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Shalom Chaverim School

Shalom Chaverim School 9:30-11:30 am
Hebrew Language Program 12-1 pm 

2022-2023 Calendar

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New in 2022 for grades PreK–6

The world depends upon three things: Torah, Avodah (service of the heart), and Gemilut Hasadim (acts of loving kindness) —

Mishnah, Avot 1:2

Our program for students in grades PreK-6 is designed to instill a knowledge of Torah, Hebrew prayers, and Jewish virtues. We are an egalitarian, largely interfaith community honored with expert teachers bringing history, relevance & joy to learners of all ages and backgrounds. 

We use a curriculum based on identifiable units of essential understanding and skills, as well as activities and parent information. Our curriculum is divided into the above three threads which interweave throughout the course of the year. Per our parent survey- this year’s themes are: culture, traditions/values and Tikkun Olam.

Meets on Sundays - approximately 2x/month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.     Prayer service (parents welcome!)
9:45–10:30 a.m.     Perek Alef (1st period of classroom learning)
10:30 a.m.     Recess/snack/socialize time
10:45–11:30 a.m.    Perek Bet (2nd period - projects to enhance 1st period/support this year’s themes)

Please click here for Hebrew Language Program details.

Additionally, there will be 2-3 field trips throughout the year, such as the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Urban Adamah.


Our Teachers

Fanny Stein
Born and bred in Brooklyn and moved to Manhattan as an adult, Fanny holds a Master’s degree in Education. She taught reading and language arts in New York City.  After moving to California, Fanny worked in the art field with her late husband and owned an art gallery in Sausalito. Later, Fanny taught at the JCC preschool in San Rafael as well as the religious school at Congregation Rodef Sholom, also in San Rafael. When Fanny moved to Cotati, she became involved in the religious school here . She is a longtime BIJC youth educator:  from J School to Shabbat Connect and now, Shalom Chaverim School. 
Fanny has three daughters and five grandchildren all within 20 minutes of each other. Her 102 year old mother lives with her and Fanny is her primary caregiver.

Judith Helman

Spring 2022 last day of school party!

Our wonderful teachers, from left, Fanny Stein (Shalom Chaverim) and Judith Helman (Shalom Chaverim & Hebrew)

For more info or if you have any questions, contact Hillary at

Sat, February 4 2023 13 Shevat 5783