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The classroom experience is enriched through special programs, the TBE library, parent involvement and supporting the school through special donations.

Children’s Library The Children’s Library is a wonderful place for children to find Jewish books and material. Children are encouraged to borrow books for up to a two-week period. The library is open during school, and when the building is open. Books must be returned to the library by the end of each school year. Parents are responsible for the cost of replacing any books not returned.

S.K.I.P. Send A Kid To Israel PartnershipThrough a cooperative effort with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Temple Beth-El participates in a program that can make a trip to Israel an integral part of the education of students enrolled in the school. SKIP is a savings plan in partnership with the Temple, the student’s family and the Federation.

Beginning in 3rd grade, each participating student’s family contributes $125, the Temple contributes $50 per student, and the Federation adds $85 annually. The money is invested in an interest-bearing account through the completion of ninth grade. At the end of the program, students can select any one of a number of Israel Experiences offered through the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Ta’am Yisrael Eighth grade students are eligible to apply for a one week trip to Israel – a taste of Israel –with their peers. The trip is sponsored by the Community Foundation for Jewish Education and the students usually travel during the first week in February. Students must be enrolled in religious school in order to be eligible for the trip.

Get Involved

Room ParentsRoom parents for the kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms hold social gatherings, help plan grade level Shabbat dinners, support teachers at special events and serve as boosters for the Temple and its programs. Serving as a room parent is a great way to get a taste of synagogue leadership while connecting with other families and making a difference in the lives of our children.

Education CommitteeThe Education Committee formulates the principles and policies of the Slavin-Malkin School, adult education, and the libraries. If you are interested in becoming a part of this committee, please contact the V.P. of Education or our Director of Lifelong Learning.

Give Back

Children’s Library Resource FundCelebrate a child’s birthday or special occasion by making a donation to the Children’s Library. Upon receiving a donation, a new Jewish resource item or prayer book is purchased, and a label with the child’s name and birthday or simcha is placed on the item.

Blitz Family Children’s Cultural Arts FundThis fund was established to provide guest speakers, music and art programs for the educational benefit of the children of Temple Beth-El. Celebrate a child’s birthday or special occasion by making a donation to this fund. 

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