Come grow with us!
Join the the Shaarie Torah community as our kids come together to learn, celebrate, sing, make, do and connect through our religious school programs. With programs for preschoolers through high school, we’re not just passing on Jewish identity and values to our kids – we are creating a vibrant intergenerational Jewish community! We offer Shabbat School for elementary-aged students, a middle and high school program on Wednesday nights, Bar/Bat Mitzvah training, family services and youth groups for grades 3-12.
Shaarie Torah strives to foster in each child the ability and desire to live a Jewish life, a commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world), and a sense of joy in experiencing all that our heritage has to offer.
Through youth-focused programming which aims to instill Jewish identity in every child, our children are learning our rituals and values in accordance with traditional Judaism through a contemporary lens. Engaging both parents and children, we seek to increase knowledge of our sacred texts and traditions, while teaching their relevance in today’s world.
Elementary (Grades K-5): Shabbat School
We do Shabbat School because we value Shabbat and want to come together as a whole intergenerational community!
We begin with a thirty minute kid-friendly service which parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their children. As a young learners’ community, we engage in some singing, reflecting and praying together. After the service, the kids continue their learning with their age cohort.
Our program combines formal learning with fun activities — art, play-acting, making food in our kitchen, singing, and even a little dancing once in a while!
After Shabbat School, families are encouraged to join the community for our weekly delicious Shabbat Kiddush lunch which begins at 12:30pm.
Middle/High (Grades 6-12): Wednesday Night School
Our Wednesday Night School offers social and educational opportunities for teenagers eager to:
* strengthen their Jewish knowledge and identity;
* deepen their understanding of the Jewish traditions (including preparation for Bar and Bat Mitzvah);
* learn what Jewish teaching has to say about contemporary issues;
* engage in acts of tikkun olam by helping out in the community with various organizations; and
The Wednesday Night School program is developed by teenagers for teenagers. Topics of discussion often focus on issues of importance to our teen congregants: gossip, peer pressure, bullying, sexuality, modesty, alcohol and drugs, etc. Wednesday Night School periodically meets at local non-profits serving people in need, in support of our community-wide goal of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and sometimes engage with youth from other synagogues in city-wide Jewish teen events and gatherings (including Israeli dancing)!
One special feature of our Wednesday Night program is that we begin each class by gathering over a homemade meal to connect, relax, nourish and share with one another. So parents, it’s one less thing you have to worry about, at least on Wednesdays!
As students prepare for their bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies they come to learn the full scope of Jewish living and gain an awareness about the importance of marking time in holy ways. Learning Hebrew deepens the world of prayer for our students by bringing them an understanding about the meaning of the prayers. Hebrew knowledge serves as a connection to the sacred texts of our tradition and Jews around the world. In every grade students will be exposed to the basic tenets of Judaism, each year going into more complex understanding of those tenets.