Congregation Shalom Schools strive to make a Jewish connection with each child’s spiritual, intellectual, and emotional needs. We attempt to give each child a solid foundation of Jewish knowledge within a Reform Jewish perspective, the opportunity to develop their personal beliefs and connections to their faith, and the understanding that Jewish teachings and values can apply to every aspect of their daily life.
Our clergy, faculty and staff seek to inspire a life long pride in one’s Jewish identity; a love of Jewish learning; an appreciation for holidays, understanding of life-cycles, ritual practices and ethical living.
We are thrilled to welcome you and your children to our school family.
View the current 2018/2019 School Calendar here.
Religious School for K4 - 6th grade meets on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Religious school studies cover a range of topics that include: Jewish symbols, holidays, the synagogue, bible stories, Israel, life cycles and rituals.
Chai School for 7th – 10th grade students will be held on Sundays from 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
In 7th, 8th and 9th grade, students will be enrolled in core and elective courses. Participation in Mitzvah Day, Yom HaShoah, Yom Ha’azmaut and field trips are part of the Chai School program. Core courses include Tikkun Olam, Comparative Judaism, Comparative Religion, Ethics, Jewish History. Elective classes include the arts, cooking, culture, contemporary Israel, current events, hot button issues, Jewish Milwaukee and Shoah (Holocaust) studies.
Confirmation for 10th graders consists of class study, students engage in mitzvah projects and have the opportunity to participate in a class trip. This year's trip will be to New York City and is certainly a highlight of the year.
Students in 11th and 12th grades can continue their study following Confirmation. They will meet with one of the rabbis and other guest speakers approximately once or twice a month. The program includes dinner with one of the Rabbis and influential Milwaukee leaders. Post confirmation students will also have the opportunity to participate in the confirmation trip.
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The goal of our Hebrew curriculum is to provide students with the tools necessary to read and understand the meaning of the prayers in our liturgy and to provide a taste of the living language of Hebrew. We place emphasis on general Hebrew reading fluency in an effort to obtain a mastery of prayer reading. Students will also be introduced to some Modern Hebrew in an effort to provide a link to the modern language of the Jewish people.
In accordance with Congregation Shalom policy, four complete years of Hebrew school or its equivalent, along with concurrent enrollment in religious school, is required prior to becoming a bar/bat mitzvah. At Congregation Shalom, our formal Hebrew School program begins with our Aleph program (3rd grade) and continues through our Dalet program (6th grade). Level of study is based on performance and grade levels. We attempt to use a variety of strategies to teach Hebrew. They include cooperative groups, learning circles, technology/media, and student developed and led services.
|Aleph||First Year||Grade 3; ages 7, 8 & 9|
|Bet||Second Year||Grade 4; ages 8, 9 & 10|
|Gimel||Third Year||Grade 5; ages 9, 10 & 11|
|Dalet||Fourth Year||Grade 6; ages 10, 11 & 12|
|Hey||Fifth Year||For Students who began Hebrew in 2nd Grade; ages 12, 13, 14|
|Family Hebrew||Parents and students study Hebrew together with other families and meet regularly on Sundays.|
Students in Aleph - Dalet attend Hebrew School one day a week for two hours on either Tuesday or Wednesday (4:15 – 6:15 p.m.) or on Sundays for Family Hebrew. Special Hey tracks will be available on Sunday a.m. for designated students.