Ma'or Religious School




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Beginning in the fall of 2013, Temple Reyim is embarking on a new, exciting adventure into twenty-first century Jewish education. We have collaborated with Congregation Mishkan Tefila and Temple Emeth to form Ma’or, an integrated, student-centered educational program for children in grades K-5.

Ma’or, which means “illumination, is a fusion of the Hebrew names of the three synagogues and represents a collaborative adventure that is unprecedented in the Boston area. Ma’or reflects the cutting edge of Jewish educational philosophy and trends for the future. The program is directed by Samara Katz, Temple Emeth’s Director of Congregational Learning and Erin Gubert, Religious School Director at Congregation Mishkan Tefila.


The vision for Ma’or includes student-centered education – making the material relevant and connected to the students’ lives and giving students opportunities to delve into areas of study of interest to them. Instead of a proscribed curriculum, there will be a variety of courses offered each year from which students can choose. Realizing that children learn in different ways, Ma’or will be accessible to students with a variety of learning styles and will use the latest technology as a tool to present materials in ways that will actively engage all learners.

Curriculum and Learning Objectives  

The curriculum is organized around five Pillars of Study – Torches of Illumination:

• Am Yisrael: The People of Israel

• Torah: Tanach and other Jewish texts

• Tikkun Olam: Community service and social action

• God and Spirituality: Prayer and holiday rituals

• Jewish Languages: Focus on Hebrew but inclusion of other languages

Ma’or will extend beyond the traditional classroom to connect learning and living, studying and doing, resulting in the creation of a community of lifelong learners and active members who are excited, fulfilled, and purposeful in their Jewish journeys. Ma’or will tap into a wide range of community resources, integrating the Jewish educational setting/school, family education, connections with each synagogue, and a relationship with the greater Jewish community to provide a relevant and meaningful experience for its students.

Hours and Location  

Grades K-1: Sundays 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Grades 2-5: Sundays 9:00 am-12:00 pm and Tuesdays: 3:30-6:00 pm

Grades 6-7: Graduates of Ma'or will continue to participate in the Makor program at Hebrew College.

Location: the Newton JCC, located at 333 Nahanton Street, Newton MA 02459.

To Contact Ma'or's Director, Samara Katz, please call 617-564-0450. To reach the Associate Director Erin Gubert, please call 617-564-0460.


Read the article about Ma'or in the Jewish Journal 

See the Trailer for Ma'or at: Ma'or Trailer

Read the article about Ma'or in The Boston Globe

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