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Shalom Sunday School

Shalom Sunday School is the education program for our community. Since 1994 we have gathered as a community, dedicated to preserving and passing on Jewish identity, values and culture through a non-theistic, humanist approach. Our inter-generational family of like-minded friends includes Jewish individuals and couples, children, interfaith and multi-cultural families, and members of the LGBT community.

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!

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

Shalom Sunday School offers classes for children from preschool age until they complete their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Classes meet twice a month, on Sundays, from September through June. Classes begin at 9:30 am and end at 11:30 am. We end each session with a community “Circle Time” gathering of parents, children, siblings, and teachers from 11:30 am to 12:00.

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

While your child is in class you can join in the experience. We have a discussion group for parents, partners, and grandparents, 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.

Not interested in a discussion group? While your kids are in class you can enjoy the JCC facility. There is a large quiet room with wi-fi, great for reading and study. There is also an espresso bar and gym facilities! There is “drop in” childcare available at the JCC during Shalom Sunday where a trained provider will offer art activities and fun at an affordable cost for siblings too young to attend class.

If you are curious contact us with the below form to arrange a visit.
To see a description of our classes, please visit our classes page.

Contact us with any questions

 

Sat, October 21 2017