Give your child a positive Jewish identity, a love of Judaism, and a desire to learn about living Jewishly. Exciting hands-on programs, student-centered classes, and a dedicated faculty at Congregation Beth Shalom’s Ethel Honigman Religious School links the modern Conservative Jewish movement with today’s world. We welcome all children who want to enrich their knowledge and make a connection to the Jewish faith.
Parents! Join in all aspects of your child’s learning–family programs, meetings, classroom visits, field trips and at-home assignments.
Programs for Pre-Kindergarten through High School
Building A Jewish Foundation
Our youngest students have class each Sunday morning and learn about Jewish holidays, Torah, and Hebrew through lively story, song, and activities. We offer a Tot Shabbat program on select Saturday mornings in our Bubbe & Zayde room for toddlers – six year olds and their grown up and “Mishpacha & Me” a family program on select Friday nights throughout the year. These programs expose the children to the beauty of our Shabbat rituals and songs with a hands-on, memorable approach.
Moving Toward Adulthood
Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation is an integral part of the program, beginning in fifth or sixth grade. Our clergy and staff works closely with your child to prepare for this milestone. Our special programs, activities, and learning opportunities mark this transition, as our children become Jewish teenagers and take their place in our community. Students in 7th grade, our Bet Mem Club, are required to attend at least 10 services a month, attend scheduled once a month “lunch n’ learn” sessions with the Rabbi and participate in 13 hours of community service during the year prior to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, all in preparation to take on the responsibilities of Jewish adulthood. Our “B’Yachad” (together) program for the B’nai mitzvah class and their parents is another way to bring the whole family in to the spiritual process of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Our rabbis have created special family sessions with study, discussion and experiences together. The schedule of “B’Yachad” programs is listed in the Bnai Mitzvah section.
Creating Jewish Identity
By second grade and continuing through seventh grade, students attend classes two times a week: Sunday and Wednesday. Delving deeper in Judaism, these important years are filled with discussion, activity, and exploration of our faith. Hebrew language activities and Hebrew through Prayer clinics and Hebrew Through Movement sessions are a part of our core curriculum. Students in 2nd through 6th grades attend a 45 minute Hebrew session each school day. Creative art projects, Israeli culture, Israeli dance, Jewish and music and field trips pertinent to the class’ curriculum are woven into the sessions throughout the year. Students are asked to attend “Shabbat Minyanaire’s Club” (SMC)/Family Services once a month on a scheduled Saturday morning or Friday night.
- Field trips
- Family programs
- Community events
- Shabbat dinners
- Youth Groups- Kadima and USY
- Jewish Holiday programs
- Community service events
- Tutoring opportunities
Post-B’nai Mitzvah students, 8th – 12th graders, are welcomed in to The Jewish Journeys Institute or JJI. Please see our Jewish Journeys Institute page for a complete description of the Religious school programs for 8th -12th graders.