Curriculum

Temple Emek Shalom’s Shul School program meets every other week from 10am until 1pm.  Each session begins as an entire school community with prayer and conversation with the Rabbis.  The students then separate into three 40-minute learning sessions, by age group, (2 in Judaic studies and 1 in Hebrew), and break to eat lunch together at noon.  Shul School ends with a brief communal gathering of sharing and song.

Jewish Values

Judaism offers a path to bring about more justice, healing, compassion and peace into the world.  Temple Emek Shalom embodies these Jewish values in our approach to building community and in the design of our educational programs.  Each of our weekly sessions are therefore grounded in one or more Jewish values, and each age group engages with these values in their own age-appropriate way.

Jewish Holidays

We prepare for the major Jewish holidays in the classroom by reviewing the stories, blessings, and prayers associated with each holiday and exploring their ethical and spiritual messages.

Torah 

Children engage with the core narratives of the Jewish people through multiple approaches.

Reading and Writing Basic Hebrew

Students learn how to read and write basic Hebrew in a fun and interactive environment.   Our 6th graders additionally participate in Hebrew Skype tutoring at home every other week to enhance Hebrew retention between the sessions.

Prayer 

Students learn to read, chant, and understand the basic Jewish blessings and prayers in a joyous and musical setting.  They are encouraged to reflect on the meaning of prayer and their evolving spirituality.

Special Events