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The Religious/Hebrew School is an integral part of Congregation Beth Shalom.
Philosophy. We believe strongly in the value of lifelong Jewish learning. We offer programs for children from kindergarten through high school, and there are many opportunities for family involvement. Our curriculum is rich and varied. Students learn the tools necessary to lead a life guided by Jewish values, understand the role of mitzvot in developing a relationship with God and have a basic knowledge of Torah, Hebrew and prayers. Our future Jewish leaders should know about and be concerned about both Am Yisrael (the nation of Israel) as well as Klal Yisrael (the Jewish people). We strive to make Judaism meaningful and relevant.
Structure. Religious School classes for children from kindergarten through second grade meet on Sunday mornings. We emphasize hands-on learning, and music and library are important parts of this program. Students in kitot Aleph through Hay (grades 3 through 7) participate in a two day program, learning Hebrew, Bible, prayer, holidays & customs, values, history, lifecycle events, Israel and current events.
Families. Family Shabbat Services take place every second and fourth Saturday morning. Shehecheyanu Shabbat experience for families with 5th-7th grade students are the first Shabbat of every month. Grade level Shabbat dinners are about every other month. Parent learning, Chai Mitzvah, takes place on Shabbat mornings about 9 times per year. Parents are always along for field trips and special holiday celebrations. Highlights include: Kindergaten Consecration, first grade trip to the Garoon Science Center, second grade matzah factory visit, Aleph Siddur Celebration, Bet virtual journey to Israel at the Board of Jewish Education, Gimel's field trip to the ARK, Daled goes to Chicago Jewish Funerals and Hay goes to the Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie.
Bat/Bar Mitzvah and beyond. Bar/Bat Mitzvah training begins approximately a year before this important life cycle event, and family learning with our clergy is part of that preparation. Our post Bat/Bar Mitzvah program, includes a very successful eighth grade symposium, an innovative values-based program for high school freshmen and sophomores and a Jewish leadership program for juniors and seniors that focses through the lens of philanthropy.
Special Needs. We are prepared to adapt classroom materials and teaching approaches to meet the learning needs of any child in our school and offer tutorial classes for children with special needs.
For additional information contact the school office at 847-498-5352 or [email protected].