TCS’s Innovative Educational Model

Temple Chayai Shalom SULAM
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SULAM / Gesher Registration for 2022-2023 / 5783
Register for Temple Chayai Shalom’s Religious Education program grades K-7
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TCS’s innovative educational model for grades K-5 is called “SULAM,” which is the Hebrew word for “ladder.” The name SULAM was chosen as an acronym for: Source for Understanding, Learning, And Meaning.
SULAM meets only one day a week, on Sundays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The program includes Hebrew learning, Judaic learning through Project Based Learning, and other modes of student-centered education, as well as and a music or T’filah (prayer) component. On several occasions during the year, SULAM is replaced with a whole-school program focused on a specific theme such as a Jewish holiday, Shabbat or Mitzvah day.

Gesher, (bridge), is our educational program for grades 6 and 7 and it meets on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Click below under the “Our School” section for detailed curricular information.



TCS’ SULAM strives to provide dynamic, creative and inspirational offerings which empower learners of various ages, abilities and learning styles, to expand their minds and develop close relationships to our traditions, Jewish wisdom, the community, and Israel.

We take pride in our innovative approach to Jewish learning featuring: Project Based Learning, experiential learning, school-wide programs and family learning programs.  


We provide a complete spectrum of Jewish educational areas
to fit the needs of students of all ages.

2022-2023 School Year Registration

2022-2023 School Year Registration

Jeri Robins Director of Education

Jeri Robins spent her childhood in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to the Boston area in middle school. Raised in the Reform movement, she participated in NEFTY at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton and was active in BBYO, serving as a regional officer. She raised her family at Temple Emanuel in Newton and has held positions in both the Reform and Conservative movements, giving her a broad understanding of Jewish practice and traditions, worship styles and musical genres.
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Passport to


The Combined Jewish Philanthropies Passport to Israel Program is a special savings plan that helps fund a peer Israel experience during the later high school or early college years. Visiting Israel is a wonderful opportunity to connect Jewish learning and develop lifelong ties with the land and the people of Israel. The Passport to Israel Program offers families the opportunity to partner with TCS and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) to help defray the cost of an Israel experience and make it more affordable. 

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