Registration for Hebrew Learning Programs

Link To SCHOOL CALENDAR Hebrew School Details, Staff, Programs for Families

Registration for Kerem Shalom’s Hebrew School 2019-20 is now open. The School offers classes for students as young as 3 and all the way up to high school. Contact Nancy Kaplan, at familyed@keremshalom.org for more information or a school brochure.

Fall Hebrew School

Our unique one-day-a-week Hebrew School fits flexibly into the busy schedules of Kerem Shalom families. Classes offered for grades Kindergarten - High School. Children in elementary grades learn Hebrew and the prayer service, study Torah, and develop their understanding of their Jewish identity through the study of Jewish History, Israel, and the importance of social action in Jewish life.  Older students are free to concentrate on topics of particular interest to them.  Classes include joyful Jewish musical expression as part of the curriculum.

Holiday Preschool Program

This delightful energetic program is a perfect first introduction to Jewish education for 3-5 year olds.  Held monthly on Sunday mornings, the Holiday Preschool is intended for the two years immediately preceding kindergarten.  The program uses a combination of story, music, crafts and food to teach preschoolers about each of the Jewish holidays.

Adult Programs

Me’ah at Kerem Shalom

Monday evenings 7:15-9:15 PM

We welcome adults of all ages and backgrounds to build a foundation in Judaic culture & civilization. You do not have to be Jewish or know Hebrew to join this group.

Past participants said this innovative program "changed my life". Don't miss this amazing opportunity to gain a rich background in Judaism - reserve your Monday evenings for Me'ah starting this fall

Me’ah offers 100 hours of learning over a period of two years (with many breaks.) If you miss a class, no worries, the classes are all recorded and can be downloaded at your leisure. CJP and Hebrew College offer scholarships to make it possible for all who wish to join in this fascinating learning experience.

Fall Semester Schedule 2018

"Medieval" with Rabbi Benjamin Samuels:

  • October 15, 22, 29
  • November 5, 12, 19, 26
  • December 3, 10, 17
  • January 7, 14 (No classes on December 24, 31, and January 21; January 28 reserved for snow/sick day)

Winter/Spring Semester Schedule 2019

"Modern" with Dr. Jacob Meskin:

  • February 11, 25
  • March 4, 11, 18, 25
  • May 6, 13 (No classes on February 18, April 15 and 22. May 20 reserved for snow/sick day)

Contact rosalie@keremshalom.org to sign up or for more information. We look forward to sharing this adventure with you!

Concerned about costs?

Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Hebrew College off scholarships to make it possible for all who wish to join in this fascinating learning experience.

Here are some testimonials from our Me’ah students at KS:

“It was a life changing experience to learn about our past generations and how they lived, giving context to our lives in the present.”

“The class is an amazing opportunity. I never expected such a connection to Jewish learning and to my classmates. I looked forward to what turned out to be a highlight of my week.”

“Learning about thousands of years of Jewish history in the context of World History is absolutely fascinating, especially when it’s done by brilliant, thought-provoking teachers and surrounded by a group of wonderful interesting adults. I have found myself able to understand world events, especially those in the Middle East in modern times, more deeply than I could have before. This knowledge has been extremely useful in discussing the challenging relationship between Jews and Arabs in the present day. I highly recommend this course to people of all backgrounds.”

The Grapevine

Mazel Tov to our own Rabbi Darby! Selected by The Forward as One of the Nation’s Most Inspiring Rabbis

From the May 2016 issue of The Forward:

When he was growing up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in the late 1980s, Darby Jared Leigh was the only deaf kid at his synagogue.

He was also the only deaf kid at his high school, and just about everywhere else he spent time.

At home, deafness was the norm: Both of Leigh's parents were deaf. But out in the world, being profoundly deaf set him apart.

"I very much grew up in a minority experience," Leigh said.

Now a rabbi with a congregation near Boston, Leigh's childhood experience has led him to a radically inclusive vision of Judaism that embraces those who have been left out.

"I always felt like a bit of an outsider," he told the Forward. "It makes me a good fit for a community that is trying to [help] people who have often marginalized from the Jewish community to feel at home."

Leigh's congregation, Kerem Shalom, is a small, unaffiliated synagogue in Concord, Massachusetts. Kerem Shalom emphasizes its accessibility, and the diversity of the community it brings together.

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