Temple Beth Shalom

21 East Foster Street, Melrose, MA (781) 665-4520

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Temple Building Rental/Usage

Do you know that Temple members have the privilege to use the building annually for a private non-Temple related event?

With the opening of our new building, the Board of Directors recognized the need for a coherent and definitive rental policy, so a subcommittee of Nancy Kukura and Ellen Shore worked for several months, trying to imagine every possible scenario and every possible danger in opening the building to such use.  The result is the Temple Building Use and Rental Policy. The full policy will be available on this website in the near future.



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If you are reading this, then you are either thinking about joining our congregation or you already have joined. In either case, I bid you welcome and ask that you allow me to tell you a few things about the temple.

The first thing you need to know, if you haven't already seen for yourself, is that we're small. Yet, we are a shul that manages to deliver a great deal to our members, despite, or perhaps because of our size. Through our religious services, our adult education program, our social action activities, our social activities, and our school, one common characteristic consistently shines though: We constitute a community that quite genuinely cares about itself. Our members take care of one another in a way one rarely witnesses these days in synagogue life.

This is the great virtue of our tradition as a small congregation. It's easy to get to know almost everyone, and it's easy to feel part of the community.It is certainly one of the essential elements of Judaism that its members have a caring attitude for one another. In our temple every new member can easily find a place. That is another of the essential elements of Judaism, everyone who wishes can participate.

I could go on, but this letter is supposed to be brief. I hope you find yourself interested in finding out more about our temple. I look forward to meeting you and would be glad to answer any questions you may have.


Rabbi Arnold Fertig
Temple Beth Shalom, Melrose

How to Join Temple Beth Shalom

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Please click here to view the Membership Form and instructions. 

About The School

The Shalom School at Temple Beth Shalom in Melrose provides a warm, friendly, creative and interactive learning environment where students can explore their Jewish identities, acquire Hebrew reading skills, and develop an understanding of and a love for being Jewish and the State of Israel. We are fortunate to have knowledgeable and dedicated teachers who carefully plan their lessons according to our school curriculum. Our classes are large enough for engaging group activities, and sufficiently small to provide excellent individual attention.

Family with Young Children Programs

If you are a family with young children, you are invited to join other families for programs specifically oriented toward young children and learning Jewish music and religious customs. Programs will run approximately 90 minutes and will include the opportunity for parents to socialize and learn with their kids at the same time. Please join us for any (or all) of the following programs. For questions, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Temple Beth Shalom Family Education Director).


 Holiday Happenings

Day Date Time Theme
Sunday 14-Sep-2014 4:00 - 5:30pm Rosh Hashanah Craft Day
Thursday 25-Sep-2014 9:00 - 9:45am Rosh Hashanah Family Service
Saturday 04-Oct-2014 9:00 - 9:45am Yom Kippur Family Service
Saturday 11-Oct-2014 10:00 - 11:00am Celebration in the Sukkah
Friday 14-Nov-2014 6:00 - 7:00pm Shabbat Celebration
Sunday 14-Dec-2014 4:00 - 5:30pm Hanukkah Craft Day
Saturday 10-Jan-2015 4:00 - 5:30pm Jewish Music
Sunday 01-Mar-2015 4:00 - 5:30pm Purim Fair
Sunday 29-Mar-2015 4:00 - 5:30pm Passover Fun Day


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About The School backup

The Shalom School is proud of its tradition of creating an environment that is both enjoyable for the children and instructive in the ways of our Jewish heritage. The Shalom School staff and the School Committee are dedicated to providing the finest Jewish education to our students and congregation.

Our curriculum is coordinated throughout each grade. There are opportunities for children to participate in special Temple events, the Tu B'Shevat and Passover Seders, Family Shabbat services, and other holiday celebrations. Check out our Upcoming Services and Events section for more information on these and other Shalom School events.

These programs are intended to enhance our children's knowledge of and involvement in Judaism and the Jewish community. We aim to make classes both enjoyable and substantial, utilizing a wide variety of learning methods and experiences. Programs are designed for the age groups specified, however, any child who would benefit and be able to participate in a different level will be welcomed. For more information, contact a School Committee member.

We encourage you to investigate the Shalom School for your child. We are ready to answer your questions and help in any way we can. Please feel free to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us with your questions.

Curriculum backup

Our classes are based on a progressive Hebrew and Judaica curriculum and they include a variety of approaches toward instruction. Teachers plan lessons and activities, games and projects that are based on students’ interests and strengths. In order to reach every child, we include music and art projects and participatory experiences. Whole group instruction is balanced with group, paired and individual work assignments. Lessons are enhanced by music and a school-wide prayer service for Grades Three through Seven. Classes are designed for the age groups specified; however, any child who would benefit from and be able to participate in a different level will be welcome. In addition, each child will have the benefit of participating in holiday programs that are run by the Temple; these are centered on Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Purim and a model Passover Seder. The students will also participate in a student-led Shabbat service during the school year. A few of the subjects we cover in our classes include Torah, Jewish History, Holidays, Prayer, and Hebrew, Israel, Mitzvot, and the Jewish life cycle.


