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Beth Israel Religious School

Congregation Beth Israel is pleased to offer an extensive program for all children, from toddlers through high school.

Programs:
Toddler Play Group
Religious School
Midrasha

Classes are generally held on Sundays and Thursdays. Check the calendar for current dates and schedule

Toddler Play Group
Our Toddler Play Group, led by Sharon Cores, typically meets one Sunday per month, and is designed to introduce Judaism, including Jewish holidays and other areas of Jewish life, to the youngest in the community. Available to both members and non-members alike, we offer a structured (but FUN!) program where parents can begin to provide their toddlers a social experience within a religious context, and allows them to meet other parents with similar interests.
Religious School
The Students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 6 attend our Religious School. (Our 7th Graders and beyond attend our Midrasha program.) The program offers an engaging curriculum where each year builds on central themes of Hebrew, Synagogue Skills (i.e. prayers, Trope), Israel, Jewish Holidays, Mitzvot, and other Jewish themes.
Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and first graders attend each Sunday morning, where they are introduced to the Jewish Holidays, Hebrew letters, and more. Our second through fourth graders meet two days a week and learn common prayers, more about the history and culture of Israel, stories from the Bible, and more about learning Jewish values.
This learning continues for our fifth and sixth grade students, who also learn both Haftarah and Torah Trope, and learn more in depth about Jewish life cycle events and the holidays.
Midrasha
The goal of our Midrasha program is to engage our oldest students in a meaningful, age-appropriate education program that will allow them to explore what it means to be Jewish in America, in the past and in their lives today. Breaking away from the traditional classroom format, this program is designed to be more experiential in nature and has in the past included field trips to the Touro synagogue (the oldest synagogue in America, located in Newport, RI), cooking competitions, and more, in an attempt to make our students connect and remain connected with Judaism.
Religious School Committee

Sarah Blumenstock
Nancy Cohn
Anne Schwartz
Adelle Stavis