Temple Shalom is a unique congregation in many ways. We have gone out of our way to make this a "user friendly" synagogue. We are firmly committed to the belief that it is our job to meet the individual needs of our congregants, understanding that those needs are diverse. The most powerful gift that we can give to both our adults and children is to create sweet experiences of moments shared with this Temple and the Jewish community.
This philosophy is nowhere seen stronger than in our youth educational programs. We are committed to experiential learning. Use of all the senses and the importance of relationships with students, teachers, cantors and rabbis serve as important tools in nurturing a strong, proud Jewish identity.
There are no report cards here. Everyone gets the grade of A+ when it comes to being Jewish. The success of Jewish education is not marked by how many paragraphs of a particular prayer children can memorize, but rather that children feel a positive connection to Judaism and synagogue life.
We are very proud of our unique faculty and the gifts that they share with our students. The faculty consists mostly of highly experienced teachers who have very successfully taught at Temple Shalom for years. They are seasoned professionals who understand that Judaism is not simply learned. It must awaken the senses and the spirit.
At the heart of our upper grades, our Rabbis, Cantor and student clergy bring a depth of learning experience, excitement and knowledge of subject matters that are simply unparalleled in other religious school environments. Because we have these kinds of resources, our curriculum is purposefully designed to allow teachers a great deal of freedom and creativity.
In addition, many of our teenagers continue their religious school involvement by serving as assistant to our teachers. The experience of our religious school for students is further enhanced through an Israeli emissary program co-sponsored by our local Jewish federation, fostering a deep connection to Israel and its people.
If we can instill a love and respect for Jewish living and learning, we have given the students a gift that will last for a lifetime, and strengthened the future of Judaism. This is the ultimate goal that we strive towards.
Grades K-6 meet on Sunday morning 9:30 to 12:00. Grades 4-6 also meet on Wednesday afternoons from 4:15 to 5:45.