Beth Israel Congregation - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Religious School

Beth Israel Religious School: Experience the Joy of Jewish Community

Our Philosophy

It can seem like there is a lot to know in order to be a Jew; Judaism is a religion, a people, and a shared set of cultural touchstones. Feeling a sense of ownership of one’s Jewish identity begins by finding meaning, purpose, and joy within these paths to Jewish identity.

BIRS aims to guide students so they can have the skills necessary to understand and participate in religious observances and rituals; provide ample opportunities to build a joyful community; and explore and connect with Jewish cultures.

Our goal is to enable students to connect with the world through their own Jewish lens. At BIRS, students will study Jewish texts and traditions for relevance and meaning, learn to understand and lead holiday rituals, read (decode) Hebrew, and actively and meaningfully participate in religious services.

Our 3-5 year old students attend the monthly Gan Katan preschool program with a parent. Elementary-school students learn Torah stories, encounter Jewish life-cycle events, participate in tefillot (prayers) services, learn songs, study about Middot (Jewish values), celebrate holidays, and create meaningful Jewish friendships.

Our middle school students study conversational/advanced Hebrew, tefillot (prayers) with the goal of participating in or leading a Saturday morning service, enjoy core courses, prepare for their bar/bat mitzvah journey, participate in chugim (electives) on a wide variety of topics, and begin to engage with deeper issues as students become adult members of the community.

At BIRS, we learn through doing: our calendar includes Family Mitzvah Day, holiday family celebrations, services, and dinners. Our mission is to foster joyful, proud, Jewishly-knowledgeable kids.

Sundays: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 2nd – 5th Grade – 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: Middle School: 4:15 – 5:45 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
Registration welcome letter 2019-2020
BIRS Registration form 2019-2020
BIRS Payment Form 2019-2020
BIRS Health Info Form 2019-2020
BIRS Field Trip Permission Form 2019-2020
BIRS Code of Conduct