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Shalom Sunday School

Shalom Sunday School is the education program for our community, dedicated to preserving and passing on Jewish identity, values and culture through a non-theistic, humanist approach. In our school, children learn about Judaism and experience their Jewish heritage through a supportive, non-religious, experiential curriculum. Like you, our families value intentional, meaningful experiences for their children. Our parents and children come from a wide range of backgrounds including those who know nothing about Judaism to those who are able to share their love and knowledge of Jewish culture.

Because we welcome families from both the east and west sides of Lake Washington, our Shalom Sunday classrooms are located in the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island.* The classrooms offer our learners a bright and warm environment for learning. Teachers use activities, art, and music to help kids experience Jewish culture. With a kitchen too, cooking of Jewish foods is always a treat!

*Due to COVID-19, all classes will be online until further notice. We anticipate returning to in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.

Our teachers are experienced and bring their own rich and diverse Jewish backgrounds.

Shalom Sunday School has spots available now in our K/1st, 2nd/3rd, 4th/5th, and 6th/7th/B'nai Mitzvah, as well as our preschool class. Shalom Sunday meets twice a month on Sundays, from September through June (the preschool meets once monthly). Students learn about Jewish identity, holidays, values, and history, all from a secular humanist perspective. Virtual classes (approximately one hour) begin with a brief all-school check-in, then break out into class sessions.  When we are able to meet in person, classes meet for two hours and are followed by a thirty minute closing community “Circle Time” for families and teachers to review the day and do a short activity together. 

During the year students also get involved with projects outside the classroom. Projects vary but have included tree planting, volunteering at the annual Jewish Family Services Food Sort event, leading holiday events, and raising funds for international charities.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

A Secular Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony signifies a young person’s desire to identify with Jewish culture and an important expression of the family’s support. Our secular Jewish Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies are non-religious, unique to each family, and conducted within the embrace of our community.

School Philosophy

Shalom Sunday School families have an opportunity to understand their heritage and identity through exposure to Jewish values, history, and celebrations. Shalom Sunday Program Goals are:

  • To learn and experience Jewish history, culture and community.
  • To understand one’s heritage and to develop a meaningful Jewish identity.
  • To expose students to Secular Humanistic values including: self-reliance, ethical behavior, social justice, and involvement in family, community, and the world.

Parent Time

*Due to COVID-19, the adult discussion group is paused.  We anticipate resuming for the 2021-2022 school year.

While your child is in class you can join in the experience! Once a month, we have an adult discussion group held the same time that students are in class.

This is your opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings related to Jewish parenting and identity, from a secular perspective. Our conversations often range from our own upbringings and beliefs, to discussing the role of Jewish rituals and traditions in your family life.

If you are curious contact us with the below form to arrange a visit.
To see a description of our classes, and schedule for the 2020-2021 school year, please visit our classes page.

Contact us with any questions


Thu, 5 August 2021