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?
Temple Shalom Religious School is designed for students of our members in Kindergarten–Twelfth Grade.
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 at the homes of either Rabbi Boxman or Rabbi Paley for dinner and thoughtful, Jewish based discussions about hot topics, text and teen issues.
Temple Shalom Midweek Hebrew offers two options of time and location:
3rd through 6th Grades, 4:30pm to 6:00pm
- Wednesday: Temple Shalom, 6930 Alpha Rd, Dallas, 75240
- Tuesday: North Satellite, 5301 Democracy Drive, Plano, 75024 (Lone Star Language Academy)
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.
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.
We offer Religious School for students in kindergarten through sixth grade on Sunday morning. Our dedicated faculty utilizes the Institute for Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) Curriculum for Judaic Studies and our very own Modern Hebrew curriculum for Hebrew Studies. 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 the ISJL 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 or 1st grade buddy for special activities.
During their years in our school our students will study:
- G’milut Chasadim
- Jewish Heroes
- Comparative Judaism
- Jewish Values
- Life Cycle
- Tikkun Olam
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.
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 registration fee. There are also fees for B’nei Mitzvah and Confirmation.
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 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.
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.