TCS’s Innovative Educational Model

Temple Chayai Shalom SULAM
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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 music and T’filah (prayer) components. 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, a day of service helping those in the community. Recent projects include making soup packets to feed the hungry in Ukraine.

Gesher, which means bridge in Hebrew, is our 6th and 7th grade educational program, 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.


The TCS SULAM program strives to provide dynamic, creative, and engaging offerings which inspire and 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 education, which features Project-Based Learning, experiential education, and school-wide programs, as well as opportunities for families to learn together.



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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