TCS’s innovative educational model:
TCS’s innovative educational model, called “SULAM”, was first implemented in the fall of 2011. SULAM is the Hebrew word for “ladder,” and we chose it as an acronym for: Source for Understanding, Learning, And Meaning.
SULAM is the result of an exhaustive study analyzing the community’s needs, learning about various educational models, and imagining possibilities.
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.
Sarit T. Ferreira Director of Education
Born and raised in Israel, Sarit Ferreira’s family moved between Dimona, a little town in the Negev Desert, to Kibbutz Ginosar (which her grandparents founded) on the shore of Lake Kineret (also known as “Lake of Galilee”). As required of all Israeli citizens, she served in the IDF after graduating from High School as an aerial photos analyst in an Air-Force Intelligence unit. When her service was complete, Sarit moved to Massachusetts to pursue a college degree in education with a second major in art with a crafts concentration. Read More…
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 and 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 make an Israel experience affordable.
Frequently Asked Questions
SULAM is the name for our education program at Temple Chayai Shalom serving children from pre-school through 5th grade.
SULAM is an acronym for: Source for Understanding
Learning And Meaning. In Hebrew the word SULAM means “ladder”. It was selected for our program for it’s acronym as well as a reference to the ladder in our ancestor Jacob’s dream. In that dream, Jacob saw a tall ladder reaching up to the heavens with angels ascending and descending. (Genesis: 28:10-15)
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 to develop close relationships to community, to Israel and to Jewish wisdom.
In 6th grade, students transition to our Gesher program.
Gesher is the Hebrew word for “Bridge”. We chose this word as a name for our middle school program since we have designed this program to serve as a bridge from childhood into teen years— the topics are carefully selected to prepare students for becoming Jewish young adults.
At Gesher we continue to provide students with creative and meaningful experiences as they also develop leadership skills, liturgical mastery and awareness for our communal responsibility at TCS and beyond.
At TCS, we feel that the purpose of Jewish education is to help our youngest members to develop a Jewish identity and be prepared to lead a Jewish life as adults. The Bar Mitzvah / Bat Mitzvah ceremony is an important Rite-of-Passage which celebrates becoming responsible for leading Jewish life as a Jewish adult. To prepare for the important event, students study with a tutor and work with the Rabbi on their D’var Torah for a few months leading up to the big day. This is not a part of SULAM or Gesher, but a process specific for this purpose.
We expect that student’s families become members of the temple beginning when their oldest child reaches 2nd grade. If your older child is not yet in 2nd grade, you may enroll him/her in SULAM without being a member of TCS.
Enrollment in Young Explorers, our preschool age program does not require temple membership, and neither does enrolling in Teen Oasis programs.
To enroll your child in SULAM, please contact the Education Director, Sarit Ferreira at 508-238-6385 ex. 102 or email: email@example.com
We accept SULAM and Gesher enrollments at any time of the year, and at any age. It is never too late to offer Jewish Education for your child. Contact Education Director, Sarit Ferreira at 508-238-6385 ex. 102 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to enroll your child.
Contact Education Director, Sarit Ferreira at 508-238-6385 ex. 102 or email: email@example.com