At Rimon we believe in inspiring children to learn and grow in their love of Jewish learning. Our entire team is dedicated to helping students develop a strong sense of community and friendship at Temple Sholom. Through innovative, student-centered curriculum our learners investigate and explore all that is wonderful in our Jewish history, heritage, and practice. Learning side by side with dynamic, interactive educators and madrichim (youth staff) our children grow and thrive through creative, fun, groundbreaking educational and engagement opportunities!
Why do we call our education program Rimon and not Religious School? There are many reasons, but the most important reason is that “Religious School” does not accurately describe the Jewish education program at Temple Sholom. Rimon is a unique program where Kindergarten through 12th grade learners are encouraged to ask questions and investigate topics of interest to them through student-centered, Project-Based Learning.
Youth Education at Temple Sholom (Kindergarten – 12th Grade)
In the spirit of student-centered, Project Based Learning our overall Driving Question is:
“How can Judaism guide and inspire us to learn, question, act, and be the best version of ourselves”? We know that:
How we gather matters – Why we gather matters – How we speak matters – How we listen matters
At Rimon, our Learning Guides (educators) and learners collaborate to:
- foster deep, joyful community with one another
- discover and explore Jewish identity and heritage
- embrace and affirm each other’s individuality
- respect each and every person’s voice
- engage in innovative learning that ensures every learner a role, a contribution, and a voice
Kindergarten – 5th Grade Curriculum Overview
Sunday classes meet 9:30am – Noon. Rimon Sundays for Kindergarten through 5th grades are filled with laughter, exploration, and joyful learning. In keeping with our goal of nurturing community amongst our learners, we combine grades so that our children have many opportunities to meet new friends. Each of our groups are led by a dynamic team of educators. Below you will see our Sunday grade groupings as well as a description of the curriculum for each.
“The Jewish Time Machine and Mitzvot” is our curricular focus for the 2022-2023/5783 year.
- The holidays of the Jewish year connect Jews around the world.
- The holidays of the Jewish year connect us to our past and to our future. Some of the holidays began in ancient times, some in more modern times.
- Each Jewish holiday celebrates a special time or event.
- Each holiday throughout the Jewish year has its own story, its own customs, and mitzvot.
Our Reform Jewish tradition puts much emphasis on the holidays of the Jewish year, as well as the active pursuance of justice for our world. Our holidays, based on ancient history and more contemporary history, teach us about our past, present, and future. Within each of the holidays that we observe and celebrate throughout the year, we find מצוֹת.
מצוֹת (commandments) have been passed down from generation to generation since receiving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. The Jewish holidays help guide us through the year and the mitzvot associated with each guide us on not only becoming our best selves but making our world a better place.
Please click on any of the following links to learn more about our Rimon curriculum.