Religious School

SESSIONS OF RELIGIOUS SCHOOL FOR 2017-2018

Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2: Mondays 4 – 5:30 p.m. (Enrichment – 5:30 to 6 p.m.)
Traditional School Grade 3: Mondays 4 – 6:00 p.m.
Traditional School Grades 4 and 5: Tuesdays 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Traditional School Grade 6: Sundays 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Family School (Grades 3,4,5,6): Sundays 9 – 11:30 a.m. (note new dismissal time)
Kadimah (Grades 7 through 12): Mondays 6:45 – 8:30 p.m.

Click here to view the 2017-2018 school year calendar.

Click here to open up our school FAQ (frequently asked questions) sheet.
2017 – 2018 School Forms will be available shortly.
If your child previously attended, you should receive all of the forms you need via email.
If you need more forms, please see the instructions below.

(7th grade is a REQUIRED year of religious school)

The mission of our school is to graduate young adults who have the tools they need to form their own Jewish identity.  Our aim is to enable families to pass their own traditions “from generation to generation” and help them build strong bonds within their community and with the world, both Jewish and secular.  We hope our students will  feel comfortable in their Judaism wherever they go in their lives –  and above all, to be “mensches,” good people.

RAC (Religious Action Center) trip NEWS

As its first disbursement of the endowment income, the Endowment Committee decided to subsidize every tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade student in the congregation to participate in the L’Taken Seminar.  The cost for a student to attend a L’Taken Seminar is approximately $600, plus spending money for incidentals.  Thanks to the support of the Endowment, since then over 100 students were able to take part in this truly powerful experience for just $250 to cover program, lodging, and transportation fees. Click here to see what the “RAC” trip is all about.   AND… the Endowment Committee is again subsidizing our trip for February 23 – 26, 2018.

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL

Beth Haverim Shir Shalom (BHSS) offers a one-day-a-week religious school program for children in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. We take pride in working with families to strengthen each child’s sense of Jewish identity. In the Monthly Preschool our four year-old students explore the holidays with fingerplay, cooking, stories, and crafts. Beginning with Kindergarten and continuing through Grade Twelve, students learn not only the Hebrew reading that they will need to become Bar or Bat Mitzvah, but also the rich tradition, history, and culture that help them to become informed Reform Jewish adults living in today’s world. They participate in Tikkun Olam (healing the world) through our congregation’s social action programming, as well as learning about it in their classes, many of which are based on the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Chai Curriculum.

Our program includes the unique Family School alternative, as well as our Kadimah (“moving forward”) program for Grades Seven through Twelve. In Kadimah the teens discuss hot topics, argue moral issues, cook Jewish foods, dance, sing, meditate, and learn conversational Hebrew, to name a few of the Monday night options. During their tenth grade year, they have the opportunity to travel with their peers to Washington, D.C. to put their social action knowledge to use at the Religious Action Center.

Family School is ongoing and ongrowing!

Engraved in our mission statement is our congregational aim for lifelong learning; we are “…dedicated to the never-ending process of Jewish learning.” As a jewel in the crown of our educational programming, the Family School stands as a testament to what we believe in. From our original fifteen families of chalutzim, pioneers, the Family School now engages over forty families each week in this unique program where every participant benefits. Each one is a student, and each one is a teacher. When these families leave our building, they have had richer, deeper conversations about what their Judaism means to them. And these conversations continue – into the rest of Sunday, into the rest of the week, and into the rest of their lives.

Every single family should participate in Family School for just one year during their child’s religious education; it speaks to the moral imperative that we all have to be responsible to maintain the chain of our people. I hope you will consider this alternative to our regular religious school. Please call me with any questions you may have about this exciting and unique program!

Community Service Hours Available: Whether we are getting our classrooms ready for the new school year or doing special projects, extra help is always welcome. Please email to [email protected] or call 201-512-1983 to let us know if your child would like to volunteer.

Beth Haverim Shir Shalom’s Monthly Preschool Class For 4 year-olds and 5 year-olds not yet in Kindergarten: Our monthly preschool class will be offered with a minimum of five registered students. This program meets for 1 ½ hours on an average of once a month, without parents. Students must be 4 years old by October 1, 2018.  It is never to late to join in the fun! You can register your child during the year, not just in August.  (Fees will be adjusted accordingly.)

(Please note: If you have a 3 year-old and are interested in a program for him/her, we will develop one if there is sufficient interest. Call the synagogue office and leave your contact information.)

The preschool fee is $420 for members and $550 for non-members.  The remaining session dates will be posted shortly.

We’re PROUD of our 2016 Confirmands!

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Need information on having a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Beth Haverim Shir Shalom? Go to the Bar and Bat Mitzvah Info page

Email the Religious School at [email protected]