Youth Education

“When you teach your children, you teach your children’s children.”
—Talmud

Registration for the 2013–2014 School Year Has Begun!

Deadline July 31, 2013.

We are using a secure online registration system. If you registered last year, you should have your user-id (email address) and password. To proceed, please click Registration for further instructions and link to the online system.

  • Can't find it? Contact Executive Director Art Scher at or Shanda Kaplowitz at to access your account.

  • Not a member yet? Call us to schedule a tour!

Financial aid is available by filling out the Scholarship Request form (PDF). Enrollment is still done online.

For prices, please see the tuition schedule. You must be a member in good standing to enroll your children in religious school.

Please review the FAQ regarding attendance policies, tutoring and other important information.

Religious School

Shir Hadash students in Kindergarten through 6th grade attend Sunday School. Classes are held on Sunday morning from 9:30 am to noon from September to May.

While your children are in school, please consider attending our Exploring the World of Judaism series.

Hebrew School & Hebrew Tutoring Program

Hebrew classes are offered on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4–6 pm (you choose one day) for children grades 3–6. Both Religious School and Hebrew School are required for all children who wish to be Bar/Bat mitzvah.

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As an alternative to Hebrew school, we also offer a Hebrew Tutoring Program. This program consists of 30-minute private sessions taught by our faculty at Shir Hadash. The Hebrew Tutoring Program follows the same curriculum as the regular Hebrew School Program. Students in the Hebrew Tutoring Program do attend Religious School on Sunday like other students.

B’nai Mitzvah Training

B’nai Mitzvah training is offered for all children who have completed the required Hebrew School syllabus and are preparing to study for their bar/bat mitzvah. Students will meet with the Cantor to learn their Torah and Haftorah portions as well as meet separately with an adult mentor in the congregation who will help them with their speeches.

For more details on the B’nai Mitzvah program, please download our B’nai Mitzvah Guide.

Notification of Bar/Bat mitzvah: Dates are given out two years in advance for the bet class. Lessons begin 24 weeks before the actual event.

Shir Hadash also conducts an Adult B’nai Mitzvah program on a biennial basis. Contact or the temple office at (408) 358–1751 for more details.

Hebrew High School & Confirmation

All Shir Hadash students in 7th–9th grades attend Hebrew High as part of their commitment to continue their Jewish education beyond Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Confirmation is for 10th graders; in addition to classes on Tuesday evenings, the class goes on a trip, has mentoring sessions, does social action projects, and participates in a Confirmation service.

Jews Around the World & L’taken: 11th & 12th Grade

This year our 11th and 12th graders will participate in L’Taken. L’taken is a special program focused on learning more about the intersection of Judaism, social justice, and public policy. During the approximately twelve sessions L’taken meets during the school year, students explore issues confronting our community and the world through a Jewish lens. Students help chose the topics covered, with past subjects including capital punishment, marriage equality, employer-employee relations, juvenile justice, and challenges confronting children from low income households. The studies are capped by the students creating and implementing a local project inspired by their learning.

A highlight of the L’taken program is traveling to Washington DC to participate in a Social Justice Seminar organized by Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. During their time in Washington DC, Shir Hadash students join with other Jewish teens from around the world in celebrating Shabbat, visiting important landmarks including touring the National Holocaust Memorial and Museum, and learning about issues confronting Congress. The visit to Washington concludes with the students lobbying their congressional representatives on an issue of their choosing.

We have a special two-year alternating program for our 11th and 12th graders. On alternative years our 11th and 12th graders study Jews Around the World. Students meet approximately once a month to discover how Jewish life and culture varies around the world. In the spring, the students will take a service learning trip connecting with the Jewish community there as well as engaging in social action projects to serve the local populace.

College Connection

Brighten your child’s Jewish holidays while they are away at school by signing up for college connection! The Shir Hadash Caring Committee helps college students stay connected to the synagogue and remind them of their Jewish traditions and treats when they cannot be home for the holidays. These care packages are sent three times a year, at Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah and Passover.