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Religious School

Religious School at Congregation Beth Sholom

Sunday mornings during the School year from

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Congregation Beth Sholom has been offering Religious School for over 40 years. Over the years Religious School has seen many changes and has evolved to help instill Jewish values and knowledge to our youth. Religious School’s current iteration is based off an experiential learning model of education. This model of education is designed to help our youth feel a sense of community with our congregation while they learn important Jewish values and lessons.

It begins with a program called Shabbat Time Machine. The Rabbi leads the whole religious school including parents in a Shabbat morning worship service. Since Religious school is held on Sunday the whole congregation steps into a time machine and goes back one day to Shabbat. Each class takes ownership of a select set of prayers and leads the rest of the Religious School congregation. The youth group runs the Torah Service, the kindergartners lead the Shema. Shabbat Time Machine is our best attended Shabbat service that CBS offers to the community and everyone is invited.

We believe that learning is most effective in chunks of time that are less than an hour. So after Shabbat Time Machine Religious School is split up into age groups and each age group experiences three different classes: Hebrew, Jewish Values, and Jewish arts and creativity. Each age group moves through these three classes throughout Sunday morning which includes a social snack time. Each age group attends classes designed to be appropriate for their age.  Religious school concludes with a celebration of all that our students achieved and learned that day. Our classes are taught by an incredible group of volunteer teachers who are so dedicated to instilling positive Jewish experiences to our youth.

For our youth who are getting closer to Bat and Bar Mitzvah age we also have a weekday hebrew program led by the Rabbi.

Our parents are the Religious School’s greatest resource. They participate in Shabbat Time Machine and in the celebration of what we learned. They help organize and bring a snack. They volunteer to help special children’s programming for holidays. Many of our Religious School parents are also our Religious School teachers.

At Congregation Beth Sholom we believe that religious school is more than just Jewish education. Religious school is an opportunity to come together as a community and show our children why Jewish values, friendship, and worship are so important in our lives. If you have any questions please email Rabbi Abram Goodstein or our Religious School Administrator Wendy Woolf

Tue, July 7 2020 15 Tammuz 5780