen madrich/ah (TA) who is a Talmud Torah graduate. Our programs act as a supplement to Jewish home life, which, along with Jewish summer camp and a connection to Israel, all combine to deepen individual Jewish identity and family practice.

Talmud Torah is the religious school of Temple Beth Israel, led by Rabbi Solomon, TBI’s Rabbi Educator, Rachel Burstein, Talmud Torah’s Administrator, our Talmud Torah Advisory Committee co-chaired by Naamith Heiblum and Asher Tubman.

These cohort curriculum resources are the result of a multi-year process lovingly curated, intricately detailed and thoughtfully facilitated by Rabbi Steve Cohen, Rabbi Solomon’s mentor. The process included direct consultation with Dr. Isa Aron, leading expert in Jewish supplementary education, visits to successful programs around the country in Boston, San Francisco/Oakland and Los Angeles and the engagement of expert curriculum writers and master educators resulting in the curriculum resources we are going to make available to our staff to explore and experiment with this year.

The full description of the Four Pillars, access to Dr. Aron’s article and other resources can be explored here.

Talmud Torah is the religious school of Temple Beth Israel, led by Rabbi Solomon, TBI’s Rabbi Educator, Rachel Burstein, Talmud Torah’s Administrator, our Talmud Torah Advisory Committee co-chaired by Zehra Greenleaf and Naamith Heiblum.

 

Talmud Torah offers three different types of classes: Sunday cohort classes, Hebrew classes, and JEWL classes.  See below to understand the different types of offerings and how they create a unified program of Jewish education. If one of your goals for your child is to become b’nei mitzvah, make sure you see that page for information about requirements.


Sunday Morning Cohort Classes

Students meet with the other children in their grade levels (K-7) to build community with their peers, develop a basic foundation of Jewish literacy, and celebrate Judaism together.  In these classes, students focus on the Jewish holidays and associated rituals, Torah stories, and tefillah (prayer) and music.

Hebrew is part of the oral and aural experience of the class as they learn about holidays and basic elements of Judaism.  This provides the essential foundation for learning reading skills in our focused Hebrew classes.

Classes are from 9:30-11:15 most Sundays (barring holidays and vacations) from the middle of September through the beginning of June.

For students working towards b’nai mitzvah credits, each trimester of the Sunday morning cohort class counts as one credit.  Students must have attended class at least 75% of the time to earn the credit for the term.


Hebrew Reading Classes

Hebrew reading classes are available for student in grades 2-7.  Children need to have a solid aural foundation of familiar Hebrew words and be comfortable with reading and writing in their own language before aleph-bet and decoding skills are introduced. Our Sunday morning cohort classes provide excellent support for establishing an introductory Hebrew foundation with spoken words like Shabbat, shalom, Torah, boker tov, hag sameah, and the phrases commonly used in blessings.

Hebrew reading classes have a clear goal of enabling students to decode Hebrew prayers, blessings, and songs in the siddur (prayer book) and passages from Torah.  As students work their way up the Hebrew levels, they should also master a small but powerful set of Hebrew vocabulary words that are used most regularly in synagogue life.  This skill set is markedly different from learning to read and write in either their first language or a normal  foreign language class.

Classes meet twice a week on Sundays from 11:30-12:15 and on Wednesday afternoons from 4:15-5:00 for a semester, with two semesters per school year.  Students are strongly encouraged to come twice a week to best facilitate learning, but can master the material with additional independent work if there is a personal schedule conflict. Students are not required to take Hebrew reading classes, but families should be aware that siddur/Biblical Hebrew is an important component of most students’ b’nai mitzvah preparation.  If students haven’t learned enough Hebrew, they aren’t able to “read” from the Torah or assist in leading a Shabbat service.

Here are the Hebrew Level class descriptions (including benchmarks for demonstrating proficiency and earning credit).The percentages to the right indicate the score needed on the assessment tool to show students have met the benchmarks and may progress to the next level.

