The world endures only for the sake of the breath of school children.
Babylonion Talmud, Shabbat 119b –
“I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let the lead the way…”
The Greatest Love of All –
Our traditions emphasize the importance of education. Teaching and learning are core Jewish values and this is why our community at Temple Beth Shalom wants to share some exciting news about our Hebrew/Religious school program.
During this past year, we have embarked on a long process to expand our call to serve the needs of the West Shore Jewish Community as specified in our mission statement. Yet, during the last decade, the Jewish community of Greater Harrisburg has experienced changes, made even more challenging by our weak economy. In response to these challenges we should all recognize the importance of shared resources for the continued success and stability of our community.
In this spirit, our community has opened our Hebrew/Religious school to members of the Jewish community regardless affiliation. While traditional services such as pastoral counseling, life cycle events, High Holy Days, B’nei mitzvah training and other congregational events still require a Temple membership, our school program will not.
The other area we addressed was our school calendar. We understand the challenges that face the modern family, particularly when it comes to time (or the lack thereof). To address this we have changed our school programming starting this fall to blend our twice weekly Hebrew/Religious School curriculum into an extended weekly Sunday School curriculum.
Much care was made to preserve a traditional core curriculum without sacrificing quality or depth, but we must understand that today children approach Jewish learning very differently than in days past. Our education committee has introduced brand new Hebrew textbooks that incorporate lessons about Shabbat, and morning liturgy, as well as parent-friendly software tools for home study and review.
Attached you will find a summary outlining a typical TBS Sunday School day. The price for an academic year (96 hours depending on liturgical calendar) is $500. This comprises tuition, book, snacks, and a team of devoted teachers supervised personally by the rabbi.
If you are curious or intrigued by this proposal, or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Temple Beth Shalom Religious/Sunday School Itinerary
9:30 – School begins with a short Havdalah service.
9:35 – 9:40 – Information time (community news, handouts and announcements).
9:45 – 10:45 – 1 hour of Judaica class – children will learn about Jewish festivals and traditions, scripture, history, and values.
10:45 to 11:00 – Snack-time.
11:00 – 12:00 – another hour of class on Hebrew language.
12:00 – 12:15 – Sunday school concludes in our Sanctuary with 15 minutes of music and song.