Beth Israel Congregation - Ann Arbor, Michigan

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 skills, learning prayers, studying Torah stories, Jewish history, and Middot/values. At BIRS, we learn through doing: our calendar includes K-8 Family Mitzvah Day, holiday family celebrations, services, and dinners. Our mission is to foster joyful, proud, Jewishly-knowledgeable kids.

Our 3-4 year old students attend the monthly Gan Katan preschool program with a parent. Elementary students learn Torah stories, encounter Jewish life-cycle events, sing tfillot (prayers) and songs, study about Middot (Jewish values), Israeli history and geography, celebrate holidays, and create meaningful Jewish friendships. Middle school students enjoy core courses, prepare for their bar/bat mitzvah journey, and begin to engage with deeper issues as students become adult members of the community. Seventh grade students meet in small groups for an innovative havurah experience. Eighth grade students engage in a multi-media curriculum to explore their Jewish identity throughout the year, culminating with preparing their own graduation ceremony.

High school students have multiple options for engagement: they can participate in monthly youth group style events, learn a variety of elective topics in 2-3 session-length mini-mesters, or participate in volunteer opportunities as a group. High school students also may participate in Beth Israel’s Alternative Spring Break Trip.

Wednesday 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Grades 2-7
Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Grades K-8
High School: Sunday evenings 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

For more information about Beth Israel Religious School, please contact Mira Sussman at or (734) 769-2041

BIRS Curriculum
Gan-Alef Curriculum Overview 2018-2019
Kitah Bet and Gimel Curriculum Overview 2018-2019
4th 5th Curriculum Overview 2018-2019
6th Grade Curriculum Overview 2018-2019
7th Grade Curriculum Overview 2018-2019

BIRS K – 8 Registration Forms
BIRS K – 8th Grade Registration Forms 2018-2019

High School Registration Forms
2018-2019 High School Program Application Form