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Yom Rishon, 4 Tishri 5778

Temple Shir Shalom is committed to empowering our families to live Jewish lives with a strong moral conscience. We want our students to develop a relationship with God through reverence for all that is holy and participation in Tikkun Olam (repairing our world), Tzedekah (charity) and G'milut Hasadim (acts of loving kindness). Accordingly, we are committed to teaching each generation to share the joy of our heritage by providing the opportunity to learn Jewish history, language and traditions. Jewish education is a life long process – through knowledge we encourage our students to embrace their Jewish identity, which includes love of Torah and an appreciation of their connection to the Jewish people. We hope to nurture the perpetuation of Jewish life and identity and to enable our youth to share the joy of our heritage.

Temple Shir Shalom is excited to share with you a wonderful opportunity for the 2016-2017 school year.  Temple Shir Shalom and Temple Israel have joined together to create a collaborative religious school for the children of both congregations.  The newly formed community school will be called the Meitin Alliance for Growth and Learning, a Collaborative Religious School by Temple Israel and Temple Shir Shalom. The school will be known as MAGAL, the Hebrew word for circle and a symbol of oneness.  Although each congregation has its unique character, we are one in our commitment to provide a strong Jewish education and identity to our children.  We are so happy and excited that our children will twice as many Jewish students with whom to connect.

All Classes will be held at Temple Israel, 50 Moss Road in Winter Springs.  School times are Sundays 9:00am- 12:30pm for all children in grades K-7. The Temple Israel students in grades 3-7 will also be attending classes on Wednesdays from 5pm-6:30pm.  TSS STUDENTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND ON WEDNESDAYS, but are always welcome. Temple Israel will use the time on Wednesdays to cover material specific to a Conservative setting.  We are so happy that our children will have twice as many Jewish students with whom to connect.

Please complete the MAGAL Registration Form (including the release page) for each child and return it to our Treasurer at your earliest convenience so that we may plan accordingly for your child’s Jewish education.  We look forward to seeing you at shul soon.  Questions about religious school can be directed to Cantor Kim Singer or Dale Mester.  

If you would like, you can pay MAGAL tuition to Temple Shir Shalom through PayPal.  Please choose the payment amount that matches your students registration.

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Important Dates:

Wednesday, August 16th 5pm-6:30pm – Informal Meet & Greet for teachers and students at MAGAL classrooms.

Sunday, August 20th 9am-12:30pm -  1st day of Religious School – Parents are encouraged to stay with their children and join in the fun activities on our first day of school at MAGAL!

Full MAGAL Calendar

FAQ’s

Q – Are TI and TSS merging?

A:  No.  Just the religious schools are merging.  Both congregations cherish their own unique identities and fully intend to preserve their independence.

Q – But TI is Conservative and TSS is Reform.  How will that work?

A:  The curriculum is truly very similar.  While there are some prayer differences, any specifically Conservative prayers will be reserved for Wednesday classes, as TSS has historically met only on Sundays.  TSS students are encouraged to attend Wednesday classes but will not be required to do so.

Q – How many students will there be?  How many classrooms?

A:  We are expecting to double the size of our school, as both synagogues currently have similar enrollment.  While your returned registration forms will be needed for final numbers, we expect to have three classrooms:  K -2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-7th.

Q – Who will run the school?

A:  Rabbi Neely and Cantor Kim will run the school jointly, aided by the education  committee comprised of the education board member of each synagogue Kris Crane and Dale Mester, and two additional congregants from each synagogue.