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               Mosad Shalom Religious School

 

Shalom! Welcome to MOSAD SHALOM,
your home for Jewish learning!

Calendar 2021-22

WE ARE NOT JUST A HEBREW SCHOOL...
WE ARE A COMMUNITY
 

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We are an innovative learning community dedicated to developing Jews who value Mitzvot, traditions, Hebrew, and a love of Israel in an accepting environment. 

Meet our faculty and staff!

 Amudei Mosad Shalom act as our GUIDING PRINCIPLES in educating the whole child.

The Pillars of Mosad Shalom: Respect, Kindness, Community, and Hard Work

Our Curriculum Inspires:

  • A life guided by Jewish values and standards.
  • A loyalty and connectedness to the Jewish community and people.
  • A love of Israel
  • A lasting pride and joy in being Jewish.
  • A place of security and love within our Temple Adat Shalom family.
  • Strong and lasting relationships with clergy, teachers, and friends.
     

Elementary Grades

The first years at Mosad Shalom are aimed at making our students feel at home in their Temple and excited about their Judaism. They explore the Jewish holidays, rituals, and Torah stories, as well as participate in music, art projects and services with the entire school community. Beginning in 3rd grade, and continuing through 6th, students begin studying Hebrew language as well as Jewish texts, history, and culture in greater depth. We also begin teaching modern Hebrew as a living language. There are numerous programs that engage the whole family throughout the year including  FAMILY SHABBATOT and Special Programs. 

Bar & Bat Mitzvah

B'nei Mitzvah candidates learn along with their families. Special projects and activities augment the mastery of the Shabbat morning liturgy, trope for Haftarah and Torah, and the study of the weekly Parasha. Students are inspired to be civically responsible Jewish leaders. They meet regularly with the RABBI to discuss the meaning of becoming B'nei Mitzvah. They participate in Mitzvah projects, work on speaking Hebrew as a living language, and fully engage in activities that provide meaning behind their monumental achievement. Each step of the way, students' leadership is fostered and their Jewish identity is cultivated. 

Kesher     קשר

Building Connections

Exploring Ideas

Linking Jewish Lives

Kesher is Hebrew for "connection".  At Temple Adat Shalom, Kesher is a  program for TAS teens (7th through 12th grades).  The Teen Program at Mosad Shalom is designed to help our students prepare for making critical choices in today's world and helps our teens become informed Jewish adults, by studying Jewish ethical and religious values. 

7th grade is focused on preparing for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  In addition to perfecting their Hebrew in prayers and their Parasha, they discuss and learn about Jewish values and ritual choices.

8th Grade--Generally speaking, 8th grade focus has been on the Shoah.  We all know how Jews died but do we really know how they lived.  We will explore the late 19th century political currents in Europe and discuss the Jewish contributions to European "High Culture" as well as Jewish contributions to the western world in general, including the United States.  We will examine the parallels in the United States regarding Jews and other ethnic groups during the mid-20th Century and on into the 21st Century.  We will examine the development of anti-Semitism through the centuries and how it was depicted in the media and how they have reinforced biased, racist, stereotypes of Jews as well as other ethnic groups and genders.  We will examine film, photography, adds, news and children's stories. We will explore art and media movements and discuss how they reflect the “Zeitgeist” of the time. 

9th Grade -- One of the major focal points of the 9th grade class is the modern State of Israel.  We will discuss and learn about the modern pressures that has plagued Israel throughout her 73 years of its existence.  We will discuss the founding of the state of Israel, the geography, geopolitical significance, internal politics, religious groups, ethnic groups, Hebrew language and pop culture. Another aspect of this class is an in-depth study of "The Other". How do we perceive people who are not like us or are not a part of our group.  Indeed, how do we view ourselves apart from others.  This class is primarily discussion based. 

10th Grade  works with the Rabbi to prepare  for Confirmation.  Rabbi challenges the Teens in a variety of ways to look at current issues from a critical Jewish ethical standpoint and asks them to suspend their assumptions and examine them closely to determine their validity.

No Holds Barred (11th and 12th)--opportunity to explore and challenge the truths about Judaism and take a critical look at classic Jewish wisdom and how it intersects with each of us in the 21st century.

JEWISH HERITAGE TRIPS

Jewish Heritage trips are a unique inspiration of Temple Adat Shalom.  Understanding that next to trips to Israel and Jewish summer Camp, nothing serves to better bond a teen community or forge the fabric of Jewish identity than time spent together in new places.  We are proud to be the only congregation across most of the US that provides a Heritage Trip for practically every high school grade.  Each trip visits Jewish sites of interest, or explores sites from a Jewish perspective.  Our philosophy is that "Jewish" doesn't only happen when in synagogue.  Jewish is how we interact with the world, especially when not in the synagogue.  It is part of fulfilling our mission of being a "Light unto Nations."

8th Grade:  Jewish Heritage Trip, Los Angeles.  Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend.

9th Grade:  Retreat in Big Bear cabin.

10th Grade:  Jewish Heritage trip, Washington DC, Spring Break

11/12th Grade: Jewish Heritage Trip, New York City, Following High School Graduation.

Learn more about enrolling your child in Mosad Shalom Religious School by contacting Director of Education, Den Masur, at dmasur@adatshalom.com or call 858.451.1200.

 

Tue, September 21 2021 15 Tishrei 5782