Letter from our Board President

Updated: May 22


Statue of Liberty…check! Ellis Island… check! U.S. Capitol… check!


For the first time in two years (due to a pandemic pause), our 7th and 8th grade students ventured out on unforgettable trips to New York City and Washington DC as part of Talmud Torah of Minneapolis’ experiential travel programs. We thank our generous donors who significantly underwrite the cost of these trips each year!


Through these trips students find commonalities in their own Jewish lives and build friendships; make links to the past and think about their own Jewish futures.


Our 7th grade New York City trip included the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and The Tenement Museum, plus an exciting night on the town seeing an off-Broadway show!


The centerpiece of the 8th grade trip, on which we also welcomed 9th graders who had not been able to attend last year, is a visit to The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Students processed what they saw and learned together, along with visiting other major sites in our nation’s capital. Thank you to our faculty, staff and parent volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of each trip—you can see more pictures below.


7th-Grade NYC Highlights


8th-Grade DC Highlights



As we look back on those trips, we have also reached the end of the school year and that means registration for next fall is underway. This year, we are focusing additional efforts on recruitment and retention of students, especially those who may have missed out on opportunities to begin or continue their Jewish education during the pandemic. If you know of a family who is looking for a “home” for their child’s Jewish education do not hesitate to reach out today.


Many people think of Hebrew School strictly as a training ground for their bar or bat mitzvah. While our program, of course, includes Hebrew and is a key component of the b’nai mitzvah programs at Beth El and Adath Jeshurun, our curriculum is based on five pillars:

  • Hebrew–developing skills

  • Jewish Living–holidays, middot (character traits) and mitzvot (commandments)

  • Tanach–examining the sacred texts of Torah, Nevi’im (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings)

  • Israel–developing an understanding of and connection to Israel

  • Tefillah–engaging as a community at weekly school-wide meetings, called Mifgash

All of this is part of a continuum, and whether you are a young family considering where to send your child to enrich their Jewish knowledge; you took a break during the pandemic (now’s the perfect time to become re-engaged); or you know a teen who would benefit from our incredible middle school program and the ongoing friendships it fosters; now is the time to engage your loved ones in educational experiences that provide a foundation and the lifelong tools for living an intentionally Jewish life.


Ready to register? You can do so right here!


L’Shalom,

Maggie Blehert



Board President




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