Beyond Religious School:
Options at Temple Israel

Telem (High School volunteerism program, grades 8-12)

We are excited to announce the start of a new year with Telem. This year, our 8th-12th grade volunteers will be learning from the Telem Connecting Generations curriculum and working with residents at Whitney Place. We have already begun planning some exciting activities with the residents, and we look forward to bringing your talents to share with this wonderful community.

We will meet at Whitney Place (675 S Main St in Sharon) on alternating Thursdays from 6:30-8pm:

  • Oct 25

  • Nov 8, Nov 21 (optional; Wednesday before Thanksgiving)

  • December 6, 20

  • January 17, 31

Cost, $360 (checks to Temple Israel, write “HS Telem” in the memo section)

Register using the form below, then print, sign, and return the CORI form and a photo ID scan via email to apoirier@tisharon.org or to Allison's mailbox at TI. All volunteers over the age of 16 need to have a CORI check before volunteering at Whitney Place. 

Student's Name *
Student's Name
Student's cell phone *
Student's cell phone
Parent 1's Name *
Parent 1's Name
Parent 2's Name
Parent 2's Name
Emergency contact number *
Emergency contact number
Type "none" if none
I can drive MYSELF to Whitney Place *
I can drive OTHERS to Whitney Place *
(I am 17+ with a driver's license or will be driven by another adult)
Billing: *


Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!

Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! is an experiential education program currently touching the lives of 3,500 girls across North America. The program uses Jewish teachings and practices — in a five-year cycle of curricular materials — to give girls a place to feel safe, articulate their deepest concerns, consider the impact of gender on their daily lives, have fun, and be ‘real’ with their peers. Rosh Hodesh groups meet monthly for girls between the ages of 11-18. Through discussion, arts & crafts, creative ritual, games, and drama, the girls and their leaders draw on Jewish values and a gender lens to explore the issues the girls care about most, such as body image, friendship, relationships, family, competition, and stress. Our first meeting will be in November! If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Rachel Silverman - rsilverman@tisharon.org.

Telem: Seventh Grade

As in years past, the 7th grade class will split its time between the Telem program and classroom learning through the Religious School. More specifically, the overarching curriculum for this class is being designed to be an age-appropriate transition into adulthood, understanding that many of these kids are mid or post-b'nei mitzvah. We will focus on learning how to be a responsible, participatory Jewish adult, including:

  • an in-depth look at the mitzvot of visiting the sick / visiting a shiva house

  • a few of the holidays that they have not yet had the opportunity to study deeply (Yom HaShoah, Yom Ha’Atzmaut, and Tisha B’av)

  • the Holocaust and its impact on Judaism & the world

  • the Megillot, specifically Megillah Esther, which we read on Purim

Registering through our on-line system for 7th grade, registers your child for both the 7th grade Telem program and the regular learning.