Our Hebrew School provides an inclusive, challenging, and engaging educational experience for our children, enabling them to be confident in their Judaism and giving them the foundation to be participatory Jewish adults. Learning extends beyond the classroom, incorporating family programs, prayer services, volunteerism, and holiday celebrations throughout the year.
The Hebrew School meets Wednesday afternoons (grades 3-7), Sunday mornings (pre-K to 7th grade), and three times monthly on Sunday nights (grades 8-12). Students are also expected to come to services periodically.
As students progress, they revisit some topics learned in previous years to gain more mature, nuanced, and detailed understandings. With an emphasis on hands-on learning and student reflection, we prioritize the following areas of study: Ivrit (Hebrew), T’fillah (Prayer), Yisrael (Israel), Chagim (Holidays), Mitzvot & Middot (Commandments and Ethics), Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World), History, Tanakh (Bible), and Applying Jewish values/perspective beyond Temple Shalom.
Students also participate in charity and volunteer opportunities throughout the year to learn about Tikkun Olam.
Older students can participate in field trips to further enrich their Jewish education, as well.
Our Hebrew school program offers a variety of opportunities for parents and the rest of the community to participate through family program days, usually tied to a holiday, as well as through volunteer opportunities.
Twice a year, during Hanukkah and Purim, the entire school puts on a special program for parents and congregants.
A milestone in the education of our children is the B’nei Mitzvah program, which is customized to the goals of each child and family. From their first Tot Shabbat, the first time they experience Shabbat at home, or their first day in Hebrew School, your child is preparing for becoming an adult in the Jewish community. While much of the curriculum of Hebrew School is geared towards preparing them, formal tutoring for their day begins approximately one year before their B’nei Mitzvah. At the beginning of their 5th grade in school families meet with the B’nei Mitzvah committee to pick a date and learn about the process. Then, starting about one year prior to the B’nei Mitzvah your child will meet weekly with one of our wonderful tutors to learn their portion of the Torah and Haftorah and to fine tune their preparation for leading parts of the service. They will also meet with the Rabbi to work on their D’var Torah (speech) about their portion. Each child is different, so each B’nei Mitzvah is slightly different as well. The only consistent element is the incredible joy and warmth filling the sanctuary.
- Temple Shalom Teen Initiative (TSTI – pronounced “tasty”) – Eighth and ninth graders participate in courses taught twice a month at Temple Shalom by Hebrew College educators who bring inspiring, educational, and thought provoking courses to our teens. Topics vary. Previous offerings include, Scribal Arts and the Torah of Imperfection and L’Dor V’Dor: Ancestors in Jewish Texts.
- Confirmation Class – As the culmination of their formal youth education, tenth graders have a special opportunity to engage with Rabbi Jessica Dell’Era for monthly text-based group discussions utilizing current events topics to consider and reflect on their own Jewish identity and beliefs.
- Teen Volunteer Program – Eighth through twelfth graders grow their connection and contribute to our community through helping out in various aspects of synagogue life, for example, as madrichim (teacher assistants) in the religious school, through collaboration with our Green Team to reduce our ecological footprint, and by leading junior congregation services. We are also open to other ways teens wish to engage.
Get in Touch
If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Katz, Director of the Religious School at: firstname.lastname@example.org