Jewish Journey Experience Barnert Temple

Shalom.  We are delighted that you have discovered our website.  As you learn about our unique programming and wonderful Barnert community, we hope you will chose to give your child and your family the gift of going on a journey, a Jewish Journey, filled with meaningful discoveries about your faith and about yourself.

We know families have so many competing priorities.  That is why we have developed a new design for Jewish education, one in which you and your child will learn, do and be Jewish in meaningful, relevant, and FUN ways.

There is a lot to take in.  If at any point in your web-search you have questions, please give us a call at (201) 848-1027.  Here is a short description of our program, by grade:

Welcome to the Jewish Journey Project Barnert Temple (JJPBT)

We want your child to explore his/her Jewish identity as part of the Barnert Temple family while making friends in our exciting new Religious School design called JJPBT.  Through their years with us, they will grow and learn to connect to their heritage while having Jewish values instilled in them that will become their moral compass.

Need flexibility?  We offer you a choice of schedule

K – 2nd

You can register your child for our combined Kindergarten/1st/2nd Grade Sunday session (9:30 - 11 am) OR Wednesday session (4 - 5:30 pm).

Sunday students have bagel breakfast and Wednesday students can come as early as 3:30 pm for snack and homework help, and can stay for pizza dinner at 5:30 pm (for an additional dinner fee).  Our newest program is the Friday afternoon Forest Friday/Shabbat Program for Kindergarteners which begins at 1:15pm.

These additions have been made because we are listening to you.  We want your Jewish life to be stress-free, enjoyable, and supportive.

What do our youngest JJPBT students learn?

  • Torah Stories:  Through interactive storytelling, the students learn important Jewish concepts.
  • Jewish holiday celebrations:  Students cook and craft their way through the Jewish holidays.
  • Songs:  Learning songs to sing throughout the year and throughout their lives.
  • Reinforcement of Jewish values.

3rd – 6th

Families work with a JJPBT advisor who helps them craft the ideal combination of courses throughout the Ikar (3-6) years. Our course catalog includes details about our unique course offerings, from creating wood design and building of items found in Torah, to learning about social justice (and taking action!), from Jewish holiday cooking to a chance to compare the story of Creation with the science of the Big Bang. There are also several Hebrew offerings to choose from: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. There is even an on-line class for the right student.


 7  B'nai Mitzvah

  • An age appropriate curriculum teaching blessings and social action.   Students are also engaged in preparing for Bat/Bar Mitzvah.
                          5:30 – 7:30  every Tuesday; 5:30-6 is pizza dinner

8-12 Ma’ayan
               8th  - Taught by Sara Losch
                              5:30 – 7:30;  3 Tuesdays per month; 5:30-6 is pizza dinner

               9th – Taught by Rabbi Don Rossoff
                              5:30 – 7:30;  3 Tuesdays per month; 5:30-6 is pizza dinner

               10th – Confirmation – Taught by Rabbi Rachel Steiner
                              5:30 – 7:30 every Tuesday; 5:30-6 is pizza dinner

               11th-12th – Post Confirmation – taught by Rabbi Don Rossoff
                               5:30 – 7:30 pm One Monday a month

We are dedicated to teaching values that will guide and support your child throughout the next stages of her life.  We are excited to travel with you on your journey.