Beth Israel Congregation - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Religious School

Beth Israel Religious School

Beth Israel Religious School: Experience the Joy of Jewish Community

Beth Israel Religious School (BIRS) provides an exceptional educational program, which includes Hebrew reading and conversational skills, prayer, Bible, history, and values. At BIRS, we learn through doing: our calendar includes Friday Night Lights Shabbat services and dinners, Mitzvah Day, and holiday family celebrations.

Our youngest students attend the monthly Gan Katan preschool program with a parent. Elementary students have many special classes and activities, such as drama, art, music, library, and holiday events. Middle school students enjoy core Judaics and Hebrew courses and semester-long electives. The sixth grade Shabbaton, Shabbat Morning with the Rabbis, and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Series solidify the strong connections built with the congregation, as students become adult members of the community.

Eighth grade students engage in a multi-media curriculum to explore their Jewish identity throughout the year, culminating with preparing their own graduation ceremony. Transitioning to our Madrichim Program is an exciting and meaningful step forward as Beth Israel’s high school students embark on their own adult Jewish journeys. Students assist in elementary classrooms or volunteer together in the community, enjoy regular study sessions with our rabbis, and participate in Beth Israel’s Alternative Spring Break Trip.

We hope you will join us in 2015-2016, as we proudly celebrate Beth Israel Congregation’s 100th year!

Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Grades K-12
Wednesday 4:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Grades 2-7

For more information about Beth Israel Religious School, please contact Director of Education Cindy Saper at or (734) 769-2041

2015-2016 BIRS Calendar
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BIRS Registration Forms:
2015-2016 Registration Form
2015-2016 Payment Form
2015-2016 Field Trip Permission Form-Final
2015-2016 Health Information Form-Final