We are incredibly proud of our Hebrew school at Temple B'nai Shalom, which meets on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30. Our prayerbook based program begins formally in the fourth grade, although students begin learning the Aleph-Bet in religious school in the third grade. We have recently revised and rewritten our curriculum, and each class includes activities that meet the needs of all types of learners. Our fourth and fifth grade classes are a combination of whole group instruction and small group activities.
As part of each class, the students are offered the choice of different learning stations which help reinforce the prayers they have been taught. In addition, the fifth graders have the opportunity to take turns leading a short service each week.Beginning in the sixth grade, Hebrew school is divided into two different classes each evening. In addition to continuing their study of the prayers they will need to know for their B'nai Mitzvah, in the sixth grade the students have the opportunity to explore their own spirituality, learn about the history of prayer, and discuss how they will make their B'nai Mitzvah meaningful. And in the seventh grade the students study a different Jewish value each week, and also explore the various themes we find on our Torah and how to make Torah a meaningful part of our lives.