SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
The Santa Monica Synagogue’s religious school seeks to immerse each child and family in Jewish life and learning. Our children’s Jewish identities are deepened and grow ever more meaningful through discussion, study, art, music, and dance; and through their observance of Jewish holidays and life events. Through their study of Jewish history and their experience of Jewish culture, language, ritual and text, our children deepen their spiritual life through prayer, increase their connection with Jews here and throughout the world, and engage in acts of tzedakah (social justice) and tikkun olam (repair of the world).
WHAT WE OFFER
Bagels and Blocks introduces pre-school children (and their parents) to Jewish holidays and practices. This once-a-month, Sunday morning program makes learning fun through interactive stories, songs, crafts and cooking projects.
Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third graders attend religious school on Sunday mornings. They learn about holidays, rituals, bible stories and Jewish values through art, music, and stories.
Sixth and Seventh graders attend Hebrew on Sunday mornings and Tuesday afternoons, studying Hebrew, prayer, history, and Torah. These two years are also geared toward preparing our students for Bar and Bat Mitzvah.
Eighth through Twelfth grade students attend our Tuesday evening Lilah Or program, arriving at the synagogue at 6:30 for dinner and socializing. From 7:00-8:00 pm they attend classes in Jewish ethics, Torah study, and contemporary Jewish thought. In addition, our ninth graders travel to the east coast for a Jewish New York Experience.
Teens of our congregation engage in a variety of social and educational activities. Our high school youth group (SMRTY) holds monthly get-togethers, often sharing events with Jewish teens from other congregations in Los Angeles. Our 6th, 7th and 8th graders also have events throughout the year.
Sunday mornings and Friday nights are filled with various events which include parents, such as Breakfast with the Rabbi and Family Days. In addition, our annual Wilderness Experience camping weekend provides educational opportunities for the whole family.