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It’s new, it’s innovative, it’s experiential and it works in today’s very busy world.
“Temple Sholom School”
This is not your parents’/grandparents’ religious school – this is a bold, fun and new approach to Jewish learning through an experiential education model
We celebrate together
The students get to know the services in a gentle, fun way.
We regularly celebrate holidays with the children and their whole families
We learn together
On Sundays we use the well-respected Chai program to teach Torah, Avodah and G’milut Chasidim. We also use drama, music, art, dance and independent project work to let the kids experience Judaism using all their senses.
Midweek Hebrew Club is for grade 4-6 students. It provides the flexibility you need. You pick the day and we will work with you to provide a dynamic teacher to work with small groups to learn together at a time and place that works for you.
Most important: We build relationships: with other kids, with Jewish role models and with other families.
• Cooking: In the kitchen, the students will learn recipes of the Torah and explore Jewish foods customs.
• Dance: In this elective the students will learn Israeli dances. They can also choose to prepare for the city wide Festival Harikud.
• Lego: Explore the Torah and its architecture in this hands on elective.
• Art: The students will learn about Torah through creative expression using all of their creative talents – paint and collage are just the beginning.
• Creative Judaism: This is a chance for students to use all their creative talents, to find ways to learn and teach in unusual ways – for example, to play and create games, photography, podcasts, film making and more.
• Drama: For our many budding actors who want to take part in and possibly even write their own plays.
• Hebrew Ulpan: A chance for our students to learn conversational Hebrew – the Hebrew of Israel.
• Independent Projects: For any student who wants to delve deeper into a part of Jewish history, culture or custom, we will provide the support needed to do research, meet people who can help and really get to know a topic.
• Krav Maga: Study Torah text and Jewish values through this martial art and self-defence system developed for the military in Israel.
We are excited to offer a Jewish educational experience for your child and your whole family that sets a new standard of excellence for supplementary Jewish education.
With change comes questions; here are some answers to frequently asked questions:
• How is Sunday going to change?
For students in Pre-school to Grade 3, our already strong program will be enriched with all-school events and programs allowing students and families to get to know each other in the school. We have arranged the Sunday calendar to be sensitive to ski weekends and holidays, providing, we hope, a reasonable balance between school and family activities. Pre-school – Grade 3 students will continue to use art, music, stories and hands-on activities to learn together about Jewish history and values using our Chai curriculum.
• What happens in Grades 4-6?
On Sundays, after an all-school assembly and minyan, students will go with their classmates to participate in the Chai or alternate curriculum as outlined on our website. In the final portion of the morning, they will take part in one of our new chugim (electives). Note that Hebrew will now be offered midweek instead of on Sunday mornings.
• What are chugim?
The chugim are electives that last about 45 minutes and will include: music, art, cooking, drama, independent projects (e.g. history, Jewish women, the sages, mitzvah projects, etc.) and more. Each chug will have a strong Jewish focus. This is an opportunity for the students to deepen their understanding and enrich their experience of Judaism by using all their senses. Students will participate in a chug for a 3-5 week period.
• How do the chugim work?
In your registration package, you will find a section addressing electives. The students in grades 4-6 will select those chugim that interest them. They will also have the opportunity to suggest electives they would like to see us provide. At the end of the 3-5 week period, there will be a multi-grade family event so that all of us will have a chance to see the result of the students’ activities. Then students will enroll in a new elective track.
• What are the family events?
The family events are two-fold. They provide an opportunity for families to come together on a Sunday morning or during a Shabbat to celebrate the result of their children’s labour – art, food, songs, independent projects and so on. Each event will also include the opportunity for all family members to participate in an engaging and informative activity while meeting and connecting with other families in our school.
• What about the B’nai Mitzvah class?
The B’nai Mitzvah families will continue to participate in the nine week B’nai Mitzvah family brunch and learning – Al Shlosha Devarim . Then, in January the students will participate in the Sunday morning activities with the rest of the school. They will study with the Rabbis, help lead minyan and have the opportunity to choose chugim.
• What will happen to the Hebrew program?
After Grade 3, Hebrew will be taught during the week. We are offering the opportunity for the children to learn in a midweek Hebrew club. These clubs will allow flexibility regarding the day of the week, the location, and the time so that you can choose what best suits your family’s needs.
• How does the midweek Hebrew club work?
On different days and at various locations throughout the city, we will gather 5-8 students together in multi-age groups and provide a Hebrew teacher. Hebrew Club can meet at your home, a recreation center, after school, at the temple. Wherever is most convenient for the group.
For 90 minutes, the Hebrew Club will have an immersive learning experience led by a dynamic Hebrew teacher. The program will make full use of technology such as ipads, as well as games, independent learning and group activities to make learning Hebrew inspiring, relevant and engaging .
There will be time for socializing and snacks as well.
We also plan to get the families of Hebrew Club students together for Shabbat, holiday and social activities throughout the year. It’s not just a club for your children, but one for your whole family.
• How will you choose a day for Hebrew?
In your registration package, you will find a section that allows you to choose from a number of options. We will then create small groups of students to meet together.
• Will the cost of the program change?
Despite the many benefits these changes will bring to you and your children, the cost only reflects an increase commensurate with the cost of living changes. Temple Sholom believes deeply in the value of Jewish education and will not turn any child away for financial need. Please contact our office if you need financial assistance or would like to help provide scholarship funding for families that do.