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“[Torah] is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?’...But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it.” (Deuteronomy 30:12-14)

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Religious School is a cornerstone of Temple Sholom

Religious Education at Temple Sholom of Chicago includes: 

  • Religious School (Jr. K-7th Grade) – Sundays 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM 
  • Midweek Religious School (3rd-7th Grade) –  Wednesdays 5:00-6:15 PM 
  • 8th Grade – Sunday mornings with option to work as midweek Madrichim (teacher assistants) 
  • Crown Family High School (9th-12th Grade) – Wednesdays evenings with option to work Sundays and/or Wednesdays as Madrichim (teacher assistants)

 

The goals of our Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School are: 

At Temple Sholom, we strive to provide a joyful and inclusive Jewish education, fostering a learner-centered environment where students from preschool through high school can embrace their identity and heritage. Our mission is to cultivate a love of Torah, pride in Jewish history, and a connection to the Jewish People. By exploring personal beliefs, mastering Hebrew, and engaging with Israel, we guide students toward leading prayer with confidence and becoming ethical individuals committed to social justice. Our educational journey is designed to build strong communal ties, inspire a lifelong pursuit of learning, and encourage living a fulfilling Jewish life.

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Questions? Contact lorikramer@sholomchicago.org or 773-435-1544 


Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School Overview  

Children of member families are eligible to enroll in Religious School/Beit Sefer Shalom which begins in September and runs through May. In addition to Sundays, 3rd-7th grade students participate in our Midweek Religious School, which offers additional Hebrew instruction that is crucial to learning language and contributes to stronger Jewish identity and relationships with peers. 

Family involvement and participation are integral parts of our school program, as they demonstrate that Jewish commitment and involvement do not begin and end with becoming B’nai Mitzvah. They are lifelong endeavors, and the family is the cornerstone of Jewish living. Please join us for our family holiday celebrations, Family Learning Programs, and Sunday morning parent education classes. 

 

What to Expect/What a Day Looks Like 
 

Students in Junior Kindergarten through 2nd Grade spend the morning in a variety of Jewish experiential learning opportunities: tefillah, art, Jewish cooking, Israeli dance, and more! Students begin learning the alef-bet and begin decoding Hebrew. Junior Congregation, an age-appropriate prayer experience featuring  our clergy and lots of singing, is held monthly on Sundays at 11:30 AM. Parents are invited and encouraged to participate in Junior Congregation to nurture your child’s spiritual development and join in the fun! (See the calendar for exact dates.)
 

 

For students in 3rd-7th grade, the schedule on Sunday morning consists of Hebrew, Judaics, Tefilah (prayer), and a rotation of specials: Israeli dance, art, Jewish cooking, and more.  8th graders in our program spend their full morning together, often taking locals trips offsite in partnership with other Lakeview synagogues.

Thu, May 30 2024 22 Iyar 5784