Hebrew 1: Aleph-Bet

  • know names and sounds of the Hebrew letters including the 26 letters and 5 sofit (final) forms. Proficiency: 23/31 (75%)
  • be able to reasonably write letters (all forms) with the support of a sample to look at. Proficiency: 23/31 (75%)

Hebrew 2: Vowels & Syllables

  • know names and sounds of the Hebrew letters including the 26 letters and 5 sofit forms. Proficiency: 28/31 (90%)
  • be able to reasonably write letters (all forms) from memory. Proficiency: 25/31 (80%)
  • demonstrate the sounds made by the nine most common vowel signs (see chart to right; names of vowels are not necessary). Proficiency: 15/18 (85%)
  • combine letters and vowels to form syllables. Proficiency: 80%
  • match pictures/verbal cues with simple, aurally-familiar Hebrew words (As in “point to the word Shabbat.”) Proficiency: 70%

Hebrew 3: Decoding Words

  • match pictures/verbal cues with simple aurally-familiar Hebrew words. Proficiency:100%
  • read 10 familiar vocabulary words used during holidays and in regular Jewish life. Proficiency: 80%
  • sound out potentially unfamiliar siddur Hebrew words (reading may be bumpy, but they can accurately sound out the word syllable by syllable). Proficiency: 70%

Hebrew 4: Foundations of Roots & Grammar through Prayer  In level 4, students focus on the basic everyday and holiday blessings, complete mastery of 100 vocabulary words (started in Hebrew level 1) and learn to identify:

  • masculine/feminine and singular/plural ending in words. 
  • Hebrew infinitives, verbs that begin with “lamed” meaning “to do something,” (i.e. to speak, to listen, to bless, to make holy, to stand).
  • the definite article, “hay,” meaning “the”.
  • how prefixes become prepositions and conjunctions for  “and” ,“from”, “in”, “to”, “as.”                
  • how to make a sentence negative using “lo.” 
  • a root “shoresh” in a word by labeling it and defining it (speak, listen, bless, make holy, stand). 

Hebrew 5: Intermediate Prayers We have four different classes at this level that can be taken in any order. We generally offer two of the four classes each term. Students ideally take them all (and can repeat a class) before moving on to Amidah.  

5a: Shema v’ahavta
5b: Kiddush and Aleynu
5c: Yotzer Or and Ahava Rabah
5d: The Torah service and Havdallah

Hebrew 6: Amidah and other Advanced Liturgy In this class students will use the skills acquired in levels 1-4 to continue tackling pronunciation and meaning for the Amidah prayer and other advanced liturgy in preparation for b’nei mitzvah.

Talmud Torah staff and parents work together to determine which Hebrew level is right for each student. Regardless of attendance (or even enrollment), students will receive one credit for the class (and move to the next level) when they can demonstrate mastery of the benchmarks for that level. Some students may master a level in a trimester; others may take two or three terms to move to the next class.  Both approaches are respectable. 

See more about our Hebrew Levels, Resources, and Benchmarks.


Jewish Experience, Wisdom, & Lifestyle Classes (JEWLs)

A solid Jewish education includes much more than just Hebrew, holidays, and Torah stories.  Traditionally, religious school has also been concerned with ethics and values, social action work, life cycle rituals, learning about the rest of the Jewish Bible, Jewish history, Jewish culture, and Israel.  There’s a lot to cover!  Our JEWL classes address this rich assortment of topics. We agree that these topics are an essential part of Jewish education, but families may prioritize the topics differently. We will offer several JEWL classes each semester for students in grades 2-7 to satisfy a wide variety of Jewish interests and needs. Some classes will have specific pre-requisites or age requirements. Most classes will meet weekly on Wednesday afternoons for 45 minutes; some classes meet on Sunday afternoons.

We recommend that students in the full program take a minimum of two JEWL classes a year.  You may take as many as you like. Some students’ schedules will make it possible to take two JEWL classes in the same semester.

Previously offered JEWL classes have included: Life Cycle Rituals, Modern Conversational Hebrew, Hebrew through Pop Music, Art, Purim Shpiel, Jewish Cooking, Judaism and Nature, Biblical History, PJ Our Way Book Club, Shtetl Stories, People Worth Menschioning, Understanding Tzedaka, Choir, Torah Caretakers, Holy Friendships, Kosher Living, Hebrew Calligraphy, Introduction to Yiddish Language and Culture, Introduction to Israel: People and Culture, Jewish Collage and Printmaking, and Judaism and the American Comic Book Tradition.

