Jewish Education for our Children

Dear Prospective Kerem Shalom Family,

We are delighted that you are interested in exploring Jewish learning at Kerem Shalom.

Our staff and faculty are deeply committed to partnering with you in the sacred work of teaching your children Jewish values that foster their growth as socially responsible, empathetic members of their class, school and synagogue community.  Our curriculum is integrated, so what our students learn about prayer, Torah, Israel, or social action is connected with art, music, movement, and cooking!  Students learn from each other in a nurturing, inclusive environment that focuses on individual learning styles and strengths.

We are committed to creating a community that welcomes, recognizes and honors students and family members of all abilities. Please let us know of any unique needs within your family as we will want to work with you and for you to ensure the integration of everyone into our community as a whole.

We offer a multi-faceted Jewish educational experience for your children in our one-day-a-week school, on either Monday or Wednesday afternoons.  Children in Grades 3-6 attend on Monday afternoons from 4:15-6:15 pm, with grade 7 having dinner from 6:00-6:30 pm and classes from 6:30-8:30 pm.   On Wednesdays, students in grades K-6 attend from 4:15-6:15 pm.  Each week our students meet for music.   We also hold school-wide minyanim (prayer services) 3 times a year.  Our rabbi visits with every Hebrew School class. Each grade has the opportunity to select the Tzedakah (righteous giving) recipient organization of the Month.  School families come together 4 times a year for our Grade level Friday Shabbat dinners and All-School Shabbat services, featuring student prayer leaders.  We celebrate holidays across the generations throughout the year.                    

To view our curriculum, click here.

Sunday morning Family Education programs for parents and children help strengthen our families and the tie between families and the synagogue, and provide support for fostering joyful Jewish life at home. Parents new to Judaism are able to learn and be challenged without being intimidated, and to comfortably partner in their children’s learning.

For families with children 3-5 years old, we offer a Holiday Preschool Program once a month on Sunday mornings.   Our monthly Friday night Tot Shabbat services and dinners bring our early childhood families together for Shabbat blessings and a relaxed meal while capable babysitters engage the little ones in Shabbat and holiday-themed crafts and activities.  Our Holiday Preschool is open to members and non-members alike.

Once your family has joined the synagogue and submitted an education deposit, we can provide you with registration materials for grades K-7.

If you have any questions regarding the synagogue, our philosophy, curriculum, or fees, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone, 978-369-1223, or by e-mail.  We look forward to meeting you!


Joan Perlman
Director of Education
joanperlmanatkeremshalomdotorg  (joanperlmanatkeremshalomdotorg)  
Nancy Kaplan
Director of Family Education and School Music Educator
familyedatkeremshalomdotorg  (familyedatkeremshalomdotorg)  


Our objective is to raise our children with a deeply rooted positive Jewish identity. This is our obligation to our children and to Judaism's future. We believe that a strong feeling of identity contributes to the children’s self-confidence and to their education.

Our school program includes a wide variety of activities. Our curriculum leads students to feeling comfortable and competent in synagogue services.


Kerem Shalom’s philosophy is:

  • We are all part of the Kerem Shalom community
  • We all learn together

Each day of classes gather monthly to sing and celebrate holidays together. School-wide activities, including Israel Day or our Passover Celebration, bring all the children together.

Each grade gathers for a special event, a Family Education Program or Shabbat Dinner, once or twice a year.

Commitment to Social Action

  • Each year, we hold our annual Mitzvah Day for families. Events help parents begin social action projects as a family.
  • Kerem Shalom's Hebrew School also has School Mitzvah Days for students in Grades K-7 during the first week of January.
  • Tzedakah is collected in class and each month a different grade selects and presents the tzedakah organization to the rest of the school during Kehillah, our school community gathering.

Education Staff

Our dedicated staff has years of teaching experience and a commitment to professional development. In addition to faculty workshops and peer observations, our staff participates in many types of professional development including, research for Better Teaching and programs through Combined Jewish Philanthropies Education Initiative. Our staff has the same commitment to growing and learning that we have for our children.

Our Education Director, Joan Perlman, is highly regarded in the Boston Jewish Education community, having been in the field for many years. She has a strong background in Jewish Education and continues to learn. Joan has taken courses on supervision and the evaluation of teachers from Research for Better Teaching, on project-based learning through Hebrew College, and has participated in programs for Jewish Education Directors designed to improve teaching, learning, and curriculum in their institutions. Joan has a strong passion for Jewish education and shares that enthusiasm with others in our community.

Education for Students with Challenges

Kerem Shalom is a member of the Sudbury Valley Jewish Special Education Initiative. This collaborative of 5 synagogues has made it possible to offer much more to our students. The Initiative provides the services of a special education consultant who observes students and classes and offers feedback and strategies at our faculty. The initiative also provides a reading specialist one day a week, and Kerem Shalom has funded a second reading specialist for one more day a week. These specialists provide one-on-one tutoring, do Hebrew assessments and work in the classrooms with the faculty to provide the best possible education for all our children.

Cancellation Policy for Kerem Shalom

Please make a note of our snow cancellation policy and go over this policy with your children. In general, if the Concord Public Schools are closed due to weather, Kerem Shalom School will be closed for the afternoon. If the Concord Public Schools are sent home on early dismissal due to weather, Kerem Shalom School will be closed. If Kerem Shalom needs to close for the afternoon due to deteriorating weather, an announcement will be made in the Concord Public Schools. If your child normally rides the bus to Kerem Shalom, they need to know where to go instead of traveling here.

How can you get information about school closings?

  • A decision will be made by 12:00 noon.
  • Have announcements sent directly to your cell-phone by Channel 7 “Storm Force”. To use this free service, go to www.whdh.com and click on "closing bell on your cell." Follow the directions and your cell phone will be the first to know that school has been closed.
  • Watch Channel 7 12:00 news for closing announcements.
  • Call Kerem Shalom at 978-369-1223. If school is closed, the outgoing message will say that we are closed.
  • Room parents will make a round of phone calls, if your child’s class has a room parent. Please be sure that your child's room parent has an accurate phone number for you, during the day.
  • For events on Sunday, listen to WBZ 1030 News Radio.

Please click here for a copy of our current Curriculum Guidelines.

Please click here to listen to the Shabbat prayers.


For more information call Education Director Joan Perlman at 978-369-1223 or email her at: joanperlmanatkeremshalomdotorg.