"A Place for Jewish Learning"
We 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.
You can also contact Religious School Office Manager Patrice Gotsch [email protected] , or call 703 370 6644.
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL REGISTRATION
Spaces are still open in all grades including Kindergarten. Download our Brochure to read about a world of Jewish learning that:
- Enhances a child's bond to Beth El, their Jewish friends, the Jewish community and Isreal.
- Increases a student's understanding of their Jewish identity via our history, culture, and Jewish values.
- Enhances a student's ability to understand their connection with God.
- Enhances a student's ability to find a sense of spirituality.
- Strengthens a student's understanding of the relevancy of Judaism to their everyday lives.
- Membership to Beth El is not required for Kindergarten through second grade.
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 registration form and submitting 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. Please note that tuition increases by $50 for registrations received after July 31st.
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.
Classes begin when students enter Kindergarten and continue through 10th grade. Many of our 11th and 12th grade students choose to continue their involvement in Religious School by serving as Madrichim (Teaching Assistants) in our classrooms.
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.
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.
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.
Prayer Practice Files:
Access recorded prayer sound files from Sound Cloud. (There may be a short delay as you are redirected.)
Religious School Hebrew Links
Second Grade Vocabulary
Third Grade Vocabulary
Fourth Grade Hebrew Notebook
For Beth El Educators
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