Beginning in the fourth grade, each student will receive “credit” for Shabbat service attendance. We keep a binder with stickers and the names of each student listed. At the end of each Friday evening and Saturday morning Service the child will ask the presiding clergy (or Religious School Director) to place a sticker next to their name to show that they attended. If our records show that a student is not keeping current during the year with the service requirement we will notify you. Furthermore, service attendance outside of Congregation Beth Israel will not count toward fulfillment of this service requirement. However, attendance at a residential Jewish summer camp such as Camp Daisy and Harry Stein will fulfill part of this requirement.
REQUIREMENTS | by Grade Year
4th Grade | Students and at least one parent must attend a minimum of SIX Shabbat evening and/or morning services during the year.
5th Grade | Students and at least one parent must attend a minimum of SEVEN Shabbat evening and/or morning services during the year.
6th Grade | Students and at least one parent must attend a minimum of EIGHT Shabbat evening and/or morning services during the year. (Early Bar/Bat Mitzvahs require 2 Torah Study sessions as well.) Requirements also apply to 6th grade PARDES students.
7th Grade | Students (or before if applicable) and families, are asked to utilize the many Shabbat experiences at Beth Israel. To this end we will require the following:
~At least two sessions of Torah Study (Saturday mornings, 8:45-9:45am, year-round)
~At least four Friday night services.
~At least four Saturday morning services.
These requirements also apply to 6th and 7th grade students who are currently enrolled at Pardes.
~Students attending Jewish residential summer camps will receive service stickers as follows:
~2 Friday night, 2 Saturday morning and 1 Torah Study session.
~Parents are responsible for informing the Religious School of attendance at summer camp to receive credit.