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Youth Education (K-12th)

online resources - Youth Learning at home

During this unique period of time at home during the shelter-in-place order by the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, you might be wondering what resources are available to continue your child's Jewish education from home. We've compiled an excellent list of online resources to support your family!

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.  Please note that we are committed to exclusively virtual programming through December, via Google Classroom, Google Meets, and Zoom.

Ages 2-5 Years

  • Shir Shabbat Junior: monthly, fun, kid-friendly Saturday morning Shabbat program - check the calendar for 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: Our Kindergarten-2nd Grade program takes place on Sunday mornings from 9:45am-11:30am.  In our program, parents and their children will experience and learn about Judaism together a family.  Younger siblings are welcome to participate throughout the morning.   Our 3rd-6th Grade program takes place on Sunday mornings from 9:30am-11:30am.   Our students will begin the school day in their core classes, followed by a short tefillah session led by Rabbis Aron or Schwartz, and our song leaders.   Students then will be able to choose from a variety of chugim (electives) taught by our teachers.  
  • Hebrew School: 3rd-6th graders attend class once per week on either Mondays or Tuesdays, for 30-minute small group sessions between  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. - 8:15 p.m. This program covers an important, enriching curriculum and leads to confirmation as well as a special social justice program 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 Gary Geller 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. 

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

  • We want our students to gain Jewish knowledge and understand how Judaism can help us live better, more joyful, and purposeful lives.  

  • We want learning to result in a sense of pride in being Jewish. 

  • We want their learning to be dynamic, experiential, and lift up the Jewish narrative, in America, Israel, and the world.  

  • We also want them to form deep relationships with each other and feel part of a sacred community (kehillah kedoshah) in which they can participate in and be supported by. 

  • We want them to feel that Shir Hadash is a safe and inclusive space, in which their individual needs and differences are being valued.

OUR SCHOOL BRIT (COVENANT)

The Congregation Shir Hadash Religious School is a school in which all of its students and its staff:

  • Are treated with respect (kavod);
  • Have a sense of responsibility (achrayut) towards each other; and
  • Strive to be radically accepting and inclusive, acknowledging that everyone is created in the image of God (B’tzelem Elohim).

 

Fri, December 4 2020 18 Kislev 5781