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The Irving and Edith Friedman Academy of Jewish Learning

Living a rich Jewish life is accomplished, in part, by receiving meaningful education.  Congregation B’nai Israel aims to foster the creation of Jewish adults who can actively and confidently participate in Jewish life. Our synagogue offers Religious School, Bar / Bat Mitzvah training, and a Confirmation program to build the foundation and help to keep the Torah as presence in our childrens’ lives. Contact our Religious School Director, Joan Horowitz, for more information.

Open to children 3 to 18 years-old. The curriculum is a cumulative program that, with each new year’s instruction, builds upon the previous year’s foundation. Emphasis is on Hebrew language skills in reading and writing, and learning and becoming proficient in Jewish prayers. The RS covers a wide variety of topics that include Jewish holy days, Bible, ethics, Jewish practices, Jewish history, and the contemporary global Jewish diaspora.  Jewish Studies explore traditions, history, Torah, and values in a variety of creative and age-appropriate ways. 

Our professional staff of dedicated teachers provides hands-on instruction in a close-knit community setting. Small class sizes allow all students to receive individualized attention.  The students take part in relevant field trips, mitzvah projects, and communal holiday celebrations. These activities foster a thriving school community where Jewish education is imparted and received with joy.

In striving to be an inclusive and diverse community we welcome families from all backgrounds and levels of observance.

RS classes meet on Sundays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, and Tuesdays, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

As students approach the one year mark prior to Bar / Bat Mitzvah-age celebrations, they begin learning their Torah and Haftarah portions and how to lead the congregation’s religious services. For this special coming-of-age milestone, students receive ability-based, one-on-one tutoring to ensure they meet their goals and families’ expectations.

A 3-year program for students in 8th to 10th grade. Confirmation classes are centered on project-based learning. Students choose and create mitzvah and community projects, attend relevant field trips, meet with guest speakers, and serve as peer tutors and mentors to younger students at the Religious School.

Classes are structured to encourage discussion. Students explore a variety of topics in month-long units of study: Israel and Palestine, gender in Judaism, Jewish movements, halacha, social justice, and more. Students are encouraged to ask the ‘big questions,’ develop critical thinking, and become active participants in their learning.