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Welcome to SHACHARIT- Temple Shalom's Jewish Learning and Living Program

SHACHARIT is our Jewish learning and living program for students in grades K-5! The program follows a school-year schedule and offers opportunities  throughout the week for activity-based learning projects, small peer groups, worship, and spirituality. SHACHARIT also includes Small Group Hebrew for students in grades 2-5. We over Extended Days on Wednesdays to help with Newton's weekly short Wednesday.

SHACHARIT Program Components


Grades K-5: One-hour Jewish Learning- topics vary year to year

Sunday or Wednesday option

Using a Project-Based Approach, our qualified and enthusiastic Jewish educators guide our students through hands-on projects that incorporate music, stories, art, and games.  Students engage in lively discussions that encourage them to ask questions and make connections between Jewish tradition and today‚Äôs world. Projects are designed to encourage student choice.


Grades 2-5: One-hour Small Group Hebrew

Once per Week (Days and Times Vary)

Learners in Grades 2-5 study Hebrew in small groups of 3-6 students. Groups are offered throughout the week at various times. Our Hebrew groups are carefully organized with the goal of creating a community of learners who will work together well and proceed through our Hebrew curriculum in a style and pace that meets their needs. We are committed to finding the best learning environment and scheduling option for your family.


Grades K-5: One-hour Jewish Living Curriculum

Sunday or Wednesday option

With the goals of fostering Jewish community, encouraging creativity, exploring Jewish Time, values,  and building self-esteem, SHACHARIT students are placed in small peer Kehillah groups (6-10 students). Kehillah Groups are led by our teen Madrichim with support from staff. Activities are thematic and include art, cooking,  movement, and STEM options. 


Weekly Family T'filah Gathering

Sunday morning or Wednesday late afternoon.

Judaism offers us many paths to travel as we deepen our own spirituality. SHACHARIT is proud to offer our families an interactive, family friendly gathering that features joyful music, an opportunity to practice prayers students are learning in class and a chance to consider how Jewish wisdom (Torah) is relevant today.  Once a month, a Torah service is incoporated into our T'filah.

EXTENDED DAY OPPORTUNITY- Grades K-5- Wednesdays 12:30-5:00

For our Newton families, we provide afterschool childcare until 5:00 on Wednesdays. Students arrive at Temple Shalom between 12:20-12:40 and enjoy lunch together as a community followed by recess. Classes begin at 1:30 for our Grades 2-5 students and K-1 students have an opportunity to have some extra free time with a babysitter.

Sample Schedules



  • 9:30-10:00- Family T'filah
  • 10:00-11:00- K-1 Expedition
  • 11:00-12:00- Kehillah Club

Grade 4 with Small Group Hebrew Bundled

  • 9:30-10:00- Family T'filah
  • 10:00-11:00- Kehillah Club
  • 11:00-12:00- Small Group Hebrew
  • 12:00-12:30- Lunch 
  • 12:30-1:30- 4th Grade Expedition

Grade 5 with Small Group Hebrew on a different day

  • 9:30-10:00- Family T'filah
  • 10:00-11:00- Kehillah Club
  • 11:00-12:00-5th Grade Expedition
  • Tuesdays: 3:45-4:45- Small Group Hebrew


Grade 2 with Small Group Hebrew and Extended Day

  • 12:30-1:30- Lunch and Recess
  • 1:30-2:30- Small Group Hebrew
  • 2:30-3:30- Grade 2 Expedition 
  • 3:30-4:30- Kehillah Club (start with snack)
  • 4:30-5:00- Family T'filah

Grade 1

  • 2:30-3:30- Grade K-1 Expedition 
  • 3:30-4:30- Kehillah Club (start with snack)
  • 4:30-5:00- Family T'filah

Grade 3 with Small Group Hebrew

  • 1:30-2:30- Small Group Hebrew
  • 2:30-3:30- Grade 3 Expedition 
  • 3:30-4:30- Kehillah Club (start with snack)
  • 4:30-5:00- Family T'filah


How much does it cost?

Students can be enrolled in SHACHARIT as long as their families are members of Temple Shalom and have submitted their Annual Shalom Commitment. 

Tuition Cost for 2023-2024

Jewish Learning and Living K-7 without Hebrew: $983

Small Group Hebrew for Grades 2-6: $546

Extended Day Wednesday (12:30-1:30): $300

Babysitting Wednesday  (1:30-2:30): $300

Pizza lunch on Wednesday or Sunday (optional): $180


Connect with Us!

Interested in learning more about our K-5 program? Please complete the form below and we will be in touch to schedule an introductory conversation.


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