sukkah4Har HaShem’s Sunday morning Kindergarten-8th grade religious school program enables students to develop a foundation of and appreciation of Jewish learning as part of a vibrant, active community. Sunday morning students spend time together learning the grade level curriculum, participating in Hebrew Through Movement sessions and a weekly t’filah (worship experience), and creating bonds that we hope will last a lifetime. These bonds can be enhanced by family participation in our annual grade-level family education programs and the many youth group (3rd grade-high school) and holiday events. Parents of our youngest students (Kindergarten-2nd grade) are expected to join their children for our weekly worship service. Our Sunday programs are taught by an outstanding an energetic faculty who are teachers by vocation, college and graduate students, and a group of over 25 teens who serve our school as madrichim, “guides,” who assist in each classroom. If our Sunday learning options are not well suited to your family, we encourage you to explore our monthly Saturday Kindergarten-8th Grade Family School learning experience. Participation in Sunday Religious School or Family School is a pre-requisite for b’nai mitzvah at Har HaShem.

SUNDAY RELGIOUS SCHOOL: 9:00-12:00pm

Our Religious School students focus their learning on our grade level curriculum and themes. Our Kindergarten-2nd grade students build a foundation of Jewish stories, Jewish values, Jewish holiday celebrations, and Jewish peoplehood. Beginning in 3rd grade, students delve into a year-long exploration of an area of Jewish study meant to give students basic knowledge and experiences that enable them to begin to consider and address the big questions in Jewish life. Our middle school students, in anticipation of approaching the age of Jewish responsibility, more deeply examine ideas of t’filah (Jewish prayer), finding their own voice in our Torah text, wrestling with God and developing their own agency in tikkun olam, repairing the world. 8th graders participate in our ma’avar year in which they train to be leaders in our community through various intensives, including our machon (madrichim in training) program, participate in community-wide classes through the Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative, and develop a portfolio of their Jewish learning journey that they will revisit in their Confirmation (10th grade) year.

songsession 2015Students get to experience an organic celebration of Jewish time and Jewish community as they join together for a family style lunch, birkat hamazon (the blessing after a meal), shira (a song session), rikudei am (Israeli dancing) or other fun Jewish cultural activity. Our energetic faculty lead these programs, creating a camp-like atmosphere of Jewish community and expression above and beyond the classroom experience. 3rd-6th grade Sunday Religious School students who wish to prepare for b'nai mitzvah must also be enrolled in the Individualized Hebrew Program.