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Youth Education (K-12th)

About Our Programs

Shir Hadash offers a wonderful array of youth programming from preschool through high school! An early-registration discount through June 15th is available for our K-12th-grade programs, so please register promptly. New member families receive the discounted early-bird pricing regardless of registration timing.

Ages 2-5 Years

  • Shir Shabbat Junior: monthly, fun, kid-friendly Saturday morning Shabbat program - check the calendar for details.
  • Sesame Shul: once-a-month pre-K program on Sunday mornings. Sesame Shul introduces Jewish values and holidays through stories, crafts, music, yoga, cooking, and gardening.  Families can learn with their child and bring Judaism home to reinforce concepts taught in the classroom. Contact  Samantha Meister for more details. 
  • Shir Hadash Early Childhood Center: fully-licensed preschool with full-day and part-day programs and options to enroll 5, 3, or 2 days per week.

K-6th Grades

  • Religious School: K-6th graders attend class on most Sundays throughout the school year from 9:30 a.m. to noon, plus parallel programs during High Holy Day morning services.
  • Hebrew School: 3rd-6th graders attend class once per week on either Mondays or Tuesdays from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. An alternative program, "Individualized Tutoring," is available as well. See details on the Hebrew School page.
  • B'nai Mitzvah Prep: For students approaching age 13. Learn more about B'nai Mitzvah Preparation.

See tuition and fee details for these K-6th-grade programs.

7th-12th Grades

  • Hebrew High: 7th-12th-graders meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. This program covers an important, enriching curriculum and leads to confirmation as well as a special international service-project trip for 11th and 12th-grade students.

See tuition and fee details for our 7th-12th-grade programs.

Questions?

Contact our rabbi educator, Rabbi PJ Schwartz or our youth and family programs/office assistant  Samantha Meister, for the current registration form and to answer any other questions you may have about these programs.

Tuition

You must be a member in good standing to enroll your children in Religious School. We make every effort to ensure that cost is not a barrier so that all children at Shir Hadash can receive a Jewish education. If needed, please complete the Scholarship Application (PDF) and contact Rabbi PJ Schwartz or executive director Eric Stone for more information on financial assistance. 

Tuition and fees may fluctuate a little bit each year, so please keep that in mind if you are referencing the prior year's tuition numbers. The exact cost for the upcoming enrollment year is usually released in May each year when enrollment begins for the following year. 

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

We welcome family involvement through our grade-level family program days as well as parent volunteers. Sign up now to volunteer with our Parent Volunteer Form (PDF).

Special Needs

We care about making our program as inclusive as possible for all students with a range of different needs. We are actively working to assess how we could improve our programs to better meet the broad range of needs of our families. Please offer us your input in this regard by contacting Rabbi Schwartz.

Mission and Vision

We feel that the role of Congregation Shir Hadash's Religious School is essential as we engage students and their families in Reform Jewish life, learning, and values. We strive to foster lifelong Jewish learning and commitment to a thriving Jewish community.

Our Core Values

  • Community (Khila yehudit) — We create an environment that fosters lifelong bonds to the Jewish community.
  • Respect (Kavod) — We will create a religious school climate that fosters respect for all. We believe Shir Hadash must be a safe place physically, emotionally, and spiritually for students, teachers and parents.
  • Relationships (Yechasim) — We value a creative and nurturing environment in which students can develop relationships with other children and adults.
  • Knowledge (Ma’da) — As reform Jews, we value transferring of knowledge of Judaism and the Hebrew language to our children in an environment that encourages discovery and questioning.
  • Service (Tikun Olam and Tzedakah) — We believe that it is through Tikun Olam that Judaism becomes relevant. Community service and Tzedakah will be integral components of the educational program.
  • Partnership (Shutafut) — We believe that our success is dependent on a committed partnership between the family, the Religious School, the greater Jewish community, and Israel.
  • Quality (Aichut) — We strive for the highest quality educational program with continuous evaluation and improvement.
  • Responsibility (Achri’ut) — We expect decision making and meaningful responsibility of parents, students and the school.
  • Prayer (Tefilah) — We value the participation in and understanding of personal and communal Tefilah.
  • Inclusion (Tzelem Elohim, near image of God) — We recognize the value of all students and constantly strive to accommodate different learning styles.
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