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 a community of learners and teachers who make the heritage of the Jewish people come alive. Our classes start with two-year-olds who come once a month to our Tot Holiday Program and continues to our Adult Education classes, which offer Hebrew, Bible and Talmud, Jewish Cuisine, and even a Taste of Yiddish, among other offerings.
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. The Rabbi is a constant presence in our students' lives as they move from Aleph class through Hay class.
The Confirmation Academy is a three-year program that builds students’ knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a Jew, as well as how to handle the societal issues that all teenagers face. The Academy features guest presenters each week who engage students with topics ranging from “The Secret Jews of New Mexico” to “The Jewish Artist at Work” to “Jewish Views of God”. These young people build their Jewish education upon the foundations that were set when they entered Religious School.
Adult Education includes weekly, lay-led Torah study, the Making Connections to Judaism Speakers Series, and more.