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Youth Education

“When you teach your children, you teach your children’s children.” 

—Talmud

Learn more about the Shir Hadash Curriculum and the Religious School Mission & Values.

Contact our Executive Director Eric Stone or Religious School Administrator Sianya Espinoza for information on registration.

Not a member yet? Call us to schedule a tour!

For prices, please see the tuition schedule. You must be a member in good standing to enroll your children in religious school.

Please review the FAQ regarding attendance policies, tutoring and other important information.

2018-2019 Calendars: Sunday (Religious School), Kulanu Sunday (7th & 8th grade) Monday and Tuesday (Hebrew School) and Hebrew High Tuesday (7-12th grade)

Religious School

Shir Hadash students in Kindergarten through 6th grade attend Sunday School. Classes are held on Sunday morning from 9:30 am to noon from September to May.

While your children are in school, please consider attending our Exploring the World of Judaism series.

 

B'nai Mitzvah Training

B’nai Mitzvah training is offered for all children who have completed the required Hebrew School syllabus and are preparing to study for their bar/bat mitzvah. Students will meet with the Cantor to learn their Torah and Haftorah portions as well as meet separately with an adult mentor in the congregation who will help them with their speeches.

For more details on the B’nai Mitzvah program, please download our B’nai Mitzvah Guide.

Notification of Bar/Bat mitzvah: Dates are given out two years in advance for the bet class. Lessons begin 24 weeks before the actual event.

Shir Hadash also conducts an Adult B’nai Mitzvah program on a biennial basis. Contact Rabbi Aron or the temple office at (408) 358–1751 for more details.

Hebrew High & Confirmation

All Shir Hadash students in 7th–9th grades attend Hebrew High as part of their commitment to continue their Jewish education beyond Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Confirmation is for 10th graders; in addition to classes on Tuesday evenings, the class goes on a trip, has mentoring sessions, does social action projects, and participates in a Confirmation service.

College Connection

Brighten your child’s Jewish holidays while they are away at school by signing up for college conection! The Shir Hadash College Committee helps college students stay connected to the synagogue and remind them of their Jewish traditions and treats when they cannot be home for the holidays. These care packages are sent three times a year, at Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot and Passover.

Hebrew School & Hebrew Tutoring

Hebrew classes are offered on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4–6 pm (you choose one day) for children grades 3–6. Both Religious School and Hebrew School are required for all children who wish to be Bar/Bat mitzvah.

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As an alternative to Hebrew school, we also offer a Hebrew Tutoring Program. This program consists of 30-minute private sessions taught by our faculty at Shir Hadash. The Hebrew Tutoring Program follows the same curriculum as the regular Hebrew School Program. Students in the Hebrew Tutoring Program do attend Religious School on Sunday like other students.

L’Taken: Jewish Social Values

Are you ready to change the world?

Then, get excited for the L’Taken class and Social Justice Seminar! In partnership with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), you will have the opportunity to impact our political process as you discuss your views on social justice topics and share them with decision-makers on Capitol Hill.

This is a Once-a-Month Program for 11th & 12th Graders

 

The Shir Hadash program features a once a month get together with Rabbinic Intern Aaron Sataloff. There we discuss issues important to you and to the world. We examine the Jewish values related to the topics and how we can truly make a difference.

What happens in DC?

The program is designed to both expose you to a variety of public policy issues and explore the Jewish values that inform the Reform Movement’s advocacy around these issues. They will give you the knowledge and tools to write an effective, persuasive and passionate speech on a topic of your choice to present when you visit the offices of your Senators and Representatives on the Monday of the program. Lobbying a Member of Congress is a unique experience that very few Americans take advantage of and one that can have a significant impact on the course of legislation. After meeting with our students, Members of Congress have chosen to co-sponsor, offer amendments to and vote for pieces of legislation that participants discussed.

Of course, you will also get to take advantage of the vast opportunities available in our nation’s Capital by visiting the National Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Smithsonian National Mall and celebrating Havdalah at the Jefferson Memorial. And, all the while, you will have the chance to meet and mingle with Reform Jews from across the United States, all of whom are in D.C. for the same reason that you are—to pursue tikkun olam. 

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