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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 Special?


Events and services at Beth El are open to people of all ages, races, and abilities, Jewish or inter-married, individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and those with disabilities.  We make a conscious effort to ensure that each and every one can find a home here.



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



Beth El House

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


Coming up at Beth El

WRJ Hanukah Boutique

November 22, 2015 
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Thanksgiving Service with Christ Episcopal Church

November 26 at Christ Church
10:30 AM


Songs in the Key of Light

A concert featuring Cantor Jason Kaufman
Eric Schnobrick and Lea Morris
December 5, 2015


The next dinner is December 11.  



There are over 1,000 activities, meetings, services and seminars at Beth El every year, ranging from service opportunities to Jewish learning and education, drawing members and guests from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

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