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We are incredibly proud of our Religious School at SHM!

Over 330 students strong, yet intimate enough where we know each and every student, the SHM is really the place to be if you want your child involved in Jewish education and programming!


Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot Religious School is a place where we strive to create and nurture strong Jewish identities by…

Establishing and sustaining a learning environment that is positive, exciting and approachable for all of our students

Providing students with Jewish knowledge and skills

Deepening an understanding of Jewish values and how they are put into action in everyday life

Connecting out students to each other and the Jewish community, at home and abroad.


In partnership with the Jewish Community Foundation Orange County, the Reform synagogues of Orange County and Long Beach are pleased to offer a 9th-12th Grade Teen Retreat on February 25th-27th, 2022 at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, located in the city of Orange. 

The Teen Retreat will begin on Friday, February 25th at 5:00 PM and will end on Sunday, February 27th at 12:00 PM.

Why do Los Angeles/San Diego/Santa Barbara teens need to pay more than Orange County/Long Beach teens?

This retreat is majorly funded by the Jewish Community Foundation Orange County. Due to this, we are required to use most of the grant for the Orange County/Long Beach community. As always, we never want finances to be the reason a teen cannot attend this experience. If cost is an issue, please reach out to Matt Ghan, Retreat Coordinator at

If you have any further questions about registration, please reach out to Matt Ghan, our Retreat Coordinator, at

Information about our Religious School 

Learn more about our Religious School Programs:

Hebrew School

Learning Hebrew at SHM is not only about sounding out the Hebrew words, but also about the meaning behind the prayers and being able to participate in services. We strive for our students in Kitah Gimel (3rd grade) through Kitah Vav (6th grade) to create a personal relationship with what the prayers mean to them.

Madrichim Program

Students in 8th-12th grade can give back to their community by serving as a Madrich/a (a guide or teacher’s assistant) on our days for Religious School. Madrichim are powerful role models within their classroom, and the experience not only enhances their Jewish knowledge and leadership abilities, but they have a significant impact on the lives of the students (and teachers) in their classes.

Chai School

​​​​​​Chai School is for those in 7th-12th grades, and a thriving post-B’nai Mitzvah community that serves over 100 teens. Students dive deep into topics ranging from being a Member of the Tribe, Israel, Holocaust studies and more. In 10th grade, our students enter their Confirmation year, where they will study with the Rabbis and discuss how the 10 Commandments fit into their lives, while our 11th/12th graders join in the Rappin’ with the Rabbi class, where they discuss today’s hot topics and find the Jewish values woven throughout.

Family Camp

Family Camps are special days where adults and their child(ren) can connect and engage in grade level learning. Families explore Jewish ethics, celebrate Jewish holidays and focus on the Middah (value) of the Month, which is centered around the year's theme of "love".

Mon, May 16 2022 15 Iyar 5782