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Mayim is Temple Beth Shalom’s learning program for children in grades K-5. Our children participate in active, meaningful Jewish learning experiences in a welcoming and nurturing environment that reflects the character of our entire community.


In developing Mayim, we moved away from the classical “Religious School” educational model that has been prevalent in North American synagogues for the past century. Instead, we are offering a new paradigm for Jewish life and learning. Mayim is the Hebrew word for “water” – learn more about why we chose that title.


At Mayim, our Jewish Learning Guides (educators) and learners collaborate to:

  • foster deep, joyful community with one another and between our families;

  • discover and explore Jewish identity, practice, and Hebrew language in immersive, interactive – and fun – ways;

  • engage in innovative project-based, hands-on learning that gives each learner a role, a contribution, and a voice;

  • embrace and affirm each child as an individual with a personal learning style, unique needs, challenges and opportunities;

  • connect more deeply with the entire Temple Beth Shalom congregation and the Jewish community as a whole.


Together, we aim to provide this generation of children with an inclusive, accepting space to learn and build relationships while enjoying a rich experience of Judaism that will serve as a foundation for Jewish living for years to come. Mayim is grounded in our sense of who we are as a community as reflected in Our Vision for Excellence in Learning at TBS and Our TBS Mission and Vision Statements.


One of the keys to our success in this model is engaging, training, and retaining excellent educators to make Jewish life and learning come alive for our children. Learn more about Leadership Team, Jewish Learning Guides, and Hebrew Educators.


Mayim was developed in partnership with Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Brandeis University through a thoughtful renewal process between 2010-2012. Mayim launched as a brand-new approach to Jewish life and learning in the fall of 2012.

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