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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.

 

 

 


RELIGIOUS SCHOOL REGISTRATION

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.

Prayer Practice Files:


Access recorded prayer sound files from Sound Cloud.
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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!

Youtube button

Religious School Hebrew Links


Kindergarten Vocabulary

First Grade Vocabulary

Second Grade Vocabulary
Text - Contact Teacher

Third Grade Vocabulary
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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 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?

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Our first communal dinner - A Taste of Rosh Hashanah - will be Friday, September 16. RSVP to the Beth El office

  

Beth El at Work

 

Giving

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

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

 

Providing Safety & Independence

Beth El House

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

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Upcoming Events

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Beginning July 1 through August 26

Erev Shabbat services are at 6:30 PM

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High Holiday Choir Rehearsals

August 23 at 7:00 PM

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Chapel in the Woods Cleanup

August 21 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Soul Shabbat

August 26 at 6:30 PM

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First Communal Dinner

A Taste of Rosh Hashanah

September 16 at 6:30 PM

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S'lichot Service with Adat Reyim at Beth El

September 24 beginning at 7:00 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.

the full calendar