Our Religious School is strongly committed to preserving and promoting Judaism as an active force in the hearts and minds of our children. Our congregation proudly considers our Religious School to be a top priority, and we reflect that concern in an ongoing program of innovation and growth for our school. We strive to create an atmosphere, which expresses the joy of discovering our rich Jewish Heritage. In October of 2001, our Religious School received national accreditation by the National Association of Temple Educators . In April of 2008, the Relgious School received reaccredidation for another seven years - an honor once again. We are proud to have received this coveted title, as one of 30 out of 980 schools with such a distinction and the ONLY school in New Jersey.
Structured religious training is offered at Kindergarten and extends through 12th grade. We wholeheartedly encourage parents to take an active role in their child's Jewish Education. Hand-in-hand, parents and school must work together in order to obtain our education objectives. Through our joint efforts, we will see our children become informed and self-respecting Jewish adults.
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Religious School Times
Grades 3, 4, 5, 6: Hebrew
Tuesdays OR Wednesdays, 4:15pm-6:00pm
Tuesdays, 6:15pm-8:15pm AND Wednesdays, 4:15pm-6:00pm
High School (Grades 8-12)
A note about inclement weather & school closings:
As soon as a school closure or delay is decided it will be posted on the main page of our website ( http://templeharshalom.org ) AND if that closure or delay effects your child’s religious school session, an e-mail blast will be sent to you as well as a text message or phone call via our new automated system.
Religious School Midweek Session: Our Religious School will follow the Warren Public School's decision to cancel school due to weather conditions. If the Warren Public schools call for an early dismissal due to weather conditions then afternoon and evening classes will be cancelled as well. All families will receive a call from our NEW automated calling system if any closures are to take place as well as it being posted on our temple website. We will strive to make all decisions by 2:30PM.
Religious School Sunday Session: Our Director of Education and Temple Administrator in conjunction with the Warren Police Department will make a decision to cancel School for Sunday morning. Should the decision be made to close school, it will apply to both first and second sessions. Families will be notified by our NEW automated calling system as well being able to log on to our temple website no later than 7AM.
Many of our post B’nai Mitzvah students work in our Kindergarten, First & Second Grade classrooms as Madrch’im (teaching assistants). Madrich (for a male) or Madicha (for a female) literally means "one who shows the way". We believe that our older students can make a meaningful impact upon both their own lives and those of our younger students. We have three goals for our Madrichim:
1. To serve as role models for our younger students by demonstrating appropriate classroom behaviors and showing that they think that spending time at Temple - learning and doing Jewish things - is "cool."
2. To serve as junior teaching partners to the classroom teachers: They facilitate classroom management, teach lessons, and help prepare materials.
3. To someday become Jewish classroom teachers, when they go off to college and beyond. Our teachers serve as mentors for the Madrichim, sharing their skills and insights into the teaching and planning processes.
How Can Parents Help?
We view parents as our partners – understanding that the job of raising the next generation of Jewish adults is a combined effort between the home and school. Join us – we’ll have fun, too! There are a variety of ways to become involved, including:
Serving as a grade level class parent
Helping to set up class or school programs such as a Passover or Tu B’shevat Seder
Shopping for or preparing something for a class or school program
Driving and chaperoning a class trip
Substituting for an absent teacher