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Nov. 16, Sunday, 5th Grade Field Trip: Jerusalem 3D@Nat'l History Museum
Nov. 21-23, Fri.-Sun. NFTY-MAR Fall Kallah
Nov. 23, Sunday 4th Grade JFE: Mikvah@Adas Israel 9:30-11:30am
Nov. 26, No Wed. Hebrew school
Nov. 30, No Sunday Religious School
Dec. 5, First Friday Shabbat: 6th Grade Led
5:30pm: Tot Shabbat
6:15pm: Community Potluck
7:30pm: Family Shabbat Service
Dec. 5-7, Fri.-Sun. 7th Grade Retreat
Dec. 7, Sun. No 7th Grade Class
Dec. 7, Sun.extended program:
• 8:45am-11:30am: School Program (note special timing)
o 8:45am-10:30am: Same start time with Kehillah time in the Sanctuary, progress to class time, older students attend the latke fry and younger students attend Chanukah centers (class time, Chanukah centers and latke fry are student programs)
o 10:30am-11:30am: Mikey Pauker Concert (No charge, parents and other adults are welcome.)
• 11:30am-1:00pm: Extended Day/Parents Day Out [advance registration required-form: (141119_Extended_Sunday-School_e-mail_attachment.pdf ) , with suggested donation of $10/1st child, $5/each additional child] Lunch will be provided.
o 3rd graders and younger will have childcare games, activities, crafts etc.
o 4th grade and older enjoy the Craft Café (for more info, contact Pamela Wilcox and email@example.com)
Dec. 12-14, Fri.-Sun. 10th Grade Retreat
Dec. 14, Sun. No 10th Grade Class
Dec. 14, Sun. PreK-K JFE: Chanukah
Dec. 19, Fri. Night of 1000 Menorahs
Dec. 24, Wed. No Hebrew School
Dec. 26-29, Fri.-Mon. NFTY-MAR Winter Kallah
Dec. 28, Sun. No Religious School
Dec. 30, No Tues. Hebrew School
Dec. 31, No Wed. Hebrew School
Religious School Class Calendars 2014-2015 (click below to see events)
Temple Shalom Religious School Happenings!
Temple Shalom offers an exceptional and comprehensive program of Reform Jewish education, taught by a creative and dynamic faculty who are dedicated to creating a warm, rich and in-depth Jewish experience for all our children and adults.
Our Temple Shalom Religious School Mission captures the depth of commitment that our school has to Judaism as it is reflected in the Talmudic passage, “On three things the world stands, Torah (study), Avodah (worship and service), and G’milut Chasadim (deads of loving kindness).
Want to know more about our Religious School? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHAI School Program for Grades 8 and 9
CHAI SCHOOL - CATCH OUR UNIQUE PROGRAM!
Take a Look at Our CHAI School Program for 8th and 9th Graders!
CHAI School will never be the same! Choose Option 1, our traditional Sunday evening program of study, or from six other Options for our 8th and 9th grade students.
Sunday Evening 6:00-8:00. Core classes and electives on Sunday Evening.
OZRIM - Student aide program in our Sunday morning Religious School. Work in our classrooms as a Ozer, helping our students and teachers. Available Early and Late Session on Sunday.
CHOIR OR BAND - Join our Choir or Band under the direction of Cantor Lisa Levine.
JYPI - Jewish Youth Philanthropy Institute prepares students to be the future philanthropists of the world. For information go to JYPI.org. Scholarships are available.
Retreat Information for All Retreats
Youth Group - TaSTY Senior, Junior, Kids and Tots
Don't miss an opportunity to meet with kids throughout our NFTY-MAR Region! Regional events are the place to be!! How do I learn more about NFTY-MAR and Regional Programs? Just click on NFTY-MAR News,
How do I sign up for a NFTY-MAR program? This year, registration for all NFTY-MAR is on-line. Click on NFTY-MAR.
The username and password are available from the Religious School office or Rabbi Feshbach at 301.587.2273.
NFTY - North American Federation of Temple Youth
MAR - Mid-Atlantic Region
Partners in Jewish Education
The Temple Shalom Religious School strives to create a vibrant Jewish environment for our families as we partner in their Jewish journey of life-long education. We are proud to be creating new and innovative ways to reach out to our students and parents.
The Religious School Tzedakah Belt Din
We are very excited to have our students take a decision making role in our school by creating our Tzedakah programs for the year. The Beit Din was originally a Rabbinic Court, established in ancient times that decided questions of religious law and appointed judges. Today, the Temple Shalom Religious School Tzedakah Beit Din consists of students in Kindergarten through 7th Grade and is responsible for our Tzedakah, Tikun Olam programs for our school throughout the year.
Temple Shalom Youth Choir!
Meet new friends and prepare for our Family Worship Services and other programs with Cantor Lisa Levine. Our TSY Choir meets from 10:45-11:15 on Sunday during school. Students in grades 2-7, bring your love of music and join us each Sunday. For information call the religious school office or Cantor Levine at 301.587.2273.
Teacher of Torah, Leaders of Prayer
Our Religious school helps children prepare for Life Cycle events like your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
The Web Is An Amazing Jewish Place!
As you surf the web, you may find the following sights along your web Jewish journey.
Visit Davka Corporation. Leaders in Judaic software. Fun activities for all ages.
Sign up for the URJ's daily email, "10 minutes of Torah" and you will receive a one-page email each day on a topic of Jewish interest.
MyJewishLearning.com – subtitled, “The Personal Gateway to Jewish Exploration”. A trans-denominational website of Jewish information and education geared toward learners of all ages and educational backgrounds.
For Children of All Ages
Our school begins with classes and activities appropriate for students as young as pre-school age. As students approach the age of 13, we guide their families through a bar or bat mitzvah experience that is rewarding, meaningful and family focused. Students continue to learn and participate in the Temple community through our 8th and 9th grade chai school and 10th grade confirmation programs. Many of our oldest teens remain involved and complete our post-confirmation program.
We also offer many educational opportunities for parents, including grade specific family education activities, Torah study, book discussion groups, and holiday programs.
Through a wide variety of participatory activities, such as youth group events, retreats, musical programs and holiday celebrations, we foster a strong sense of community, especially among our students and their families. Some of these include:
Meet our Director of Education
RABBI RACHEL ACKERMAN
Rabbi-Educator/Director of Education
Rabbi Ackerman acquired extensive experience and training during her student years. For three years she served as the Rabbinic and Education Intern at Temple Isaiah of Los Angeles, CA, where she served as the director of Tiyul: Shabbat B’Yachad, a Shabbat based family education program that served as an alternative to religious school. Additionally she has worked over the past number of summers as the Director of Education and Unit Head at the Union for Reform Judaism Camp Newman, and has served as the student rabbi of Har Shalom in Missoula, MT, and Chaverim of Jewish Family Service. She completed the first level of chaplaincy certification in clinical pastoral education at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital of New Brunswick, NJ, and she has a special interest and developing expertise in issues relating to diversity, disability and accessibility, and inclusion. Additionally, she is very interested in interdenominational Jewish dialogue and Jewish community efforts on issues of global justice.
Outside of the Jewish institutional setting, Rabbi Ackerman loves the outdoors and is an avid runner. She was a competitive cross-country and track runner throughout high school and college and has completed the last three Los Angeles marathons.
Rabbi Ackerman brings her many talents to our education program and our entire congregation. In addition to her role with the school, she will (as have our previous Directors of Education) coordinate the Shabbat Morning Worship and Study service, join in pastoral visits and leading shivah services, and serve as a teacher and leader of programs and services in a variety of settings and for congregants of all ages. As a rabbi, and as the third Rabbi- Educator to serve our congregation in this role, she also joins our clergy team in ongoing presence and on-call coverage alike, and provides an added reach for life-cycle needs and community service, as time and opportunity allow.