Talmud Torah of St. Paul

Where critical thinking
and Jewish values intersect

Mission and Values

 

We are deeply committed to nurturing in students of all ages a life-long love of learning, pride in their Jewish identity, belief in themselves, and understanding of their responsibility as citizens of the world. Within an accepting and egalitarian environment,we encourage each student to grow, guided by a strong sense of Jewish values and traditions. Recognizing the significance of the State and its national institutions, we seek to instill in our students an attachment to the State of Israel and its people as well as a sense of responsibility for their welfare.

Mission Statement 

To create life-long learners, passionate about Jewish tradition, committed to Jewish community and devoted to the well-being of all people.

Our Values

Life-long Jewish Learning (Talmud Torah) 
Because children represent the future of our community, we must instill in our children pride in their Jewish identity and joy in living as Jews, along with the desire to pursue their learning and grow in their Jewish commitments throughout their lives. Because Jewish learning is a life-long process, we facilitate opportunities for learners of all ages to deepen their understanding of, and devotion to, our tradition. Jewish learning for children and adults alike, engages the whole person, providing intellectual stimulation, spiritual growth, and moral direction.

Jewish Tradition (Masoret) 
We nurture an abiding love for God, Torah, the land and people of Israel.  This love expresses itself through an understanding of and commitment to the many forms in which Jewish life has expressed itself over the ages – especially Hebrew language and literature, communal institutions, religious rituals and deeds of loving kindness. Because we recognize that there are many different ways to live out the meaning of this rich and multi-faceted heritage, we affirm the values of pluralism and mutual respect for all Jews.
 
Community (Kehilla) 
Creating and sustaining community is essential for living productive and meaningful lives. We strengthen the bonds that unite us as Jews, as well as those that tie us to the many other communities in which we live and work – locally, nationally, and globally with programs such as Partnership 2000 which brings TTSP together with a school in the Kinneret region of Israel. Through our teaching and learning we cultivate the qualities necessary for living successfully in community – especially compassion for others and a commitment to seeking the common good – and so work to make the world a better place for everyone.
 
Partnership (Shutafut) 
We work in partnership with all segments of the community. As an educational resource center, our programs are open to all members of the Jewish community and we welcome opportunities to share our expertise and facilities with all who join us in the fulfillment of our goals. Accordingly, we forge bonds of cooperation with all those we serve and work in concert with families, synagogues, rabbis, local and national Jewish agencies, and other educational organizations.
 
Excellence (Hitstaynut) 
We are committed to providing the highest quality education possible and strive to excel in all aspects of our work. We foster an atmosphere of warmth and openness, promote a spirit of creativity, maintain a respectful attitude toward those we serve and engage in continual self-assessment.