Our Curriculum

The curriculum for each grade has been carefully designed by Rabbi Scott Segal and the Parent Advisory Committee with guidance from Rabbi Eitan Weiner-Kaplow, to engage children at their age-appropriate level. Teaching methods vary to meet the needs of all children, with the understanding that each child is an individual with a unique set of strengths and interests.

Our program is divided by grade units: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-7th, and 8th-12th.

  • Our Kindergarten through 2nd grade students are introduced to the holidays, Torah and Jewish ethics/values through games, art, music and all manner of creative projects.
  • In our 3rd-5th and 6th-7th grade units, students take courses in Jewish ethics/values, holidays, Jewish history, God, Torah and Israel. These students also have the opportunity to take a wide variety of electives, including courses on Judaism and social action, Jewish food, current events through a Jewish lens, bibliodrama, music and art.
  • The 8th-12th graders get the chance to study with Rabbi Eitan and Rabbi Seeg and explore topics ranging from Judaism through nature, to practical Judaism, to “hot topics.”

Our Hebrew Program

  • Students are organized by skill level. This enables students to learn and progress at a pace and in an environment that is most conducive to their specific learning needs.
  • The goal of the program is not simply to teach decoding skills but to ensure that students understand the meanings of the prayers.
  • Resources are made available to parents that can enable them to help their child practice and support the learning that happens on Sundays.
  • Our Hebrew Lab is designed to help students who need extra, one-on-one instruction.
  • Parents hire a Hebrew tutor about a year prior to the bar/bat mitzvah date. The tutor helps the student learn his or her Torah and Haftorah portion.

2016-2017 Shir Hadash Religious School Course Abstracts

2016-2017 Sample Schedule

Fall Semester Hour 1 (9:30-10:20) Hour 2 (10:30-11:20) Hour 3 (11:30-12:20)
Yesod (toddler-preK) alef-bet yoga
Peshat (Grades K-2) Torah Ethics/Values
Remez (Grades 3-5) Ethics/Values Level 1 Torah
Holidays Level 2 Israel
Illuminated Haggadah Level 3 Singing the Psalms
Level 4
Drash (Grades 6-7) God Level 2 Practical Judaism
Jewish History Level 3 Ethics/Values
Bibliodrama Level 4 Illuminated Siddur
Level 5
Spring Semester Hour 1 (9:30-10:20) Hour 2 (10:30-11:20) Hour 3 (11:30-12:20)
Yesod Song Session
Peshat (K-2) Holidays Israel
Remez (3-5) Jewish History Level 1 God
Social Action/Tzedakah Level 2 Holidays
Songs of our Ancestors Level 3 Ritual Objects
Level 4
Drash (6-7) Reconstructionist Level 2 Current Events
Modern Hebrew Level 3 Prophets
Ritual Objects Level 4 Hinei Mah Tof
Level 5



Please send an email to learning@shir-hadash.org with any questions or concerns you might have.