Religious School

Religious School is in person this year on Sunday mornings for Kindergarten – 7th grade from 9:00-12:00.

TBS 2022-2023 Religious School

September 11, 2022 Opening Day of Religious School
September 18, 2022
October 16, 23, and 30, 2022
November 6, 13 and 20, 2022
December 4, 11, and 18, 2022
January 8, 22 and 29, 2023
February 5, 12, and 26, 2023
March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2023
April 16, 23 and 30, 2023
May 7, 2023
Sunday, May 21, 2023 Closing Day of Religious School

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Welcome to the Temple Beth Sholom Religious School! We are a warm and welcoming community, which attracts families from all over Orange County. We pride ourselves on the connections our Religious School and Youth Programs foster. We at TBS hold Jewish learning, worship, and community as central values. We take full advantage of our Southern California temple campus, frequently extending the walls of our classrooms to include our expansive outdoor spaces. Our teachers are capable educators, who delight in mixing formal and informal Jewish educational techniques to help bring each of our learners to Torah.

Opening Day: 
Sunday, September 11th – IN PERSON 
K-7th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
(Divided into three classes: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-7th)

Parent Meeting & Breakfast with Lena and Rabbi Sobel:
 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

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Parents should plan to attend the first hour on our opening day to meet teachers and learn more about the coming year from both Lena Shupper and Rabbi Sobel. Lena will describe the curriculum and program in full detail and will be available for questions.

Thank you TBS Sisterhood for generously providing breakfast! 

Hebrew Learning
Learning a second language (or 3rd or 4th!) and preparing for B’nai Mitzvah takes time, repetition, and context. To help meet those needs, Temple Beth Sholom will provide two set days a week of active Hebrew learning with peers. Hebrew will be embedded in the schedule on Sundays, which is now 9am-12pm. Online weekday Hebrew school for 3rd-7th graders will be held on Wednesdays for one full hour. We need all parents to complete the survey selecting a time you can make yourself available for Hebrew school. We will then share the results with you with the intent of gaining the greatest attendance.
Registration: If you have not yet registered for Religious School, we ask that you do so as soon as possible. This will help us in getting our classrooms set up, updating class lists, and the purchasing of supplies, etc. Please register HERE.
We have wonderful new Religious School staff and we look forward to introducing you to them on September 11th. We selected enthusiastically creative teachers who share our vision of Jewish education and learning. They are equally delighted to connect with your children and can’t wait to bring Judaism and Hebrew to life here at TBS.

New Curriculum: We want your child to love coming to Sunday school and to make joyful connections with their Jewish community. As a guiding baseline, we’re utilizing Shalom Learning’s inclusive curriculum which provides well-organized, fun lessons with movement, interaction, and project-based experiences, covering both Judaic and Hebrew education. TBS teachers will expand your child’s connection further with innovative and joyful games and experiments through music, art, cooking, and even Hebrew yoga. Each week you’ll receive a letter from your child’s teacher sharing what they learned and giving you open-ended questions for you to start a meaningful conversation with your child.
What will the Hebrew component look like? It might look like Hebrew Yoga (eg. curve your body into a gimmel; Mountain Pose while imagining standing at Mount Sinai), or it could be lawn games like giant Connect Four with prompted Hebrew conversation. A student can listen to and then digitally record themselves reading prayer words through Shalom Learning’s platform; or draw a blueprint of their bedroom and label objects in Hebrew (bed = mee-tah). Our teachers will make Hebrew learning fun and contextual for students. 

a) Grade-level Hebrew will be integrated into the Sunday morning curriculum for all students in grades K-7.

b) For students in grades 3-7, there is an additional required online small group, level-based Hebrew pod learning sessions. Held on Wednesday afternoons, time TBD.

c) Please note, for students in grades 8-12 please be patient with us. We’re in the process of revitalizing our program for our students in Grades 8-12. You’ll be hearing more after the High Holy Days.

All of our students participate in music and regular Hebrew and T’fillah enrichment. Our grade-level curricula are enhanced by all-school inter-generational, experiential learning family holiday celebrations and mitzvah projects.

Students with Special Needs: Jewish heritage teaches that each of us is created B’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God, and that each of us is to be valued. Guided by this tradition, the Temple Beth Sholom Religious School will act with sensitivity and work to the best of its ability to provide a positive experience for every child. Accommodations and support, in collaboration with parents, will be implemented within our means and within the structure of our program on a case-by-case basis.