School FAQs


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. We have a monthly Tots Academy program for parents and 2-4 year olds. Click here for the Religious School Brochure. 

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When do classes meet?

Kindergarten through Seventh grades meet Sunday from 9:30am 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.

Our Beyond Next Dor program is for current 11th and 12th grade students. Students meet monthly on Sundays at noon for Jewish based discussions about hot topics, text and teen issues.

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When does Midweek Hebrew meet?

Temple Shalom Midweek Hebrew offers two options:

3rd through 6th Grades

  • In person classroom: Wednesdays 4:30-6:00pm at Temple Shalom, 6930 Alpha Rd, Dallas, 75240
  • Online learning in small groups (day/time determined by group)

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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?

For students in third through sixth grade, we offer a Modern Hebrew based curriculum that will prepare each student to read fluently and participate in Reform Jewish prayer services. This program is also designed to prepare B’nei Mitzvah students to lead services in our congregation.

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What is taught in the Judaica program?

We offer Religious School for students in kindergarten through seventh grade on Sunday morning. 

We strive to provide a meaningful and positive Jewish learning experience for every student based on individual abilities.

Our seventh grade meets in preparation for entering the Next Dor 2.0 program the following year. Our faculty teaches curriculum during the first hour and during the second hour students engage in community service projects, field trips, youth group activities and are matched with a Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade buddy for special activities.

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

In 2020, our curriculum will focus on Hillel’s teaching:
If am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am only for myself, what am I?
If not now, when?
Pirkei Avot 1:14

Kindergarten – 6th grade students will use the La-Bri’ut curriculum which focuses on five key Jewish values to teach resilience.

Sukkat Shalom (shelter of peace) – A sense of safety
Ometz Lev (inner strength) – A sense of calm
G’vurah (strength & power) – Self- and communal- efficacy
K’hillah (community) – Social connectedness
Hesed (loving kindness) – Hope attained by reaching out to assist others

Learn more about what is happening in our K-6 program here: https://jec-tohealthcurric.weebly.com/.

Our 7th grade students will use the above text as a lens to focus on the values of tolerance, diversity, inclusion, and generosity of spirit. We believe this will help students fully embrace what it means to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

In our Next Dor program (8th-10th grades) this text will guide us to think about care for self and others in this unusual and challenging time. We will be participating in Tzedek America’s online learning program, connecting with leaders and teens from across the U.S. and exploring the issues of social justice and compassion.

And, in Beyond Next Dor our 11th and 12th graders will use these texts as a lens to view their place in the world and the place of Judaism in their lives as they prepare for the next stages of their education journey and begin planning for their college years.

 

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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 each Wednesday afternoon in Midweek Hebrew for students in grades 3-6. Each 3rd through 6th grade student will participate in and or help to lead services. Parents are always welcome to join us for services.

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Is there a fee or tuition for religious school?

There are fees for religious school as well as Tots Academy, B’nei Mitzvah and Confirmation. Please contact the Lifelong Learning Office for specific information.

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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. 

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Junior Youth Group (Grades K-2, 3, 4 & 5 and Grades 6 & 7)

Students in Grades K- 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 online Religious School Registration Form, including a comprehensive health form, must be submitted to the Lifelong Learning Office.

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