Students can also design their own independent learning JEWL class by working with the Talmud Torah director.  Here is the Independent Learning Agreement.


Talmud Torah’s Curriculum is Rooted in Four Pillars 

Our Talmud Torah Community will stand on and strive to embody the following Four Pillars – Four Kavannot, Guiding Intentions – inspired by the Netivot Curriculum developed by Rabbi Steve Cohen:

Relevance

Children are naturally curious and hungry to learn when the content matters to them.  Our year-long themes are universal subjects chosen based upon what we know matters to children: Having Fun Being Jewish (K) Colors (1st grade) Animals (2nd grade), Our Physical Bodies (3rd grade), The World of Nature (4th grade), Courage (5th grade), Life Passages (6th grade), Hineni: Showing Up for Our Lives (7th grade).  The Jewish Tradition offers deep and ancient pathways within these universal human themes.

Depth

One deep encounter with Jewish wisdom and tradition leaves a more lasting impression than a series of superficial encounters.  Learning one single story well, with time to explore and discover the hidden depths of the story and the characters, will bring students into an intimate relationship with that story and those characters.  Similarly with a single mitzvah, or a single Jewish tradition.  We want our students to take a few strong first steps, laying a foundation for an entire life of Jewish learning and living.

Experiential Learning

A human being is an entire world, comprised of bones and muscle and blood, skin and eyes, nerves and brain, thoughts and feelings, memories, desires, fears and hopes. In Judaism, children and adults express every aspect of themselves.  And effective Jewish learning engages the entire person: mind and heart and body.  Therefore in Talmud Torah students will be learning with their entire self: bodies moving, voices singing, hands working, noses smelling, minds thinking, hearts wakening to remember, to love, to long, and to hope.

Relationships and learning

The word Torah means “Teaching” and it refers to the mysterious process through which one human being passes their own wisdom on to another….a child, a student, or a friend. Torah only happens in relationship.  That is why at Talmud Torah, in every interaction, we work to create an environment of love and relationship, in which students and teachers and parents care about each other, and are constantly teaching and learning from each other.

Background and Process Involved in Building this Cohort Curriculum

The process of building this curriculum relied heavily on Dr. Aron’s article “Upending the Grammar of the Conventional Religious School” in the Journal of Jewish Education (14 August 2014). This article lays out four questions which became key in guiding the process:

  1. How do we teach Judaism to children of families who are not actively participating in Jewish life?  Aron calls this the challenge of “enculturation.”
  2. How do we create a sense of community within the classroom and school?
  3. How do we make Jewish supplementary education “experiential,” as it is in the Jewish summer camps?
  4. How do we make Jewish education convenient enough for students and families living extremely busy lives?  Aron refers to this as “pragmatic considerations.”

Rational and Implementation of Netivot and it’s Translation for Talmud Torah – A Video Conversation with Director Jen Lewis & Rabbi Solomon

This year is very much a soft launch / process of integrating this curriculum with our own Talmud Torah cohort resources. We welcome your thoughts and ideas along the way!


Other Resources:

  • Alef-Bet flashcards: One good way to make sure your kids learn the alef-bet is to have flash cards readily available around the house.  Put them on the breakfast table.  Quiz each other in the car.  Look over them while waiting for dinner at a restaurant.  You may download a set of cards here (you’ll need to print front and back on card stock and then cut them out), or pick up a set ready to go in the TT office.  Any small donation to Talmud Torah is appreciated, but not required.
  • Sound recordings of the way prayers are said/sung at TBI.
  • hand washing blessing card
  • Here’s a short excerpt from the (old but not dated) Jewish Parents’ Almanac on Shalom Bayit, peace in the home.
  • We have given every family a copy of the fabulous Beginner’s Dictionary of Prayerbook Hebrew available from EKS Publishing.  If you can’t find one, you can get another one from us, the publisher or from Amazon.
  • Recommended Reading
  • Teaching about the Holocaust Resource Page
  • Israel: Here’s an educational news magazine featuring cool stuff in Israel called Israel21c, and here’s a 6 minute travel-type video called Israel: Seeing is Believing, showing the diversity of experiences and environments in Israel.
  • Jewish Opportunities for Teens and Young Adults
  • Hebrew/Jewish educational websites for kids (Some of these may not align with Reconstructionist values as well as others.):

TBI Talmud Torah needs you!

