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Shabbat Shalom School
Download Our Registration Packet
Print and download our 2012 Registration Packet to learn more about our school and to enroll students.
School Philosophy and Curriculum
The Shabbat Shalom School is modeled on a family, with a focus on developmentally appropriate, inter-age activities to meet the needs and excite the imagination of each child.
Our curriculum for all levels, though differentiated by age, will overlap with a focus on:
- Jewish values
- Mitzvot / practice
- T’fillah / prayer
- Tikkun Olam / social action
We will begin and end each day together, as a whole school,with “prayer and share” and song.
We believe that Jewish life and education needs to not only be informational, but engaging, relevant and fun in order to be genuine and lasting. Students will come away feeling positive about their Jewish identity, about belonging and about being Jewish.
Students who complete the program will have the knowledge and skills required to be full participants in Jewish life in the home and the synagogue. They will be familiar with Jewish texts, history, and traditions, and be fluent readers of prayerbook Hebrew. In addition, children will be comfortable with the liturgy and melodies of worship. They will be fully prepared to participate in a year of study with Cantor Linda Semi, culminating in an opportunity to celebrate as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah on our bimah.
Sunday Morning and Wednesday Afternoon Classes
Classes are held Sunday mornings from 9:45 through 12:00 noon. You may wonder, why call a Sunday School, “Shabbat Shalom School?” There’s a story about two famous rabbis, Hillel and Shamai. While it is a tradition to make Shabbat extra special every week, each rabbi had a different view on how to do so. When Hillel would come across a treat during the week, he wouldn’t wait, because he took seriously enjoying the blessings of this world each day, and he would enjoy the treat then and there. However, when Shamai would come across a treat during the week, he’d set it aside and save it for Shabbat. Both of course are values, enjoying each day that we can and savoring Shabbat. Saying, “shabbat shalom,” even on Sunday not only helps us appreciate the blessings of each new day, but it also gives us something to look forward to as well.
In addition to our regular Sunday classes, we also have Sundays where the focus is tikkun olam where we volunteer at our local food bank.
We will also have three Mishpacha Sundays. This is a new program for the entire family, which will be held at the beginning of a Sunday School day. From 9:45-10:30 we will join together, and as individual families, in learning some element of Jewish tradition that includes a project. Bagels and cream cheese will be provided.
We will have a Family Havdallah programs on two Saturday evenings, and the students will occasionally participate in Saturday morning services.
Intensive Hebrew instruction is offered to children in grades 3 through 7 once a week on Wednesday afternoons. Rabbi Mark and Sima Krames are the teachers.
Meet Our School Director and Staff
Learn more about our School Director and Gimmel Teacher (ages 9-12), Rabbi Mark Melamut.
Learn more about our Aleph Teacher (ages 4-5), Jennie Dahl.
Learn more about our Bet Teacher (ages 6-8), Emily Weitzman.
Learn more about our Hebrew Teacher, Sima Krames.