TEMPLE BETH SHALOM
Joyful, Personal, Accessible
Our goal is for our students to develop a deep and lasting sense of Jewish identity and connection to religious tradition, the Hebrew language and Jewish culture. Our teachers and madrichim (aides) are knowledgeable, warm, accepting and a lot of fun. If you are looking for a Religious School in which your child will learn how to live life through a Jewish lens, learn valuable skills such as Hebrew reading and writing, and have a great time doing it - look no further!
To Register or Update Your Registration:
Kehillat Torah Religious School 2016-17 Registration (For new religious school registrants)
Kehillat Torah Religious School 2016-17 Registration Update (For returning religious school registrants with changes from the previous year's registration)
Ask a Rabbi:
Education Director, Rabbi Benjy Bar-Lev, at email@example.com.
Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Howard L. Apothaker, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program at TBS
A 13-year-old child's First Aliyah to the Torah is a life-changing event. Here at Temple Beth Shalom, through close one-on-one preparation with our rabbis and tutors, each child has the opportunity to lead the congregation in prayer, chant Torah and Haftarah, and personally connect with the Torah text in writing a speech or D'var Torah. First Aliyah (Bar/Bat Mitzvah) ceremonies at TBS are community events. They are personalized, family oriented and inclusive.
Gan Ami Preschool Program
Six times per year, our youngest students (ages 2-4) and their parents join together for a terrifically engaging program. These Pre-K students attend services, hear stories, eat snacks, do projects and learn about Jewish holidays!
Each Sunday, all 3rd-7th graders end the day with a free-choice chug, or activity. The students stay in their selected chug for six weeks before picking a new one. Some popular chugim include: Modern Hebrew, Jewish Games, Mural Making, Jewish Movie Making, Jewish Improv, Jewish Girl Talk, Manaism (Judaism for Guys), Let's Learn Yiddish, Jewish Comedians, Jewish Poetry, and Judaic Mosaic.
Madrichim (High School Aides)
The vast majority of our 8th-12th grade students also are Madrichim, or Teachers Aides. Madrichim help teach in classrooms, help individual students with Hebrew, and are terrific role models for younger students.
11th/12th Grade Seminar
Once a month, our 11th and 12th grade students meet for dinner with our Rabbis at a restaurant to discuss current events through a Jewish lens. Guest speakers from the congregation and community often join in the conversation.
Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade
Our youngest students come to Religious School for two hours on Sunday mornings. They learn about the Torah, Jewish holidays, Jewish music and dance. They hear stories, create magnificent art projects, and have fun the whole time!
Hebrew School: 3rd - 6th Grade
During the first 90 minutes of each Sunday morning, our 3rd through 6th grade students learn Hebrew reading and comprehension. In our Hebrew program, the Kol Yisrael series, our students learn both with teachers in class and at home with interactive software. Many of our Hebrew students choose a two-day-a-week option and also study Hebrew on Wednesday afternoons.
3rd - 8th Grade
Our 3rd-7th grade students spend time learning creatively about Judaism using the CHAI curriculum, a program by the Union for Reform Judaism that teaches about Judaism through three main branches: Torah, Avodah (service), and Gimilut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness). Students learn through skits, making movies, projects, discussions and many more creative models. Eighth graders learn about Judaism and other world religious and how they "fit in" among them.
Confirmation: 9th - 10th Grade
Our oldest students choose from a number of electives given each semester, ranging from "Tattoo Jews" (Living Jewishly) to "Pray Ball" (eithics through sports). These classes are lively, enthralling, educational, and entertaining.
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