Talmud Torah – Nurturing our Children’s Jewish Identity
The Or Shalom Talmud Torah is open to all students 7 to 17 years old. Under the auspices of the United Synagogue, our school offers a comprehensive Hebrew and Judaic studies curriculum. Our small class sizes allow for a more personalized approach to education. Studies are augmented by special events and projects. Art, drama and music also supplement the program.
Our school is under the leadership of our Rabbi and the teacher is Davita Guslits. School hours of operation are Tuesday 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Or Shalom’s Talmud Torah program provides dynamic education to our children from kindergarten through to high school, striving to instill in our youth a sense of community and a love and respect for Judaism and the mitzvot. Its mandate: nurture our children’s Jewish identity.
The philosophy at Or Shalom’s Talmud Torah embraces these principles while providing our children with a solid education in the essentials of:
Spoken and Written Hebrew
Tefilot and Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation
Jewish biblical, Diaspora and Israeli history
Jewish customs and ethics
Hebrew: By the end of the first year, our students are able to read and write basic words in Hebrew and by the fifth year, they can use simple phrases and navigate the Siddur and the Chumash.
Tefilot: Classes begin with group tefilot, focusing on the liturgy for Shabbat. Older children attend Sunday morning minyan to learn the Shacharit service more thoroughly and to introduce them to customs associated with Tefillin.
Jewish and Israeli history: Texts, films, stories and interactive games, expose the children to these topics.
Jewish Customs and Ethics: The children learn Torah, the celebration and observance of the Jewish holidays, kashrut, and Shabbat. We strive to imbue them with the ideals of our people, with a love for their fellow man, and a strong ethical code to follow for life.