Crown Family High School
Crown Family High School/Tichon Shalom Program
Our unique and outstanding Crown Family High School classes meet on Wednesday evenings. This four-year program successfully blends formal and informal educational experiences and offers students the opportunity to study and to socialize with our Rabbis and teachers. The Orr Shalom youth group offers another opportunity for teens to connect with Judaism and like-minded peers.
Crown Family High School/Tichon Shalom program, leading to a Graduation/Kabbalat Torah ceremony at the end of 12th grade, is open to students in grades 9 through 12, whose parents are Temple members. We meet on Wednesday evenings and our faculty consists of the Rabbis, Cantor, Youth Advisor & Curriculum Coordinator and the Director of Lifelong Learning. The evening begins with dinner discussion and social time, followed by Ma’ariv (Evening Worship), and a class session.
This year, our new Assistant Rabbi Scott Gellman and Caleb Bromberg will be teaching classes related to modern Jewish history and Jewish text. They will connect Jewish text sources to American Judaism, the origins of the Reform movement and the history of Temple Sholom as we celebrate our 150th year as a congregation. The curriculum will culminate with a trip in April 2018 to Philadelphia, where teens will have the opportunity to visit the National Museum of the Jewish American Experience, the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the oldest Reform congregation in America, along with connecting with local teens.
The goals of the program are:
- To provide the students with a welcoming, safe, social environment in which to connect to other Jewish teens, to the clergy and to the synagogue.
- To provide students an opportunity to explore Jewish beliefs, practices, and traditions.
- To instill values which promote the survival of the Jewish people and Jewish family.
- To generate enthusiasm and love for the Jewish people and our way of life.
- To provide students with the tools to function as articulate Jews on the college campus and beyond.
“The Crown Family High School is a great place to get a better idea of what role Judaism plays in your life.
It teaches us about our religion beyond the Torah, traditional customs, and other important parts of Judaism… On how Judaism affects who we are as young adults and how we can continue to maintain a relationship with Judaism throughout our lives.”Dale Golden, Crown School graduate
Madrichim High School Teacher Assistant Program
Madrichim (guides) are high school students who help out in Religious School classrooms or our office on Sunday mornings, during Midweek Hebrew or Junior Youth Group events!
All Temple Sholom high school students are eligible to apply for this opportunity to earn money or community service hours while making a positive impact upon younger students as mentors and role models. We offer Madrichim training in our 8th grade Sunday class as well as regular check-in lunches after school with our Madrichim.
Participation in this program keeps teens connected to their Jewish community and helps them to be a stronger candidate for summer jobs and stand out on college applications.