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Am Shalom Religious and Hebrew School Registration

5779 (2018-2019)

Please note: our school registration is different this year. In order to register for the 2018-19 year, you MUST have an account and be signed in on our new membership portal. Information was sent out via email. If you cannot find the email, or cannot access your account, please contact Matthew Altman or call Am Shalom at 847.835.4800. Only members may be register for school - after joining, you will receive an email with further instructions. You can find our school registration form, accessible by signing in, here.

Please read all of this information. 

Registration is only taken online. Payment can be online or by check.

For technical issues with registration, please contact Matthew Altman.

  • BEFORE July 1 - School Fees: $450 per child, per class for Religious school and $500 per child, per class for Hebrew school.
  • After July 1 there is an additional $100 fee per child, per class.
  • There are NO EXCEPTIONS. Until payment is received, or payment plans arranged, your child will not be “formally” registered for 2018-19 and cannot be assigned a classroom and teacher. All of your Am Shalom obligations must also be current, or once again, a payment plan arranged.
  • Remember that school registration is for Am Shalom members only. Membership information and forms can be found here.

Please take note of the following grade-level considerations:

  • Our Pre-Kindergarten class is open to children who will be starting kindergarten in the fall of 2019. It meets once a month, and the registration fee is $180. This is open to members and non-members
  • 2018-2019 THIRD Graders MUST sign up for Hebrew School for 2018-2019 or find a tutor to keep them on track with their preparation for becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Please reach out to the Am Shalom staff if you have any questions or special circumstances.

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    2018-2019 SECOND GRADERS are eligible to enroll in Hebrew School as well. This is an opportunity to get a jump-start on Hebrew learning for your 2nd grade student and a great time to take advantage of their enthusiasm for learning! We highly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity. Our Hebrew Enrichment class will continue to be taught by one of our Directors of Youth Programming, Kadi House.
  • 2018-2019 SEVENTH GRADERS must enroll in our 7th grade program, in which 70% attendance throughout the school year is a necessity for becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Am Shalom. Please pay attention to the options.

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      7th Grade Religious School: Each student will do ONE of the following options. You will be asked to RANK your choices.
      • Philanthropy & Tikkun Olam (Repair the World) - Wednesdays 4:15-6:00 pm
        • Through thought-provoking discussion and learning, these students will learn about philanthropy and major world issues. Students will engage in a tikkun olam (repair the world) project together as a group.
      • Advanced Hebrew School - Wednesdays 4:15-6:00pm
        • 7th grade Advanced Hebrew School will focus on Modern Hebrew, in addition to training our 7th graders to be helpers in our Hebrew School. Also, this will help prepare students who plan to take Hebrew in high school.
      • Madrichim-in-Training - Sundays 9:15-11:30am
        • Madrichim are the helpers in our religious school classrooms. Our 7th Grade Madrichim will have several required additional training sessions before or after Religious School, scheduled in advance, and one session that will take place before the Religious School Year begins.
      • Jewish Culture Study - Sundays 11:30am-1:00pm
        • Students will learn about Judaism through cultural study, such as cooking, arts, music, and drama. (This group will also have bagel brunch with the 8-10th graders on Sunday mornings)

Each of the programs have limited enrollment. You will be asked to rank your student's choices.

Reminder: 7th graders are expected to enroll in one of these four programs as a requirement of our B'nai Mitzvah program.

  • Jewish education doesn’t end at age 13! Our 8th, 9th, and 10th grade programs, taught by our Rabbis and our master teacher Buddy Schreiber, are incredibly engaging and address relevant teen issues. Each class also has a yearly trip. All current seventh graders are HIGHLY encouraged to sign up for our confirmation program. All students in these grades are encouraged to sign up, even if you didn't register or attend the previous year.

  • 2018-2019 11th/12th graders are invited to attend our 11th and 12th grade Post-Confirmation program. Please register on the form. Our program will include a trip that will be at extra cost. There is no fee for this program.

Thank you for your cooperation with our school registration process. We look forward to receiving your registration materials soon.

If you have any questions regarding school registration, please contact Rabbi Phyllis Sommer, our Director of Congregational Learning, by email or 847-835-4800, x253.

For technical issues with registration, please contact Matthew Altman.