Classes are curriculum-based and they include an experiential approach toward learning. Whenever students are able to "learn by doing", teachers give them the opportunity. For example, Partner-reading is a technique where students read to one another in Hebrew, correcting each other along the way. Whole group instruction is balanced by group-work which allows students to foster working relationships. Motivation is included in terms of initiatives e.g. earning a prize upon the completion of the monthly Hebrew reading calendar; team play to review material learned and performing parts in the Student-led services. Music, art, drama and cooking are incorporated into class lessons in order to reach children with varying learning-styles. In addition, Grades Three through Seven enjoy a weekly school service where they practice prayers learned in class.

Classroom Curriculum

Preschool (Gan)

This twice monthly class is a wonderful introduction to Judaism for children age 4 years old. Filled with song and spirit the children learn about the Jewish holidays, their traditions, and significant symbols. Games, crafts and creative projects accompany each session. The children are taught the importance of Tzedakah and Mitzvot and how these are embedded not only in our culture but in our Jewish obligation. Beginning Hebrew letter recognition and familiar prayers and blessings are introduced.


This is a weekly, two-hour Sunday morning class for children age 5-6 years old. The Kindergarten class has fun learning in a creative, easy-going environment. Subjects include: Hebrew aleph bet, Holidays, Bible, Israel, Mitzvot/Tzedakah (Jewish obligations), and The Synagogue. Teacher resources, including wonderful picture books, games, art projects, and music classes, are incorporated. Children enjoy a weekly snack of challah and grape juice, and they participate in holiday programs with their new friends in the Preschool class. The Preschool students will join the Kindergarten students for a fun and lively class.

Grade 1 / Grade 2 (Kitah Aleph /Bet)

This is a weekly, two-hour Sunday morning class for children age 6-7 years old. Subjects include: Hebrew, Holidays, Bible, Gemilut Chasadim (the value of loving-kindness), Lifecycle, Mitzvot/Tzedakah (Jewish obligations), Prayer/Blessings, and Israel. The children also learn about Jewish traditions and Jewish identity. Grade 1/2 students are introduced to the Hebrew letters and vowels, and will begin to learn to decode Hebrew words. Holidays are highlighted through story, discussion, and crafts. Students participate in the P/K–Grade 2 Friday evening dinner and Shabbat blessings. Games, art projects, music, and innovative activities create a fun and interactive community-building experience that is enjoyed by our students.

Grade 3 / 4 (Kitah Gimel / Dalet)

Children, ages 7 to 9, meet twice a week, Sunday and Thursday, for two hours each session. Subjects include: Bible, Hebrew/Prayer and Israel, introduction to conversational Hebrew and Jewish Lifecycle. Lessons build on previously gained knowledge. Our curriculum goal is to increase reading fluency utilizing team games and partner reading. Children will learn to read and write in Hebrew cursive. The Explorer’s Bible, Book One is read and discussed in class. Grade 3/4 students participate in a Jewish music program, and participate in class discussions of the holidays and prayers; in addition, they prepare for a Grade 3-7 Shabbat morning service in the winter.

Grade 5 / 6 (Kitah Hey / Vav)

Children, age ten to twelve, meet twice a week on Sunday and Thursday for two hours each session. Subjects include: Hebrew, Prayer/Blessings, Bible, Israel, Holidays, and Jewish Lifecycle. Grade 5 / 6 students engage in innovative, participatory experiences where they learn in group activities and discussion. Our students develop friendships in our small class community and they enjoy interacting with their creative and dedicated teachers. Students learn Hebrew prayers and their meanings utilizing the prayer packets designed for the students to work at their own pace. Students study the Bible stories and prophets and will become familiar with learning from the TANACH (Bible and Prophets) and Parashat HaShavua the weekly Torah portions. In addition, the students participate in a Jewish music program and weekly school service where they lead and recite the Shabbat prayers with the rest of the school. Students prepare for and participate in a Gr.5 -7 Shabbat morning service. Sixth graders will learn about the Holocaust while the 5th graders will learn about Israel.

Grade 7 (Kitah Zayin)

Children age twelve to thirteen, the B’nai Mitzvah Class, meet for two hours on Thursday for classroom instruction and on Sunday for individual B’nai mitzvah tutoring. Subjects include: Hebrew Prayer, Jewish Historical Figures, Conversational Hebrew, and Values and Ethics. Our Grade 7 is an introduction to noteworthy Jewish personalities and their contributions to society, along with the Jewish value that they teach us. The class participates in dynamic activities that draw them into learning. Each Thursday ends with a Kabbalat Shabbat service where the whole school joins in a joyous prayer ceremony that welcomes the Sabbath.

Grades 8+ Shalom School Teen Initiative (SSTI)

The Shalom School Teen Initiative (SSTI) is an interactive program at Temple Beth Shalom in Melrose open to teens from 8th grade through 10th grade. SSTI meets twice a month on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The evening begins with a social dinner followed by two hours of interactive programming.

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