Family Education

For questions about our education programs contact Rabbi Shahar at

Jewish Learning is a life-long journey. That’s why our unique approach prioritizes family learning, where adults learn alongside their children and model the value of exploring Jewish text, culture, spirituality and traditions. We offer three programs to meet the needs of children ages 3-13, and after that we work with families individually to find the right offering in the wealth of amazing and varied post-b’nai mitzvah Jewish learning experiences.

Family Learning Circle

The Nehar Shalom Family Learning Circle is a family education program for children ages 3-6 and their parents. Learning together through stories, music, art, and drama, children and parents will share in Jewish expression and celebration. A Jewish framework and approach will be given to values such as diversity, social justice, peace and community. This year's theme is "Jewish time"- exploring how Jews relate to the cycles of days, weeks, months and the holidays over the course of the year.


The Family Learning Circle meets one Sunday per month from October through June from 3:30-4:30 pm.


 Mishpacha Family 
Hebrew School

Be a part of a Jewish learning experience with your child and a caring community of young people and parents.


Mishpacha joyfully fosters Jewish identity and knowledge, while seeking through a Jewish framework social justice and peace. Our curriculum includes Hebrew, tefillah (prayer) experience, and Jewish study along a theme for each year. During the 2020-2021 school year we focused on mitzvot, learning about a different mitzvah each week; our 2021-2022 theme Jewish stories. 



Meeting Monday evenings for an hour and a half, this program brings together families who want to explore and learn together, creating community while immersed in Jewish learning. Acknowledging and celebrating our diversity, we are a multi-racial community welcoming parents of all faith backgrounds, family configurations, and levels of Jewish knowledge and experience. We strive to work with children and their grown-ups to meet the needs and learning styles of all our participants.

B-Mitzvah Program
Preparation for Becoming a Responsible Community Member

Our B-Mitzvah program is designed to accommodate our community’s diversity while also creating a supportive community of families to accompany and support each other through the process. We use the language of “B-Mitzvah” instead of “B’nai,” “Bar” or “Bat” Mitzvah because it is a non-gendered way of referring to this Jewish rite of passage. (We will encourage each student and family to find and use the language that best fits them.)


The program includes the following components: 

  1. Family Learning Series alongside other families preparing for B-Mitzvah, this series of programs builds community, explores the significance of B-Mitzvah and introduces important Jewish concepts 

  2. Individual Tutoring: To prepare each student for their celebration shabbat service

  3. Attending at least 3 shabbat morning services prior to B-Mitzvah (at Nehar Shalom or other synagogues). This will help each student and family become comfortable with the services as a context for B-Mitzvah ritual.

  4. Independent Project: Each student will undertake an independent project to develop their Jewish knowledge, identity and experience in a direction that they are excited about.

Families must be members of Nehar Shalom to participate in the B-Mitzvah program.

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