Learning at B'nai Israel
Congregation B'nai Israel offers programs for Pre-School, Kindergarten, Religious School, Bar / Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, and Adult Education.
The Irving and Edith Friedman Academy of Jewish Learning is open to children 3 to 18 years old. We offer high-standard, hands-on Jewish education in an inclusive community setting.
- We offer a strong Hebrew program that emphasizes reading skills and prayer proficiency.
- Our Jewish Studies program explores Jewish traditions, history, Torah, and values in a variety of creative and age-appropriate ways.
- We have a wonderful staff of professional and dedicated teachers, who teach in small classes to ensure all students get the attention they need.
- We are a thriving school community, and we believe that Jewish education should be done with joy and love. Our students go on field trips, participate in mitzvah projects, and celebrate holidays together.
- We strive to be an inclusive and diverse community, welcoming families from all backgrounds and levels of observance.
The school meets on Sundays 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and Tuesdays 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm.
The Congregation B'nai Israel Pre-School offers fully-accredited, quality programs for preschool and kindergarten children of all faiths, and includes a two-session summer camp. The preschool program is available two, three, or five days per week. Extended care, lunch, and an arts program are also offered to our students. Every day of the school year is full of learning and celebration.
The Religious School curriculum is a cumulative program, as each year’s instruction builds upon the previous year’s foundation. The School emphasizes reading and writing the Hebrew language and on learning prayer. The School offers a wide variety of other topics, including Jewish holy days, Bible, ethics, Jewish practices, Jewish history, and people in the contemporary Jewish world - to ensure that the children keep the Torah as a living presence in their lives.
Bar / Bat Mitzvah Preparation
As students approach their Bar / Bat Mitzvah celebrations, they learn not only their Torah and Haftorah portions, but also to lead the congregation in Friday evening and Saturday morning services.
Students enjoy one-on-one tutoring with our Rabbi, in order to meet the goals of each individual student and family for this special event.
This 3-year program for students in 8th to 10th grades centers on project-based learning. Students choose and create mitzvah and community projects, go on field trips, meet with guest speakers, and help as tutors and mentors for our younger students.
In addition, we offer more traditional class time, where students explore a variety of topics in month-long units: Israel and Palestine, discussions on gender in Judaism, study of Jewish movements, halacha, social justice and more. Students are encouraged to ask the 'big questions', develop critical thinking, and be equal participants in the learning process.
Adult Education includes weekly, lay-led Torah study, the Making Connections to Judaism Speakers Series, and more. Click here for upcoming and ongoing classes.