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Yom Chamishi, 29 Iyyar 5777


Who is the school for?
When do classes meet?
When does Midweek Hebrew meet?
When should my child start Religious School?
What are the Hebrew program goals?
What is taught in the Judaica program?
Will our children attend Services?
Is there a fee or tuition for religious school?
Are there other parts of the program we should know about?
How do I enroll my child in the Temple Shalom Religious School?


Who is the school for?

Temple Shalom Religious School is designed for students of our members in Kindergarten–Twelfth Grade.

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When do classes meet?

Kindergarten through Seventh grades meet Sunday from 9:30 AM to Noon.

Our High School Next Dor 2.0 program for students in 8-12 grade meets on Wednesday evenings at Temple Shalom. We also offer an independent study track for students seeking a more flexible learning option. Click here for information on our new Next Dor program for 8-12 grades.

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When does Midweek Hebrew meet?

Temple Shalom Midweek Hebrew offers two options of time and location:

3rd through 6th Grades
Wednesday
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
3rd through 6th Grades
Tuesday
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

                   Temple Shalom
                   6930 Alpha Road
                   Dallas, Texas

      St. Andrew United Methodist Church
      1401 Mira Vista
      Plano, Texas


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When should my child start Religious School?

Religious School begins in Kindergarten. If you join our congregation with an older child, we encourage you to begin Religious School as soon as you join the congregation.

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What are the Hebrew program goals?

We use the Union for Reform Judaism's Mitkadem Hebrew program. This is a liturgy based Hebrew learning program that becomes self paced in the middle of third grade. The goal of our program is to teach the skills and knowledge our students need in order to feel comfortable praying in our services in a Reform Jewish setting.

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What is taught in the Judaica program?

We use the Union for Reform Judaism's CHAI curriculum in First through Seventh grade. Each grade level focuses on a Jewish concept or theme through the lenses of Torah, Avodah (connection to God), and G'milut Chasadim (ethical treatment of others). For a detailed list of grade level themes and lesson plan titles go to chai.urj.org. During their years in our school our students will study:

  • God
  • Torah
  • G'milut Chasadim
  • Symbols
  • Prayer
  • Holocaust
  • Jewish Heroes
  • Prophets
  • Mitzvot
  • Comparative Judaism
  • Jewish Values
  • Israel
  • Holidays
  • Life Cycle
  • Tikkun Olam

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Will our children attend services?

Students participate in T'filot (services) as a regular part of the school curriculum. Students in grades K-6 participate in services regularly every Sunday, so they can develop familiarity and comfort with prayer and praying. There is also a service every afternoon for students in grades 3-6. Each 3rd through 6th grade student will participate in and or help to lead services every week. Parents are always welcome to join us for services.

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Is there a fee or tuition for religious school?

At Temple Shalom we recognize the importance of educating the next generation Jewish children, and the commandment to "teach them diligently to your children".  Therefore there is no tuition for religious school for our members' children in grades K-12.  There is a registation fee. There are also fees for B'nei Mitzvah and Confirmation.

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Are there other parts of the program we should know about?

In addition to everything listed above, our students participate in weekend retreats for students in grades 3-6 at Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas. 

Kesher “Connection” Shabbat (Grades K-7)

Each grade has an opportunity during the year to lead Friday night Shabbat worship. Following the service, participating students and their families will join together for a festive Shabbat dinner offsite.

Junior Youth Group (Grades 3, 4 & 5 and Grades 6 & 7)

Students in Grades 3 - 7 are divided into age-appropriate youth groups and are invited to join their peers at social programs and outings every other month throughout the year.

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How do I enroll my child in the Temple Shalom Religious School?

Temple Shalom Religious School is limited to the children of members of Temple Shalom. To enroll your child, simply call our main office to request a Membership Packet. Our Executive Director, Steve Lewis, will be happy to assist you with all of the financial information. A separate Religious School Registration Form, including a comprehensive health form, must be submitted to the Lifelong Learning Office.

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