Engaging Our Children
Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all of their life. (Proverbs 22:6)
Teach Your Children Well. (Graham Nash, 1969)
Whichever source you prefer, teaching our children is an essential Jewish value. At Adat Shalom we strive to create a strong connection to Jewish values, including social action, our community, the State of Israel, and Torah. We are committed to instilling in our children a love of Judaism and Jewish learning.
We do this through creative and experiential programming that is relevant, age-appropriate, and innovative. Our teaching staff share their sense of joy; invite questioning and engagement in what the students are learning; and expose them to new ideas, issues, and opportunities for connection. Our students are as diverse as our community, with a full spectrum of learning styles. Our program is designed to support our plurality in a way that honors individual needs while nurturing group spirit.
As part of the Adat Shalom community, our students develop an appreciation of Jewish history, customs, beliefs, Hebrew language, ritual practices, and other teachings within a Reconstructionist context.
Our formal program for Kindergarten through 6th grade meets at Adat Shalom on Saturday mornings. Beginning in grade 3, students participate in regular Hebrew learning, either through Adat Shalom’s innovative HebrewTime program or through private Hebrew tutoring, vetted with the synagogue. Our innovative program for 7th grade supports families and students as they become b- mitzvah* and is scheduled based on programming activities. (*We honor our young people’s gender identity and choose this formula rather than the more binary “bar or bat” language.) Our weekly classes include a minyan — a joyous, song-filled, student co-led service – that is a building block for developing familiarity and comfort with the structure of Shabbat services and prayers. The goal is for students to participate in any congregational service with comfort and ease.
We are looking forward to welcoming our students and their parents, our madrichim/ot (student leaders), and our teachers on Shabbat morning, September 7! It will be a day of learning, reconnecting with friends, and celebrating our community.
We have a special one-year rate for non-members interested in enrolling their children in K-2nd grade. Please contact Rena Milchberg, education coordinator, for more information.
Welcome! ברוך הבא Baruch Haba!