A friendly reminder to register your child(ren) for Religious School, if you have not already done so.  Registration materials are available online – Click Here to open the form.  Please fill out one form for each child and then email them to along with a current jpeg image of your child(ren).   

Mark Your Calendar:

  • Sunday, September 9
    No Religious School – 
    Erev of Rosh HaShanah – Best wishes for a sweet and healthy new year!

  • Sunday, September 16, 9:00 – 11:30 am
    First Day of Religious School, Grades K-7 – 
    Opening day will include parent/teacher meetings. Watch for an email with specific instructions. Students are to report to the Sanctuary at 9:00 for a warm welcome, announcements, and class assignments.

  • Tuesday, September  18
    No Mid-week Religious School – Kol Nidre

  • Thursday, September 20, 4:45-6:00pm
    First Day for Thursday mid-week students, Grades 3-7

  • Tuesday, September 25
    • 4:45-6:00pm – First Day for Tuesday mid-week students, Grades 3-7
    • 5:30-7:30pm – First Day for Upper School, Grades 8-10 – Beginning with dinner at 5:30pm, class will run 6:00-7:30pm.  Please RSVP regrets only to Kathy Magenheim at

Reminder – Religious school ends at 11:30am on Sundays and at 6:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is extremely important that you arrive on time to pick up your child. Please consider weather and traffic conditions when making your pick-up arrangements. Late pick-ups cause anxiety for the children involved. It also often creates problems for the synagogue employees on duty.

Sukkot Celebration:
Sunday, September 30 from 9:00-11:30am at Temple Emanuel

Religious School families and congregants of all ages (from 2 to 102) are encouraged to join us for this community celebration. As we celebrate this harvest festival, we commemorate the forty years the children of Israel wandered the desert and lived in temporary shelters.  Let us take this opportunity to consider those who still wander; those for whom, even in 2018, shelter still remains temporary. 

Students will be involved in a variety of activities, including arts and crafts, holiday carnival, sports, and sukkah building. Many activities are being planned for adult congregants as well, such as small group discussions, text study, nature walks, music, and more. Families will come together to share a delicious holiday meal prepared by Eat A Little Something Catering. 

No charge for Religious School students. For others, the cost is $12 per person, Children under 5 are free, $24/family maximum.  Please RSVP to or call 301-942-2000.

Simchat Torah Celebration and First Grade Consecration:

Sunday, September 30 at 6:30pm

Please join us for Simchat Torah and the Consecration Ceremony of our First Graders on Sunday, September 30.  Simchat Torah is the Jewish holiday that celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings with singing and dancing with the Torah as the new cycle begins.  This holiday coincides with the First Grade Consecration Ceremony which that marks the beginning of their religious education. 

WRJ Temple Emanuel Bagel Table Sign U

Did you know that the first mention of bagels dates back to 1610 in the Jewish community in Krakow, Poland?  That’s more than 400 years ago – what a long-lived tradition!

WRJ is sponsoring the Bagel Bar again this year to provide refreshments for those who come to share time at the temple on Sunday mornings.  We are open from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, and we need volunteers to help set up, sell, and clean up each Sunday that Sunday School is held throughout the year.  Please note: the Bagel Table will stop selling Bagels to Religious School students at 8:50 am since most students will be going to the Sanctuary at 9:00 am for Tefilah. However, the bagel table will remain open for the adults until 11:30am.

In addition to a Bagel Bar lead, which will come from a pool of experienced volunteers, we are looking to have two more volunteers assist with the Bagel Bar each week.  One of the volunteers will help from start to finish – 8 am to noon.  The other volunteer will support set up and the morning rush – from 8 to 9:30.  It’s a fun and friendly place to spend the morning.  Many people in our community count on the bagels, muffins, and drinks as a part of their weekly Sunday routine.  Come join us!  We need your help to continue to provide this valuable service for our community!  Please volunteer using the Signup Genius link: