This page describes our Religious School programs when there is not a pandemic and to which we hope to return in Fall 2021.
KIDS TIME (AGES Infant – Toddler w/adult)
Kids Time is a Sunday morning Parent/Grandparent/Adult-Infant/Toddler program which exposes our youngest children to Jewish songs, dancing, holidays, and Shabbat and gives parents an opportunity to learn alongside their children and build community with other adults with young children. (Note: Kids’ Time Participation does not require Temple Membership.) .) If you are enrolled in Temple Shalom’s Early Learning Center, we are pleased to offer a 10% discount for our Kids Time program!
Sundays from 9:15am - 10:45am Kids Time Flyer
PRE-K-7TH GRADE RELIGIOUS SCHOOL & HEBREW SCHOOL (GRADES 3-7)
Religious school for our students begins young and continues well beyond bnai mitzvah. Any student who has a bar or bat mitzvah at Temple Shalom makes a commitment to continue through 10th grade in our religious school program or in an equivalent course of study. Students begin attendance on Sunday morning and move to the evening sessions once they are in 6th grade.
Religious school for grades Pre-K-5:
Sundays from 9:00am – 11:30am
Religious school for grades 6 and 7:
Sundays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Weekday Hebrew Program (3rd-7th grade) is your choice of one of the following:
Tuesdays from 4:30pm – 6:00pm*
Wednesdays from 4:30pm – 6:00pm*
Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
*Homework club is available from 3:30pm – 4:30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and is required for students arriving before 4:10pm to ensure proper supervision.
CHAI SCHOOL (GRADES 8-9)
Chai School is our Sunday evening program for 8th and 9th graders that involves experiential learning, electives, and core classes both with separate and combined 8th and 9th grade classes. Curriculum differs from year to year depending on student interest.
Sundays from 6:00pm-8:00pm
GRADE 10 (confirmation)
Any of our youth who have their b’nai mitzvah at our congregation promise to continue their Jewish education through at least the end of Tenth Grade. The power of this pledge has led to a 10th Grade/Confirmation program of depth, meaning and quality. Those who have gone through Confirmation at Temple Shalom speak for years – even decades – afterwards of what that year, and its culmination, meant to them. In the dark of the night, with the class in the background but unable to hear, alone with the Torah in arms and standing in front of the open ark, two nights before the Confirmation service itself our Confirmands give voice, in their own words their “vows” about what their Jewish identity means to them. They then lead a service written with their own words and reflections: a living Midrash (interpretation) and personal reframing of the prayers of Jewish life. In these ways, and more, we teach our soon-to-be young adults to “own” their Jewish identity.
Sundays from 6:00pm-8:00pm
POST-CONFIRMATION (GRADES 11-12)
Many of our students choose to continue their Jewish education through 11th and 12th grade. They determine the course of study and topics of interest. Classes are taught by the clergy, teachers with whom the students have built relationships with over the years, and by the students themselves.
Sundays from 6:00pm-8:00pm most weeks with exception to one week each month where they meet during Shabbat