Do you have some Hebrew skills? Are you comfortable with liturgy? Do you have a particular Jewish subject you might be interested in teaching to children or teenagers? Do you consider teaching the next generation of Jewish adults to be a mitzvah? Do you have 1-2 hours a week in your schedule available to teach on a Sunday morning and/or Wednesday afternoon (plus some lesson prep time)?  If so, Talmud Torah needs you! Did you know that most of our teaching staff are not professional educators, and weren’t aware how much they’d LOVE teaching Talmud Torah until they gave it a try? Please contact Rabbi Solomon at rabbisolomon@tbieugene.org and let’s talk! What do you have to lose?

Our goal is to keep our Talmud Torah community as safe as possible. The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 include being vaccinated when eligible, wearing face masks, keeping physical distance from others, staying home when ill, and practicing other good health hygiene habits. Thank you for helping to protect your family and school community by following public health officials’ safety guidance.

We are aligning Talmud Torah’s practices and policies with TBI and those of the 4J District. Our Reopening Task Force and the Talmud Torah Advisory Committee are closely monitoring the situation as well. 

All Talmud Torah teachers, tutors, mentors and volunteers, and all Preschool teachers, staff and volunteers, must be fully vaccinated prior to having in-person contact with students, or provide a medical exemption from a license medical doctor. 

TBI’s current covid polices can be seen HERE

If your child is enrolled in 4J we implore you to sign your child up for the weekly, free saliva testing through OHA/UO. Families have to opt in to participate. Please sign your child up today. https://www.4j.lane.edu/2021/09/free-weekly-covid-19-testing-for-students-available/

If your child or anyone in your household tests positive or has any signs of being potentially unwell, please notify TalmudTorah@tbieugne.org as soon as possible and STAY HOME. Please consult current public health guidelines for quarantining. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-guidance.html

If we receive any notifications of COVID positive participants we will notify the class/cohort as soon as possible. Receiving a cohort notification does not mean that the student has been exposed to COVID-19; it is a courtesy notice for transparent communication to the school community. We will send an email to all parents of Talmud Torah children and specify as clearly as possible which class/cohort there was a covid case. 

Notification emails are sent out from talmudtorah@tbieugne.org. 

Again, as considerations related to potential class cancellations, or the need to turn to zoom arise, Talmud Torah will work closely with the Reopening Task Force to determine next steps with safety as our highest priority.

During Talmud Torah itself some of the additional precautions we are taking: 

Drop off / pick up

Students should enter and exit through the preschool doors. To minimize risk, we are asking parents to not enter the TBI building during school hours. 

Parents who absolutely need to be in the building because they have a child with special needs or are dropping off or picking up a child under the age of 5, please send proof of vaccination to talmudtorah@tbieugene.org prior to entering the building. Please do not enter the classroom. You may bring your child into the building but please do not congregate.   

Upon arrival students will need to secure their mask snuggly over nose and mouth and sanitize their hands. 

Classes, Music & Snack

Classroom windows and doors will remain open during class. We will have sanitizer available in the classrooms and request that the students help us to keep the space as clean as possible. 

For music, students will enter and exit the sanctuary and sit according to grade level. Students will have snack in the ohel per cohort and be encouraged to wash their hands thoroughly after snack before returning to class.

Outdoor spaces such as the ohel, front porch, garden courtyard (Sunday only), preschool play areas will be available for use by sign up by teachers. 

For Talmud Torah concerns or questions please reach out to Rabbi Solomon – RabbiSolomon@tbieugene.org. To speak with the Chair of the Reopening Task Force please contact Nina Korican – Nina@tbieugene.org

For more detailed information about protective measures please refer to the 4J district’s COVID-19 Communicable Disease Management Plan, available on this district website at www.4j.lane.edu/coronavirus/blueprint

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