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"A Place for Jewish Learning"

Religious School Director - Barry SmithWe strive to create an enjoyable and meaningful Jewish learning experience at Beth El. From nursery workshop through post-confirmation, Beth El's children are provided with the tools of Jewish living. Through the study of Torah, Hebrew, history, ethics, prayer, social action and tzedakah, we teach our youth the Jewish faith and tradition and work to forge a long-term bond and commitment to Jewish culture. You can view our Religious Calendar here.

Our teachers provide a warm, positive and fun environment that fosters enthusiasm for Jewish learning through an interactive classroom setting, art, music, family programs, and field trips. For more information contact me, Barry Smith, Religious School Director, or call 703 370 6644.


Religious School Class 7Mr. Seigel teaching two students








Beth El members are encouraged to enroll new or returning students through our online registration. Please review the Religious School Online Registration Tutorial for instructions. 

Families that are not members of Beth El Hebrew Congregation may enroll their children in grades Kindergarten through second grade by completing and submitting the appropriate forms and payment. Interested non members should contact the Religious School at 703-370-6644 or email the Religious School office for more information.

For a breakdown of religious school costs by grade, see the Tuition and Payment Form.

Our Mission

The religious school's mission focuses on teaching:
* Torah: to focus on the moral behaviors, values, history and wisdom which are the foundation of Judaism.
* Hebrew Literacy: to be able to participate in services, while gaining an understanding of the prayers and developing a connection to Hebrew
as the language of the Jewish people.
* History and Israel: to develop a sense of belonging to the Jewish community, past, present and future; developing an identity as part of a local and international Jewish community whose center is the State of Israel.
* Traditions, Customs, Holidays: to learn and participate in traditions, customs and holiday observances that have cultural and historical meaning, and to find personal meaning within their own families' lives.
* Mitzvot and Tikkun Olam: to teach the importance of living a moral life by doing acts of loving kindness and repairing the world through social action.
* Reform Judaism: to provide an enduring understanding of the tenets of Reform Judaism.
* God: to help students begin to develop their personal theology and relationship with God through prayer, study and acts of loving kindness.

Our Classes

Classes begin when students enter Kindergarten and continue through post-Confirmation (11th and 12th grade).

Primary grades (K thru 3rd) meet on Sunday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Grades 4 thru 7 meet on Sunday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Wednesday evening from 6:15 PM to 8:00 PM.

Grades 8 through 10 (Confirmation) meet on Sunday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Grades 11 and 12 meet together once a month for one hour. 

Families who are not former or current members of Beth El Hebrew Congregation may enroll children in Religious School from Kindergarten through second grade at a higher tuition.

Our Educators

Successful Jewish learning is only possible by recruiting and retaining dedicated and knowledgeable Jewish Educators. Beth El is blessed with a cadre of Jewish educators who provide the "teaching moments" that last a lifetime.

Hear what our teachers have to say about their classroom experiences at Beth El:

  • I started teaching because I wanted to get other young people fired up about being Jewish and making Jewish friends.
  • I love teaching kindergarteners! They are so eager to learn, and have so much to give.
  • I love the challenge of working with the kids. After 18 years it is still a challenge because all the kids are different.
  • I love Judaism and love children and youth. I get my energy from the enthusiasm of the students I teach.

R.S. Quicklinks

2015-16 Tuition and Registration Forms
Online Registration Tutorial

Prayer Practice Files:

Click HERE to download.
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You can also practice using our YouTube Channel!

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Religious School Hebrew Links

Kindergarten Vocabulary

First Grade Vocabulary

Second Grade Vocabulary
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Third Grade Vocabulary
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Fourth Grade Hebrew Notebook
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Fifth Grade Hebrew Notebook

Sixth Grade Hebrew Notebook




For Beth El Educators

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Click HERE for Resources, including:

Teacher Contact List

Emergency Phone Tree

Teacher Handbook

Report Card Templates

Windows to My Classroom Master

Emergency Information

Transliterated Textbooks 




What Makes Us Beth El?


The next dinner is February 19

at 6:30 PM  

***In order to make sure we have
 enough tables set up and that we have
enough food prepared it is IMPERATIVE 
that you RSVP.  Thank you for understanding.***



Beth El at Work



Contributions in all amounts help support a wide variety of projects and programs at Beth El Hebrew Congregation.



Sunday, February 7

Buy soup and leave it in the box of the team you want to win the Super Bowl. Bring your team some luck and help feed Alexandria's hungry.

February is also time for the Beth El Housewares Drive for ALIVE! Consider buying new pillows, towels, and sheets for people moving out of shelters into their own homes. If not new, please be sure bedding and towels are only "gently used." (No used pillows, please.) You can also donate cookware, plates, cups, and cutlery. This collection begins on Feb. 1 and ends on Feb. 28. Please respect those dates.

For more information about ALIVE! go to



Bailey's Shelter

Bailey's has just been named a regional hypothermia center.  We need additional families to help with the cooking.  You may cook it in the comfort of your home and either deliver it to Beth El or the shelter.  Assistance is also needed to serve guests and residents cafeteria style in two dinner shifts (5:00 and 6:00 PM), the 2nd and fourth Sunday, December through March.  You are welcome to just prepare a dish, serve to do both for one or both shifts. Please contact Julie Mueller at [email protected].


Providing Safety & Independence

Beth El House

Beth El House enables formerly homeless families to work toward self-sufficiency and confidence.


Upcoming Events

Evening With Friends

Evening with Friends has become a Beth El annual tradition. This year there are TWO weekends to either host or attend or both! As a host, you entertain 6 or more guests choosing your own menu. As a guest, you enjoy food and friends while supporting Beth El. Please let Matt Mutterperl ([email protected] or 703-339-9755) know if you are interested in hosting either May 7 or May 14.


Hamantaschen Baking

Beginning January 10


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Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month

February 2016

Each February, North American Jewish communities come together to raise awareness and promote meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in all aspects of Jewish life. Please join us on Friday, February 19 for Soul Shabbat Services that will highlight disability awareness and inclusion. The service will be student led by Beth El's 4th Grade religious school students. It promises to be inspirational.

Get more information and a full listing of events during Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month on the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington website.

Beth El's Interfaith Dinner

February 9 at 6:30 PM

Beth El Hebrew Congregation and Fairlington United Methodist Church will hold their 58th Annual Interfaith Dinner at Beth El on February 9 at 6:30 PM. The guest speaker, Sister Maureen Fiedler, PhD hosts NPR’s Interfaith Voices which airs on WAMU-FM on Sundays at 4:00 PM. Ms. Fiedler is best known for her activism to advance social justice. Reserve your seat by emailing your RSVP to Ron Sturman, [email protected] and checks should be made payable to Beth El Brotherhood and mailed to Beth El by Feb. 5.


Oral Rehydration Therapy Project

Sunday, March 6 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Last year’s 20,000+ packets went to Sierra Leone. We are hoping to match that number this year, but we need your help! Volunteer an hour or a few hours to help with this simple task of filling the packets. Grab a friend and catch up over this great mitzvah project! Student service hours! Contact Bobbi Gershman with questions at 703-960-2921 or [email protected] .


There are activities, meetings, services and seminars at Beth El each week, ranging from service opportunities to Jewish learning and education, drawing members and guests from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

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