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Director of Education

Arlene Lemieux has been the Director of Education at Temple Emanuel for over 20 years. She graduated from Northeastern University and Worcester State College. She has worked in Special Education at religious institutions for the last 33 years. Arlene was honored as a Keter Torah recipient in 2007 for her contributions and dedication to education in the Jewish community. She has also served as the Spiritual Leader to New Horizons of Marlborough for almost 25 years. Arlene resides in Marlborough with her husband and is a member of Temple Emanuel. 


The Temple Emanuel Religious School educates students beginning in kindergarten through grade 8. Our goal is to educate and guide students so they will have the ability to feel comfortable in a synagogue service and feel connected to the larger worldwide Jewish community. 

Each grade is a step along the path of discovery, drawing relevance from the prayers and Torah stories that enable the students to personalize their  Jewish journey. Our tefilah program provides a comfortable setting where students can gain confidence and skill in leading religious services. Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is the next level of learning where our students develop the knowledge to implement the responsibilities of a young adult Jew. 

Our educational program is geared to meet the needs of each individual and address students' specific learning styles. We are an inclusive community that provides multi-sensory learning opportunities for all. Special needs educators on staff.

Grades K - 2

  • A holiday based curriculum
  • Introduction to Torah/Bible stories
  • Aleph-Bet/pre-reading skills

Grades 3 - 5

  • Prayer-based curriculum
  • Torah and Ethics

Grades 6 & 7

  • Learning about Israel
  • The study of the Holocaust
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation


Q: Do I have to be a member to enroll my child in the school?

A: A strong connection between the family and the synagogue is best for a child who is in religious school. While we do  recommend temple membership, it is not required. 

Q: When does school meet?

A: Currently classes meet two Mondays per month from 4-5 pm and two Sundays per month from 10 am - 12 pm

If you are interested in our school, and would like to talk about your child's individual needs, please contact us at (508) 485-7565, or email

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Temple Emanuel

150 Berlin Road, PO Box 596, Marlborough, MA 01752

(508) 485-7565


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09:00 am – 05:00 pm