Sundays, 11:15 am - 1:00 pm;
Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:20 pm

Teachers: Debra Aronson                                                                          
(+ Rabbi Ben Newman + Ellen Flaks on Wednesdays)

In Grade 5, the children’s study of Hebrew and prayer expands as they learn the Avot v’Imahot, Shalom Rav, Oseh Shalom, Lecha Dodi, V’shamru and Shalom Aleichem. Students have ample opportunity to practice their Hebrew reading this year to strengthen their skills as they prepare for their b’nei mitzvah. We also study the Jewish life cycle from birth through death and the many Jewish customs associated with life events. In addition, we learn about and actively participate in the mitzvah of tzedakah, and collect tzedakah every week for an organization of the class’ choosing. We also study the State of Israel—its creation in the wake of the Holocaust, its people, cities, religions, government, politics, foods, and culture—and the students do individual research and presentations on the leaders of Israel, from Theodor Herzl to the present. Our holiday curriculum consists of activities exploring the theme of each festival, and for Purim, the grade enjoys the privilege and responsibility of creating and running our Temple-wide annual Purim Carnival. 


  • Student Shofar Sounders for Grades 3 – 6. Learn + rehearse with Cantor Robin, and blow your very own shofar during our Family Services on Rosh Hashanah + Yom Kippur.

  • Rosh Hashanah Family Service, followed by Family Holiday Activity, Monday, September 10, 2:00 – 3:45 pm

  • Yom Kippur Family Service, Wednesday, September 19, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

  • D’rachim (“Pathways”) enrichment program for students in Grades 4-6, Sundays at 10:15 am, before Religious School class

  • Study Lounge available in the Temple lobby on Wednesday afternoons before class, 3:30 – 4:30 pm

  • Grades 4+5 Family Shabbat Dinner + Service, Friday, March 1, 6:30 pm

  • Sharing Community collection, led by Grades 4+5, Sunday, March 10

  • Plan and run the Annual TBS Purim Carnival, Sunday, March 17 at
    11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Preparations in class in the preceding weeks,
    as well as set-up time on Saturday, March 16, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm –

  • Tzedakah Day/Last Day of Classes, Sunday, May 19


Please note that on Sunday mornings, we begin with Assembly in the Sanctuary. We encourage all families to join us for their children’s Assembly. Dismissal for Grades K+1, parents will pick up their children directly from the classroom. Students in Grades 2+3 will be dismissed to the parking lot. 

Grades 4-6 will end the day with Assembly, starting at 12:40 pm. We encourage all families to join us.


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Join your child’s grade for a Shabbat dinner at
6:30 pm with family, classmates, and teachers. Then, at 7:30 pm, we welcome the entire congregation to our lively Family Shabbat Service, in which your child’s grade will participate.

Friday, March 1
Families with students in all grades are encouraged to attend all our monthly Family Services.


Once a month, Temple Beth Shalom provides a lunch of baked ziti and loaf cakes for some 200 hungry men, women and children through The Sharing Community in Yonkers. As part of a continuing effort to make Tzedakah an integral part of our program, the Religious School will once again be leading this endeavor, and families in Grades
4 + 5 will be asked to sign up on our emailed Google document to contribute:

Sunday, March 10, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
As always, the entire congregation is encouraged to sign up to contribute food each month.


We are also looking for Religious School Class Parents in all grades. We appreciate your input and invite you to share talents, interests, hobbies, and professions. We also need your help with Tzedakah project.