Welcome to JQuest! JQuest is…
- Temple Isaiah’s youth education program for children in Pre-K through 7th grade
- An exciting journey of Jewish learning and discovery for children and families
- An opportunity to develop and strengthen Jewish identity, knowledge, and community
In JQuest, we seek to instill in our children and families a sense of commitment to and excitement about Jewish life and Jewish peoplehood. We strive to enable our children and families to understand the Jewish past while being inspired and empowered to create a Jewish life in the present that is committed to tikkun olam. The philosophy and atmosphere of JQuest invites our students to develop a love of the Jewish tradition and the study of Torah, along with the questioning that our tradition encourages. Overall our goal for children and families in JQuest is to be challenged, inspired, and energized by the power of Jewish ideas and traditions.
JQuest is designed to help students engage with a rich and varied
experience of Jewish tradition and community. While holding to the goals of the Reform Movement listed below, we believe our curriculum should always address the needs of our particular community in the present. We have created a curriculum that is historically continuous with our Jewish past, respects our multi-cultural environment, and embodies the creative and pioneering spirit of the Jewish community of Northern California.
We support the following general goals as stated by the Union of Reform Judaism, striving to create a program of Jewish education which will enable children, teens, and adults to become Jews who:
- Affirm their Jewish identity and bind themselves inseparably to their people by word and deed;
- Bear witness to the brit (covenant between God and the Jewish people) by embracing the Torah through the study and observance of mitzvot (commandments) as interpreted in light of historic developments and contemporary liberal thought;
- Cherish and use Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people;
- Value and engage in tefillah (prayer);
- Further the causes of justice, freedom, and peace by pursuing tzedek (justice) and chesed (loving deeds);
- Celebrate Shabbat and the festivals, and observe the Jewish ceremonies that mark significant occasions in their lives;
- Esteem themselves and others, their own family and the families of others, their own community, and the communities of others;
- Express their kinship with K’lal Yisrael (the community of Israel) by actively seeking the welfare of Jews throughout the world and by developing a relationship with Israel - its people, the land, and the state;
- Support and participate in the life of the synagogue.
We believe these goals are best accomplished through educational experiences for the whole person: body, heart, mind, and soul.
Check out “Light Song Parody,” written and produced by our 5th and 6th grade Shira class from 2015-2016!