Pre-K through High School
Congregation Beth Shalom is committed to nurturing skills, experiences, beliefs, and emotional attachments in our students and families that will enable them to integrate the values of Torah (Jewish learning), Avodah (Worship), and G'milut Chasadim (Good Deeds) into their lives.
3-4 Year Olds
Art, music, active play, and storytelling are integrated into the curriculum.
Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
Curriculum focuses on the Jewish Holidays, Bible stories and heroes, and the Land of Israel. Students are introduced to prayers and songs to increase their comfort at services.
Kadimah (Striving Forward)
3rd through 6th Grades
Torah, T'filah (prayers), holidays, Jewish history, and Israel are integrated into a spiraling curriculum. Hebrew is taught on both Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. Students entering the Kadimah program are blessed each autumn in a consecration ceremony as part of our congregation's Simchat Torah (Rejoicing with the Torah) holiday celebration.
Chalon L'Atid (Window To The Future)
An innovative program that combines an interesting and meaningful weekly curriculum with opportunities for students to meet other Jewish teens from across suburban Houston. Through a series of retreat programs held throughout the year, students learn what being Jewish means to them and celebrate Shabbat with their peers in a fun, creative, and meaningful way.
B'nai Mitzvah Program
Upon completing a course of study, our students become candidates for Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Our B'nai Mitzvah program is comprised of preparatory coursework integrated into the Religious School curriculum and includes attendance at Shabbat services, private tutorials, and a series of sessions with the Rabbi. Study focuses on the process of Torah, the meaning of B'nai Mitzvah, an analysis of the student's Torah and Haftarah portions, and mastering the Shabbat liturgy. B'nai Mitzvah at Congregation Beth Shalom are both family and congregational celebrations as the Bar/Bat Mitzvah participates in both Friday evening and the Shabbat morning services.
Students explore Jewish ethics, issues of social justice, and a variety of topics that have a direct impact on their lives as young adults with Rabbi Berger. The highlight of the year is the Confirmation class trip to the L'Taken Social Justice Seminar in Washington, D.C.
Madrichim Program (Teaching Assistants)
11th and 12th grade students in the Madrichim Program have an opportunity to continue their Jewish education while giving something back to our congregation. Students serve as teaching assistants and activity specialists in our CBSW Religious School. They meet periodically to share their experiences as Jewish role models, to continue Jewish study, and to develop teaching, mentoring, and leadership skills. Students who serve as Madrichim in both the 11th and 12th gradesare awarded the Shomrei Kabbalah Award (Guardians of the Tradition) and recognized during a special service for their dedication to our congregation and the Jewish people.