Religious School with Honors
To qualify for Religious School With Honors at Congregation Emanu-El, students in Pre-K through Sixth Grade must fill out the Application Form and submit it to the Religious School office for approval. Students need to earn five points to achieve Honors status; forms may be submitted as soon as this is achieved. Points are earned by attending temple events outside of Religious School hours or by participating in certain programs.
Students can achieve three levels of Religious School With Honors throughout the year. Each level has its own requirements and rewards associated with it. (See below for details.) All Honors students will be recognized at Shabbat worship on Friday, May 15, 2019.
Level I: Honor Roll
We know that living in New York City provides many opportunities to do just about anything you want at any given moment. And, we appreciate that so many of our students and families choose to join Temple Emanu-El for events outside of Religious School hours. This is our way of recognizing your ongoing commitment to our community. Click here for a partial list of qualifying events.
Once Level I has been achieved and the application form approved, students will earn the following:
- Name added to Honor Roll on display in the 66th Street lobby
- Religious School With Honors tattoo
- Certificate suitable for framing
- Name added to Honor Roll
- Recognition at our final Shabbat Kodesh Worship Service of the year
Level II: Student Leader
Pirkei Avot, a book of 2,000-year old Jewish wisdom not found in the Bible, teaches us that the world is built on Torah, Avodah and G’milut Chasadim. At Emanu-El, we add Leadership as the fourth pillar necessary for a community. Therefore, in order to achieve Religious School with Honors Level II, students must participate in events that fall into one of each of these categories. See below for a partial list of qualifying events by category.
Once Level II has been achieved and the application form approved, students will become a Student Leader and earn the following:
- Name moved to Level II Honor Roll
- Religious School With Honors magnet
- Another Religious School With Honors tattoo
- Name moved to Level II Honor Roll
- $50 certificate for the next Congregation Emanu-El trip to Israel*
Level III: Role Model
Students who have proven themselves to be leaders by achieving Level II are invited to keep on going and earn Role Model status by participating in five more Temple events outside of school hours. The final step is to demonstrate to the Religious School community your understanding of the connection between Torah, Avodah and G’milut Chasadim, including how your participation in temple programs helped you reach this understanding. Demonstrations can take the form of a presentation to your class, an article for the school newspaper, a video for our website or something else entirely! Completion of this presentation will make you a Role Model for other students in our school.
Once Level III has been achieved and the application form approved, students will become a Role Model and earn the following:
- Name moved to Level III Honor Roll
- Religious School With Honors special gift
- Yet another Religious School With Honors tattoo
- An additional $100 certificate for the next Congregation Emanu-El trip to Israel*
- An invitation to a special end-of-year breakfast
NOTE: The first person to achieve Level III status for the day he or she attends Religious School (Sunday or Monday) will get to be School Assistant Principal for a day. The second person per day to reach Level III will get to be Assistant A-TEEMer for a day.
* Each student can earn a maximum of $150 in certificates per Emanu-El trip to Israel.
What Students Say…
I’d Like to Tell You About Religious School With Honors
By Harrison Starr, fifth grade
How “Religious School With Honors” Has Added to My Emanu-El Experience
By a former sixth-grade student
Complete list of qualifying events and activities for Religious School with Honors