Education

Religious School

Our Religious School gives each child the opportunity to build a special relationship with the rabbi, cantor, teachers, and fellow students. We strive to create an environment that will encourage children to develop a positive, Jewish identity, and provide them with Jewish “Life Skills” that will help them to carry on our traditions well into adulthood. In addition to our core Judaic studies of Torah, holidays, values, Israel, etc., students take part in a variety of enrichment activities that include art, dance, music and cooking. Our program meets on Sunday mornings from 9:00 – 12:00 for students in Kindergarten through 7th grade. There is also a special once a month, one hour, Preschool program for children and their parents. Students in grades 3-7 also receive a 45 minute private Hebrew tutoring session each week with the Cantor on a weekday afternoon. We are proud to offer a very unique Hebrew reading program that motivates children to learn and allows them to advance at their own pace. Students are encouraged to continue their Jewish education and involvement after Bar and Bat Mitzvah through special classes at the Synagogue, opportunities to act as classroom aides, participation in the Confirmation program and special community sponsored programs.

Beth Abraham Religious School Philosophy
(Based on the USCJ “Aims of the Conservative Synagogue School”)

Beth Abraham Religious School is committed to providing our students with Jewish education and experiences in order that they and their families will be able to integrate and appreciate the roles of God, Torah, Israel, Hebrew, Mitzvot, Jewish holidays, prayer, life cycle events, Jewish history and Jewish culture into their own lives.

Conservative Jewish education strives to be a major influence in forming:

  1. What a Jewish learner knows (knowledge)
  2. What a Jewish learner knows how to do (skills)
  3. What a Jewish learner wants to do (attitudes)

Our goals include:

  1. Jewish Values - Learning and practicing Jewish values and gaining an understanding that Judaism requires the performance of sacred deeds, mitzvot, in relationships between persons and in Trelationship to God.
  2. Torah Study – Knowing the basic events in the Biblical narrative from Genesis through the entry into Israel and discovering that Torah can be a source of meaning in our personal lives.
  3. Knowledge of Hebrew – Decoding Hebrew, knowing the basic vocabulary of the prayer book and understanding the Hebrew of frequently used prayers.
  4. Knowledge of Prayer and Praying – Becoming aware in oneself of a sense of wonder, amazement, place in the world, and being in God’s presence. Having the knowledge and skills to participate in Shabbat, holiday and weekday services.
  5. Knowledge about Israel and the Jewish People – Having an understanding of and a continuing interest in Israel and understanding that, to be a Jew is to be part of the extended Jewish family.
  6. Knowledge of Conservative Judaism – Having a basic understanding of what it is to be a Conservative Jew and what distinguishes the Movement from other streams of Judaism.

More Information

Outline of Learning
Individualized Program
Registration Form
Religious School Calendar