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Shabbat School, Grades K-6

To secure a spot in the 2019-20 school year, May 1 is the deadline to become a Havurah member and enroll in Shabbat School. We kick off our new school year on May 18 with the Shabbat School Summit.

Our cooperative Shabbat School is one component of the Havurah Shalom community and of Jewish living. Over time, our experiences in Shabbat School are complemented by celebrating holidays and life-cycle milestones, tikkun olam (repair of the world), tefillah (prayer/reflection), and by bringing Jewish values into our daily life.

Havurah Shalom Shabbat School is for member families with children in grades K-6, and meets approximately 17 Saturday afternoons throughout the school year from 3:00 to 5:15 pm. Check our online calendar for dates. With the help of our education staff, parents work together in teams to plan and implement the curriculum and community building activities for their child’s grade.

Each teaching team is responsible for planning and implementing four sessions. In addition to giving our children a basis for Jewish learning, Shabbat School fosters a strong sense of community among families. Many parents feel that they, too, enhance their knowledge about and connection to Judaism through the Shabbat School experience. All levels of experience and knowledge are welcome in our Shabbat School.

In order for our family cooperative model of Grades K-6 Jewish education to continue to meet the diverse needs of families, their children and the larger Havurah community, we have the following policy for Shabbat School enrollment: Families must be Havurah Shalom members and register their children for Shabbat School by May 1, to ensure a spot for the upcoming year. From May 1 to August 1, enrollment in a particular grade is subject to space availability, in consultation with and at the discretion of the Education Director. Enrollment in Shabbat School is not available after August 1 for the upcoming year; families are welcome to join Havurah Shalom and fully participate in holidays, Shabbat celebrations, and all other family activities, of course. We are happy to speak with you about your family and Havurah Shalom at any time of the year.

For tuition assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact Deborah Eisenbach-Budner.

Information for the coming Shabbat School year will be posted here soon. The information below is for the 2018-19 school year.

In the photo above, a Shabbat School student is being clothed as the Kohen HaGadol during a Torah story enactment.  

Registration, Calendar, Handbook & More

  •   Registration Form 2019-20 (coming soon)


The goals of the Havurah's Shabbat School are to:

  • Develop and/or deepen our enthusiasm for Jewish learning and living.
  • Embrace the Jewish values of study, social justice, celebration in home and synagogue, and participation in life cycle events.
  • Appreciate and rely upon Jewish values as a guide to moral and responsible decision making for ourselves and our community.
  • Engage substantively with Jewish tradition and deepen our attachment to our community.

It is our hope that the Shabbat School experience, in concert with home and community and Jewish involvement, will facilitate these longterm outcomes:

  • Children will build the beginning of a foundation for lifelong Jewish learning and engagement.
  • Parents and children will be drawn into a warm and caring Jewish community that will enhance our Jewish living.

Please see the Havurah Shalom Shabbat School Parent Handbook (above)  for detailed information about the Shabbat School structure, parent teaching, and curriculum.


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