Dear TBS Parents and Friends,
This year, Temple Beth Shalom Religious School will again provide Jewish education to our children, ages preschool through twelfth grade. We are looking forward to another year of learning, discovering, and growing together as a Jewish community!
Class Schedules and Teachers
The first day of school for all students is Sunday, August 30. The schedule of courses is as follows:
- Pre-K meets on selected Sundays from 10:30-12 with Ms. Shari Weiner
- Grades K-7 meet on Sundays from 9-12. Parents are encouraged to join us for T’fillah from 11:30-12:00 each week.
- Grades K-1 with Morah Jean Beasley
- Grades 2-3 with Morah Elisa Gretta
- Grades 4-5 with Morah Abby Cymerman
- Grades 6-7 (pre-B’nai Mitzvah) with Moreh Oudi Singer
- Grades 3-7 also meet on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 (optional for Grade 3)
- Grades 8-12 meet on selected Sundays from 12-2 with Moreh Oudi, Morah Stefani, and Rabbi Jim
The full school schedule is attached, and is also available on our website at http://tbshudson.org/calendar/. If you use iCal, you can subscribe to the TBS calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/webmaster%40tbshudson.org/public/basic.ics
We are going to use Google Forms for online registration again this year. Please use this link to register: http://goo.gl/forms/bahsq9VSSF
If you prefer paper registration forms, they are available for download here:
- Registration cover letter 2015-16
- Registration forms 2015-16
- Religious School calendar 2015-16
- Registration flyer 2015-2016
Whether you register on paper or online, please complete the payment form to calculate your total fees and either either use our new online payment center at http://www.tbshudson.org/duesfeesdonations to pay with your credit card/PayPal account or mail the form to Temple Beth Shalom Religious School, PO Box 2230, Hudson, Ohio 44236 with your check (payable to Temple Beth Shalom). The registration fee of $30 per family is waived if tuition is paid in full by September 1, 2015.
Our fees have not increased for this year. They remain $550 per child for Sunday School, $200 additional for Thursday Hebrew, and $250 for Post-B’nai Mitzvah classes. We strive to take advantage of available grants and other programs to keep our fees low while still providing a rich educational environment for our students. If you cannot afford tuition, please contact me for confidential financial arrangements.
Save the Dates: Family and Intergenerational Learning Programs
One of the goals of Temple Beth Shalom is to provide educational experiences that cross generations and enable our congregational community to learn together. This year, we have several programs planned. Please mark your calendars and be on the lookout for flyers with more information and registration details:
“Apples and Honey” Family Field Trip to Beckwith Orchards, Kent (grades Pre-K - 7)
10A-12P Sunday, September 13, 2015
“B’nai Mitzvah Journey” Family Education program (grades 6-7)
11A-2P Sunday, August 30, 2015
5P-8P Saturday, November 7, 2015
5P-8P Saturday, March 12, 2016
9A-1P Sunday, May 1, 2016
“Shabbat 101” Intergenerational Learning Program (all ages - open to the community) Dinner and program from 6-7:30P, followed by special Shabbat “learning services” at 7:45P, with Oneg Shabbat to follow:
Friday, October 23, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
The series will culminate in an Artist-in-Residence Weekend with Jewish musician and educator Naomi Less, including a special “Musical and sTorahTelling Shabbat Service” on Friday, January 29, 2016, and workshops and a luncheon on Sunday, January 31, 2016.
HuBSTY/NFTY Youth Groups
Once again, we will be offering a NFTY-affiliated youth program for students in middle and high school. HuBSTY-JYG is for students in grades 6-8, and HuBSTY-TYG is for grades 9-12. HuBSTY dues are included in TBS Religious School fees. Teens who wish to join HuBSTY but are not registered in TBS Religious School will be asked to pay dues of $36. All Jewish teens are welcome: you do not have to be a member of TBS to join HuBSTY.
High School Programs
Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to register for the monthly Post B’nai Mitzvah “Lunch & Learn” class, during which they will be working with Rabbi Jim to devise a confirmation class program (which will meet such times/days as are mutually agreed). Additionally, high school students who are interested in working with our younger students can register for our Madrichim program, which will incorporate volunteer opportunities with leadership training. Registered madrichim will also have the opportunity to serve as paid aides for retreats and special programs.
In addition to our Parent-Child Pre-K class, TBS offers two other programs for families with young children. “Tot Shabbat” is held prior to the first Shabbat service of each month, and is a brief, fun, interactive service targeted at children ages 6 and younger, followed by a kid-friendly oneg. “TBS Tots Around Town” is a playgroup-style program for families with children ages 5 and younger which meets in various locations around Hudson and its environs. Families do not have to be members of Temple Beth Shalom to participate in Tot Shabbat or TBS Tots Around Town, and there is no fee for these programs. Please check the TBS calendar for event dates.
Learning Council and Volunteers
We love volunteers! Parents are welcome to help in our school at any time, whether with special projects or with general classroom activities. If you have a particular interest which you would like to share with our school, please let me know.
Recently, Temple Beth Shalom has founded a new Learning Council. This initiative brings together parents, teachers, teens, adult learners, and other members of the congregation who are interested in our educational programming. Parents are very welcome to join this group, and/or the Religious School subcommittee which will be forming soon.
Please share this information regarding TBS Religious School with your family and friends who may be interested in enrolling their children in our program. We would like to extend a particular welcome to unaffiliated families of young children. Families may enroll students in our Sunday School (grades Pre-K - 2) for one year before becoming members of Temple Beth Shalom.