Beth Israel Congregation - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Our love of learning is a common thread that joins together the generations at Beth Israel. Young children in our religious school develop the knowledge, skills and commitment they need to lead full Jewish lives.
Beth Israel Religious School provides a comprehensive educational program, giving students a solid framework from which to explore what it means to live as a Jew today. Students develop Hebrew reading skills, siddur literacy, and familiarity with conversational Hebrew. They are engaged in learning Bible, history, and values. We offer many opportunities for experiential and family learning, such as our popular Friday Night Lights series of family oriented Kabbalat Shabbat services and Friday night dinners, and other holiday celebrations.
Our youngest students (ages 3 and 4, with a parent) are part of Gan Katan, which meets approximately one Sunday morning a month. Kindergarten and first grade students meet on Sunday mornings. Second through seventh grade students meet on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. Our middle school students have many special classes and activities, such as semester-long electives, a sixth grade Shabbaton and Shabbat morning program, family Shabbat dinners, and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Series.
We offer separate Hebrew immersion classes to Hebrew Day School graduates, or other middle school students with similar backgrounds. Our eighth grade students study from a curriculum called The Jewish Lens, and use photography skills to explore their Jewish identity and reflect on their education and experiences. Kadima and Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing both offer our middle school students additional opportunities for enrichment and fun.
Our high school students are excited to continue to participate in the school and the synagogue. Our Madrichim Program has two tracks: Students in the Educational Assistants Track work with our elementary students, and students in the Service Track spend most Sunday mornings volunteering in the community.
The high school students get together for regular study sessions with our rabbis. They may also join in many other synagogue and community activities, such as: taking Hebrew classes through Keshet Ann Arbor and participating in Beth Israel’s Alternative Spring Break Trip.
For more information about Beth Israel Religious School, please contact Director of Education Cindy Saper at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 769-2041