Religious School Administrator: Heather Kirkbride
Jewish Education for Jews by birth, Jews by choice, and Jews at heart -
Beit Haverim's Religious School provides a quality, Jewish religious education/experience from Preschool through confirmation thus providing a building block in the spiritual and moral foundation upon which students build fulfilling lives for themselves, practice life-long Jewish learning, and sustain Jewish traditions in years to come. Students will gain basic knowledge of the bible stories, the weekly parsha, Jewish music, dance, art and Israel programming.
At Beit Haverim we view Judaism as a way of life and encourage families to attend services at Beit Haverim and practice meaningful Jewish traditions at home as a way of holistically educating children in our tradition.
Primary Classes K-1: There are beginning lessons on basic Hebrew letter recognition and mitzvot and holiday study using the "Jewish and me" and Aleph Curriculum. Curriculum includes Jewish values and ethics; Torah, prayer, and worship; Jewish customs, life cycle events, and holidays; Jewish history and literature; tzedakah and social action; and current events. Lessons are presented using age-appropriate hands-on activities, arts and crafts, games, drama, stories, and team projects.
Primary Classes 2-3: Continue work on letters and building words using letters and vowels. Study the weekly parsha using "my weekly Sidra". Study of Jewish values and ethics; Torah, prayer, and worship; Jewish customs, life cycle events, and holidays; Jewish history and literature; tzedakah and social action; and current events. Lessons are presented using age-appropriate hands-on activities, arts and crafts, games, drama, stories, and team projects.
Primary Classes 4-5: Work up to reading prayers for fluency and work on understanding some of the meaning behind the prayers. Continue to study Torah, but using the text "Experiencing Torah."
Intermediate Classes (6th and 7th): These two grades address the needs of our 11- to 13- year-old students. Hebrew studies continue as well as studying the prophets and their imperative to do social Justice. Study is designed to support the development of a strong Jewish identity, to extend students' learning of Jewish tradition, Jewish law and history; to help them think critically about Jewish issues and dilemmas; and to strengthen their Jewish peers and the wider Jewish community. This class expands upon our primary curriculum, with enhanced intellectual content and more mature activities for their age group.
Hebrew: Hebrew taught using the Shalom U'vracha primer for beginning students, and the Hineini Hebrew through Prayer series for the intermediate to advanced Hebrew students. Students will work at their own pace within the group setting, providing all the tools for prayer reading success!
Teaching the basics like aleph/bet and Hebrew numbers is one of the many goals the children will be learning.
teaches 2nd and 3rd grade and has been teaching our religious school children since 2007. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Simon's Rock College and a master's degree in education with a focus on curriculum development from Portland State University. Kim has taught in the Canby School District since 2001 in elementary education (grades 1, 2, and 3) as well serving as the district's technology instructor from Spring 2008 to Spring 2009. Before joining Beit Haverim/SMJC in 2006, Kim taught 7th & 8th grade religious school for Congregation Kol Ami in Vancouver, WA.
Rob Hershinow teaches 4th, 5th
Religious School meets from 2:30 - 4:30.
Hebrew Classes for our students in 4th - 7th grades meet from 4:30 - 5:30.
Religious School Dates 2014-15
September 7(opening),14, 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 23
December 7, 14
January 11, 18, 25
February 1(Special Event), 8, 22
March 1, 8, 15
April 5, 12, 19, 26
May 3 (last day/Spaghetti Bingo)