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Shalom Chaverim (Hello Friends),

We hope you’re having a great summer and have found fun ways to beat the heat, enjoy these sumptuously long evenings with your family and friends, while staying safe. 

The countdown to Back to Shul has begun and we are busy planning a year full of Jewish experiences, holiday celebrations, social justice projects, special Shabbats, and holiday celebrations for your children, your family, and the Har Shalom community.

The umbrella of Youth Education at Har Shalom includes the Religious School and programs like Shabbat Jr., Mini Menschies, and Teen Events. Our mission is to form a continuity of Jewish experience for our children as they move through different ages and stages, from birth to high school (and beyond). Jewish learning is always a work in progress and having a strong, vibrant connection to the community shows our children how to live a joyous, engaged, meaningful, and spiritually life. The pillars of our curriculum are:

  • Literacy — the tools needed to understand Judaism
  • Community — connecting students to kehillah kedosha (holy community) of Har Shalom and the larger Jewish world beyond, where Jewish values lead to the pursuit of Tikkun Olam and social justice.
  • Identity — answering the perennial question, What does being Jewish mean, and how does it play a part in navigating the world?

All while having fun, making friends, laughing, singing, dancing, and being amazed.



Join us in this mission! We have many opportunities for the wider Har Shalom Kehillah to become involved in our Youth Education programs. There are many important (and quite easy) ways you can help us. Here are just a few:

  • Come celebrate with the students for the holiday festivals 
  • Donate school supplies, craft supplies, etc.
  • Come to student led Shabbat services
  • Email hsrsdirector@congregationharshalom.org with areas of Jewish knowledge you are especially passionate about. We’ll help you connect with our students.
  • Let us know if you are interested in teaching or being on the coveted "Substitute Teachers" list!

The most important thing you can do is to show your support for our students and what they are accomplishing at Religious School. Show them that learning about Judaism opens doors to feeling an even stronger sense of community and belonging, and be excited about their Jewish journeys!

We can’t wait to connect and re-connect with you. Our contact information is below and the lines of communication are always open. 

B’shalom,

Nicki Shamis  
Religious School Director  
Email Nicki  
   

Religious School at a Glance

 

Preschool - This is the beginning of your Jewish learning journey. We invite you to join "Beresheet (In the Beginning)" where students partner with their grown-up to learn about the seven days of creation. This once a month class is full of hands-on learning, music, art, games, and more.

Kindergarten - 3rd graders enjoy hands-on learning stations, activities, chuggim such as Jewish book buddies, cooking, dance, interactive madrichim activities, special guests and weekly rituals  developed to build a foundation for our school and create strong friendships. Students meet once a week and will lead a grade-level Saturday morning Shabbat Service and participate in a grade-level Havdallah event.

4th - 6th graders delve into Jewish history, cultural Israel, values-based learning, Torah and Tanach studies, life cycle events, and most of all, feeling comfortable in developing their own questions and sharing their thoughts. Chuggim include Jewish book buddies, cooking, dance, and special guests. Students meet twice a week.  and will lead a grade-level Saturday morning Shabbat Service and participate in a grade-level Havdallah event.

7th graders embark on a year of active mitzvot, ethical dilemmas, and current events. Building community is an important part of this year as a B’nai Mitzvah student so all activities connect to that goal. In addition, students engage in deeper study, connections with community members such as the Gabbai, Rabbi. 7th graders take field trips throughout the year and host their annual Hospitality Dinner, a community favorite. Students will lead a grade-level Saturday morning Shabbat Service and participate in a grade-level Havdallah event.

About the Director

Nicki Shamis 

Raised in Wisconsin, Nicki and her husband, Mason, moved to Colorado in 2007 and began to build their family. Three sons later, Nicki left her ten-year career as an Elementary teacher and became a stay-at-home parent spending much of her time volunteering at Har Shalom and in her children's classrooms.

Nicki has been very active in the Har Shalom community serving on the Board of Directors as well as the Fundraising Committee. As a parent of HSPK Shalomies, as well as a religious school kiddo, Nicki joined the Education Committee to help develop curriculum. She also took on the role of designing and implementing the B'reshit: In the Beginning class for our littlest learners and their families. Nicki is excited to bring her creativity, organization, enthusiasm, and passion for early learning to Har Shalom.

Thu, December 8 2022 14 Kislev 5783