(Preschool through 10th Grade) School Programs Overview
The goal of Congregation Sha’aray Shalom’s Religious and Hebrew school is to imbue our children with the joy of the Jewish tradition and a pride of their Jewish heritage.
Varied educational opportunities for children and their parents abound at Congregation Sha’aray Shalom. With a diverse curriculum including formal classes, informal family programs, class plays, songfests and holiday celebrations, there is something for everyone.
If you are planning to join Congregation Sha’aray Shalom and will be enrolling your child, the brief descriptions of our different programs will help you determine the best placement for your child.
We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your child and to accommodate any special needs that your child might require to facilitate his/her transition into our program.
Please call the Temple office if you have any questions at (781) 749-8103.
The Parent/Tot program is for children from 2-1/2 to 4 years of age. It is specifically designed as a first step in a child’s Jewish education. It takes a low key and hands on approach to introduce a child to Judaic art, music, dance, food, stories and traditions. It is conducted in warm setting with the active involvement parents.
The Pre-School program is designed for children 3-1/2 to 5 years of age who are not enrolled in a kindergarten program outside of the temple. This program is designed to create a fun and interesting environment in which your child will learn about Shabbat, other Jewish holidays and traditions. Music plays an important part in this program.
Religious School Kindergarten through Grade 6
The goals of our Religious School are to provide our students with a good basis and knowledge of Jewish history, customs, prayers, religious holidays, services and practices in an age appropriate manner. In classes, our teachers try to not only explain what we believe and practice but also why.
Hebrew School Aleph through Dalet
Children in grades 3 through 7 are enrolled in Hebrew School, as well as Religious School. Beginning with learning their Aleph- Bet, students learn to read and pronounce Hebrew developing both a traditional and contemporary Hebrew vocabulary. Another goal of our Hebrew school is expose and make our students aware of our local and global Jewish community.
Religious School Grade 7 & Hebrew School - Hay Class
All 7th graders are enrolled in both Hebrew School and Religious School. Besides the continuation of Hebrew and Religious studies, there is a focus in the preparation and understanding of a student becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Pre-Confirmation classes for grade 8 and 9 are configured in a trimester configuration. Students select one of several courses for each trimester. Course topics include Jewish Ethics, Holocaust Studies, Jewish Literature and Music.
Confirmation class, grade 10, is also configured in three trimesters. As in Pre-Confirmation there are a variety of topics that can be studied during each individual trimester.