Our main goal as Jewish educators at Congregation Kol Shalom’s Religious School is to empower our students with knowledge about Judaism and about being a Jew so that they will be able to go anywhere in the world as Jews and join in any congregation and Jewish community. We want to instill Jewish values to help guide them through their lives as conscientious citizens, understanding and dedicated to our people’s essential principle of Tikkun Olam. It is up to us to make the world a better place. “Lo alecha…” We are sending our students out into the world tethered in their hearts and minds to the three things on which Jews have depended for over 2,000 years: study of Torah, prayer, and acts of loving kindness — Torah, Avodah, v’Gmilut Hassidim.
Our philosophy is that every Jewish child deserves a Jewish education which includes:
- Familiarity with the basics of the Hebrew language
- The history of Am Yisrael
- Discovery & exploration of the Torah
- The culture of Israel & its inhabitants
- The nature of world Jewry and the place of individual Jews in that world
- The defining Jewish values & Tikkun Olam
- Major Jewish practices, Holidays, and the importance of Shabbat
At Congregation Kol Shalom’s Religious School we have many interfaith families. We respect the beliefs and choices of each family and encourage inclusion. Family participation is very important to our school and we invite families to celebrate and participate in our schools events.
One of our most important goals at Kol Shalom’s Religious School is for our students to enjoy and engage in their learning at their level of readiness and so we incorporate arts and crafts, song and dance, and celebration of Jewish holidays. We encourage our students to respectfully question; in doing so, they become part of the conversation. We want their experience at Hebrew school to be a positive one in the hope that it will spark a lifelong journey in Judaism as a Jew.
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For more information, please contact President Carrie Arndt or Religious School Committee Chair Elaine Liffgens.