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Elementary School Programs K-5th

Temple Sholom of West Essex has a devoted space for our Religious School programs. The very size of our Temple allows familiarity, comfort and a true sense of community for all.


K, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade
4th & 5th Grade


  • Kindergarten-2nd Grade: Hebrew Through Movement (HTM)
    HTM introduces Hebrew in a playful and meaningful way, creating a positive first link between children and Hebrew. During Religious School they participate in Tefillah/Shira (prayer and singing) with our Cantor.

  • 3rd  -  5th Grade
    We engage our students in learning the alef-bet and prayer curriculum using a variety of digital and print materials, including music and videos. We strive to enhance learning and help students make meaningful connections. During Religious School they participate in Tefillah/Shira (prayer and singing) with our Cantor.

Jewish Studies 
We offer a fresh approach to Jewish education by using technology, short videos, music, texts, stories and activities to make the learning engaging for our students. Throughout the year students will learn about the holidays, Torah, history, and Israel all through the lens of Jewish values.
Our students will:
  • Be empowered to live meaningful Jewish lives by connecting lessons to real-world scenarios, helping them apply Jewish learning to their daily lives. 
  • Develop a positive Jewish identity, allowing them to explore their own personal connection to our heritage.
  • Acquire important tools and develop social-emotional skills that they can apply in all of their interactions.

Youth Group: TaSTYKef! Kef means fun! 
Our youngest learners (K-5th graders) gather approximately 5 times a year on a Sunday for a social event often connected to Judaism. Past events include: Chopped Jr-The Sukkot Edition, Passover Escape Room, and Mitzvah Makers.

Pasta Dinners - Tuesday @5:45pm  and Wednesdays @6:00pm
Once a month after Religious School, families join their child(ren) for a complimentary Pasta dinner. This gives families a chance to enjoy a meal together and socialize. 
Hang Out @Home Shabbat - Friday night
About once a year families volunteer to host their grade level at their home for Shabbat. Together we sing Shabbat blessings, enjoy a pizza dinner, and hang out. 

Families Together
Judaism is not just a classroom experience at Temple Sholom! Students and parents will participate in day trips to places of  Jewish interest. Additionally, we offer experiential programs for families.


Wed, May 18 2022 17 Iyar 5782