The [purpose of the] synagogue is to open up your eyes to the world.
Rabbi Harold Schulweis
For many kids across the country, both past and present, religious school might be just another “chore” they have to complete in order to fulfill their b’nei mitzvah requirements. Here at Bolton Street Synagogue, we strive for more and seek to set a standard of excellence within our school. Through innovation, creativity, collaboration and passion for Jewish education, we continue to ensure that our priority remains one thing—the satisfaction of our families and students.
Our Sunday morning religious school program offers students and their families an incredible opportunity to develop a connection and love for Judaism through the lesson plans and programs organized and executed by our excellent faculty and staff. From Kindergarten through 7th Grade, the students are presented with lessons, activities and special events through which they can form an appreciation for Judaism in a way that is meaningful to them. We acknowledge the importance of both formal and informal Jewish education and seek to incorporate elements of both into our school curriculum.
It is our goal for the students to not simply read a textbook and memorize pieces of Judaism, but rather begin to understand that the important values of Judaism are present in so many places within their own everyday lives. Maybe they will see a Jewish connection in a Justin Bieber song, an art project, during the Ravens game or in the newest Disney movie. The Torah is a living document and it is of utmost importance to Bolton Street Synagogue that the students not only recognize the important morals and lessons that it teaches but also how they might help shape their identity as not only members of the Jewish community but the world as a whole.
Once the students have completed the 7th grade…well, the fun has just begun! Bolton Street Synagogue offers a tutoring program within the Religious School program in which the post-B’nei Mitzvah students can give back and educate the younger students. Moreover, we provide various events and informal classes for the teens which allow them to connect socially, culturally and spiritually through a Jewish lens.
Our sense of community is what makes the Bolton Street Synagogue continue working towards our goal to serve as a standard of excellence for schools throughout the Baltimore area. Won’t you and your children join in helping us achieve that vision?