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Class Schedule:

Sundays
9 am -12 pm
grades K-12

Wednesdays
4:15 pm-6:15 pm
grades 2-7

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                      Welcome to Beth-El Religious School.

     What is the goal of Religious School Education? In short, we educate our young people in our texts and traditions to ensure a lively Jewish future for our people. The V'ahavta commands us: “V’shinan’tam L’vanekha, You shall teach them diligently to your children.” It is not enough, however, to simply impart text and tradition without make meaning, context and connection to the world in which we live. A successful Jewish education must inspire, excite, challenge and delight the hearts and minds of our students. It must be relevant and authentic. We strive to make Judaism the lens through which each student can navigate through life and grow to be an engaged Jewish adult.

        With approximately 100 students, our school is both large enough to be lively and small enough for a personal, and meaningful education! Our innovative and child centered approach to Jewish learning provides a dynamic environment where Jewish education is joyous, fun, inspiring and spiritual. Our learning takes place inside our school building, our synagogue and our greater community. Traditional classroom learning is balanced with experiential learning, using music, art, nature, literature, and project based learning in order to deepen students’ understanding of our Jewish traditions, values and practices.

      We invite you and your child to take a fulfilling Jewish journey and discover learning that begins in this building and expands outward into your homes, our community and the world beyond. We will also journey within ourselves as we delve into the heart of what it means to center our lives around strong Jewish Values.

Our Religious Education Program consists of several components:

  •  Sunday and Wednesday classes include a skill level Hebrew program for students in grades 2-7 and grade level Judaics for all students. Individualized instruction in our skill level Hebrew program allows students to learn at their own level and move fluidly through the program.
  • Creative electives are integrated into our Judaics program. Students participate in authentic and meaningful hands-on projects that support the understanding of our holidays, rituals and culture.
  •  Field trips provide opportunities for students and parents to encounter Judaism in action around us.
  •  Service participation encourages students to be comfortable on the bima, feel at home in the sanctuary and to prepare for their B’nai Mitzvah celebrations.
  •  Family participation at life cycle events, such as Consecration, Confirmation, holiday events and learning with the Rabbi and Cantor.
  •  Collecting tzedakah, performing Mitzvot and Tikkun Olam prepares our students to be good citizens of our world.

In order to strengthen B’nai Mitzvah preparation, Conservative Jewish practice and Service familiarity, we are making the following changes for the coming year:

  •  Optional Wednesday Hebrew for 2nd graders ·
  • Integrating Jewish Life Cycle, Modern Israel and Jewish ritual electives in the upper elementary Judaics classes (Year Two roll out of new Curriculum Benchmarks developed during the summer of ’18)
  •  Wednesday class structure: students will rotate in skill level groups through 3 periods with teachers and the Cantor for intensive focus on Hebrew decoding/reading, Prayer fluency, Trope/T'filah/B’nai Mitzvah prep to allow for more comprehensive Hebrew instruction.
  •  Seventh grade curriculum will include B’nai Mitzvah prep during some Sunday/Wednesday class time
  • KOACH Class will meet primarily at the Beth-El school building with our teen teacher. They will meet 3-4 times over the year with Or Atid students for both class and social programming. Class time changes to 10am – 12pm to allow students in Madrichim program have more time in class.

I warmly welcome you to our 2019-2020 academic school year. One of our sages once said that “Education without vision is like a present without future.” Our children are our future and it is our goal to guide them with vision as they learn and grow. L’shalom v’Limmud

Ramona L. Brand, Director of Youth Learning

​Email the Director at r.brand@bethelrichmond.org
601 N. Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23229
804-740-0820

                                                           2019-20 Tuition:


Pre-K (meets 2 Sundays per month 9 am - Noon)
$250 Members, $275 Non-Members

K- 2nd grade (meets every Sunday 9am - Noon)
$495 Members, $550 Non-Members

2nd Grade   (meets every Wednesday 4:15 - 6:15pm & every Sunday 9am - noon) 
$737 (members only)

Grades 3 - 7 (meets every Wednesday 4:15 - 6:15pm & every Sunday 9am - noon) 
$737 (members only)

Beth-El Teens: Grades 8-10 (meets 2 Sundays per month)
$250 Members, $275 Non-members

We asked our students important questions about Judaism. This is what they said.

              Thanks for another fantastic year!

                                                                           

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