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 and conversational skills, prayer, Bible, history, and values. At BIRS, we learn through doing: our calendar includes K-8 Family Mitzvah Day, holiday family celebrations, services, and dinners.

Our youngest students attend the monthly Gan Katan preschool program with a parent. Elementary students have many special activities, such as drama, art, music, library, and holiday events. Middle school students enjoy core courses, cultural experience and guest speakers. The sixth grade Shabbaton, Shabbat Morning with the Rabbis, and the Jewish Journey family events solidify the strong connections built with the congregation, as students become adult members of the community. Seventh grade students meet in small groups with clergy 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. 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.

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

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

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

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