Religious School

Rabbi David Spinrad’s Installation Shabbat Dinner

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"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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

 

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.


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 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.


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 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.

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.

Prayer Practice Files:

 

Access recorded prayer sound files from Sound Cloud. (There may be a short delay as you are redirected.)

ADONAI S'FATAI TIFTACH
G'VUROT
AVOT
HAMOTZI
BARCHU
MA'ARIV ARAVIM
BLESSING BEFORE
TORAH READING
SHABBAT CANDLE LIGHTING              
BLESSING AFTER
TORAH READING
SHEHECHEYANU
BLESSING BEFORE
HAFTORAH READING
TALLIT BLESSING
BLESSING AFTER
HAFTORAH READING
V'AHAVTA
CHATZI KADDISH
(SHABBAT EVENING)
YOTZEIR OR
 

You can also practice using our YouTube Channel!

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Religious School Hebrew Links

 

Kindergarten Vocabulary

First Grade Vocabulary

Second Grade Vocabulary
Text - Contact Teacher

Third Grade Vocabulary
Text - Contact Teacher

Fourth Grade Hebrew Notebook
Text - Contact Teacher

Fifth Grade Hebrew Notebook

Sixth Grade Hebrew Notebook

 

 

 

For Beth El Educators

 
bookshelf with books and judaica
Click on Resources, including:

Student Led Service Templates

Transliterated Textbooks

Report Card Templates

 

 

 

 

 

Did You Know...?

We Are Hiring

As we approach our 160th year, Beth El is seizing an opportunity to launch a sustainable, successful, sophisticated system of communications and congregational relations which elevates the member experience.

 Are you a collaborative team player? Do you have a disciplined work ethic, detail-oriented professional skills, excellent communication abilities – both written and verbal, and proficiency with Microsoft Office, social media, basic graphic design, and databases? Are you known for your keen emotional intelligence and a sense of humor? Do you feel the desire to be a part of something special? If so, you may be the right person for Beth El’s newly created position of Communications and Congregational Relations Coordinator.

 A successful candidate for this role will have an affinity for community, communication, and connection. They will undertake a unique opportunity: creating, integrating, and sustaining a structure which reflects Beth El’s voice, and interacting meaningfully with our constituency by overseeing vital aspects of congregational life. 

Salary will be commensurate with experience for this full-time position (requiring 38 hours per week).
If you believe you’re the right fit for this role, please send us your resume and a cover letter explaining your background, why you believe you are the ideal candidate for the position, and your salary expectations to Beth El’s executive director, Adam Wallach: [email protected].

Click here for the full job description

 

Let's share our stories and thoughts on Facebook!

 

“Through sharing we all find a common ground, inspiration, hope, meaning, and, ultimately, action.”

https://www.facebook.com/BethElHebrew

 

Beth El is raising funds for a new playground?

Beth El is getting a new playground!  If you would like to donate towards this very worthy project, simply send your donations to Beth El Hebrew Congregation and notate "Playground."  If you donate on line, the playground fund is first on the list!

 

Lifelong Learning

Wednesdays during the school year
@ 7:00 PM
See calendar for exact dates and subjects

 

ALIVE!

For more information about ALIVE! go to alive-inc.org.

Upcoming Events

                                                            November 16, 2018, 6:30PM

                                                                              Community Shabbat Dinner

                                                                                                                             

       November 22th & 23th

       BUILDING CLOSED

 

Please sign up for Ushering at Beth El for Friday Night Services 

This is a great opportunity to see and meet fellow congregants.Please use the link below to sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4bafab22a57-ushering1 

 

Important Shabbat Updates!   

* Beginning on September 7th, Shabbat services start

at 7:30 PM  

                                            


 

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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