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Yom Rivii, 24 Av 5777

Meet our new religious school director: Batya Podos

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Batya has over thirty years experience as an educator, storyteller, writer and performer.  These are the wonderful skills she brings to her work with children, youth and families.  She is an ordained Maggid (a teacher and storyteller in the Jewish tradition) and has worked as teacher and administrator, for many Jewish organizations including: Shaarie Torah, Pnai Or, the Jewish Spiritual Education Program, and Abraham’s Tent, an interfaith summer day camp for Jewish, Christian and Muslim children.  As a writer she has a published novel for young people that was nominated for the Oregon Spirit Book Award, and is contributing writer to various Jewish publications.  We are excited and proud to have Batya leading our religious school this coming year.

Curriculum Overview

The goals of our education program for grades K-7 are the same as those for the entire congregation.  We seek to construct powerful educational experiences that enable our students to become:

  • Critical Readers
  • Social Justice Activists
  • Reflective Ritual Practitioners

 Our focus on the development of identities provides touchstones for making pragmatic, curricular choices; enables us to chart our personal development throughout our lives; encourages opportunities for experiential learning; and guides us in integrating the study of Judaism with the lives that we lead. 


Critical Readers

Historically, Jews have conveyed their past through the telling and reading of stories.  As a text-based religion, Jews perpetuate and renew Judaism through the act of reading and interpretation.  Guided by the ideology of Reform Judaism, we seek to enable students to be thoughtful and competent readers of Jewish texts whose lives will be deeply informed by the central stories of Judaism, particularly those contained in the Torah.  Through ongoing text study in Hebrew and English, we endeavor to instill in our students the capacity to make wise choices regarding their Jewish practice and to integrate Jewish values into the entirety of their lives.



We do not live in a Hebrew speaking environment and the structure of our program does not support the acquisition of spoken language skills.  However, becoming competent readers and interpreters of Biblical and liturgical Hebrew are very relevant educational goals for Reform Jews living in the United States.


Social Justice Activists

Judaism is another word for activism.  Reform Judaism embraces social justice as a key component of Jewish living in the modern world. There are many ways we understand and enact this pillar of Judaism in our religious school program.  We transmit to our students the values of tzedakah (righteous living), rachamim (compassion), and tikkun ha'olam (repair of the world), and facilitate opportunities for them to engage in this work.  Each grade's curriculum focuses on aspects of our responsibility for repairing our world in an age appropriate manner, often including and relying upon parent participation and support.


Reflective Ritual Practitioners

Through meaningful prayer experiences and an understanding of, and familiarity with, Jewish rituals of all types, we seek to instill our students with a sense of their spiritual selves and competency in prayer and ritual.  Our goals are for our students to utilize prayer and ritual as a way to center and nurture themselves; to connect to the larger Beit Haverim community; and to become engaged with an entire people bound together in covenant.


We can only achieve these goals in partnership with parents and continued family participation at Shabbat and holiday services. 


Religious School meets from 2:30 - 4:30 PM at Lake Oswego United Church of Christ.

Hebrew Classes for our students in 4th - 7th grades meet from 4:30 - 5:30 PM in same location.

Religious School Dates 2016-17

Date Event Additional info
9/11/2016 First Day of Class Welcoming Families, BBQ
9/18/2016 Sunday School Parent Meeting 3:30 pm
9/25/2016 Sunday School Yom Limmud, at PJA 1-5pm
10/2/2016 Erev Rosh Hashana 7-8 pm

Rosh Hashana Family Service 9-10am

10/9/2016 Sunday School
10/11/2016 Kol Nidre 7-8 pm

Yom Kippur Family Service 9-10 am


Sunday School

 Erev Sukkot
10/21/2016 Sukkot 7-8 pm
10/23/2016 Sunday School
10/25/2016 Simchat Torah 10-11 am
10/28/2016 Simchat Torah 7-8 pm
10/30/3016 Sunday School
11/4/2016 Fam. Shabbat Service & Potluck 5:30-6:30 pm
11/6/2016 Sunday School
11/11/2016 Tot Shabbat 6-7 pm
11/13/2016 Sunday School
11/20/2016 Sunday School
12/4/2016 Sunday School
12/11/2016 Sunday School Parent/Ed Committee Meeting

MS Channukah Event, at Neveh Shalom

12/16/2016 Channukah Event
1/8/2017 Sunday School
1/13/2017 Tot Shabbat 6-7 pm
1/16/2017 PJ Library Event, at MJCC
1/22/2017 Sunday School
1/29/2017 Sunday School
2/5/2017 Sunday School
2/10/2017 Fam. Shabbat Service & Potluck 5:30-6:30 pm
2/12/2017 Sunday School Tu B’Shevat Event

MS Tu B’Shevat Event, at Beth Israel

2/26/2017 Sunday School
3/5/2017 Sunday School

25th aniversary celebration religious school fund raiser

3/12/2017 Sunday School Purim carnival
3/19/2017 Sunday School Parent/Ed Committee Meeting

Day of Service: at Butterfly Project

4/9/2017 Sunday School
4/10/2017 Pesach 1st Seder
4/11/2017 Pesach Community Seder
4/14/2017 Tot Shabbat 6-7 pm
4/16/2017 Sunday School
4/23/2017 Sunday School
4/30/2017 Sunday School
5/5/2017 Shabbat Around the Table Potluck 6:00 - 7:00 pm
5/7/2017 Sunday School

Yom Haatzmaut Celebration

5/21/2017 Sunday School Last Day of School


Religious School Forms

Emergency Consent/Permission Slip
Photo Release 



Upcoming Events

08.18.2017 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Tot Shabbat
08.18.2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Berg & Ann Brown
08.22.2017 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Ladies' Night
08.25.2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Berg & Ann Brown