Welcome to SHM's Religious School

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2016-2017 Religious School year is almost done ...
But there is STILL SO MUCH TO DO!

Join us for our congregational Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration coming up on April 30th in Mason Regional Park! This is sure to have you learning about Israel, dancing, singing and eat delicious Israeli food. Don't miss this incredible event!
SHM Religous School in the News. . .

Five years ago, Shir Hama'alot in Irvine, California, experimented with its Hebrew program by creating small, chavura-style learning groups. Intended as a way to build community, similar to the school's format for Judaica learning, the Hebrew program simply didn't work out as planned. 

The congregation's religious school Principal Heather Rosenthal and Rabbi Leah Lewis, director of life-long learning, realized they needed to make a change. They first showed the education committee that, for a variety of reasons, the small-group format was not working to meet the community goals, and proposed returning to Hebrew learning by class level.   Read More

Get to Know the Religious School Staff
Religious School Principal: Heather Rosenthal

Heather joined our Religious School staff in the summer of 2015, but before this, she worked in our school as a Judaica teacher in 4th grade She has 10 years of teaching experience, a Bachelors and Masters in Educational Administration from CSULB and has been a congregant since 2012.
Director of Youth Engagement: Jordan Pelavin

Jordan joined our team during the summer of 2016. She moved from Maryland, where she was a Unit Head at URJ Crane Lake Camp and  a Program Director at URJ Kutz Camp. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Communication for Bowie State University.
Religious School Administrative Assistant: Kat Key

Kat joined our synagogue in 2014 as a vital member of the staff. She attended Biola University with a major in English and Cultural Anthropology. Before this position, Kat was an Office Manager at a local non-profit.