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Yom Shishi, 9 Tammuz 5778

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 Beit Haverim, 1111 Country Club Rd Lake Oswego 97034

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

Religious School Dates 2017-18 

Sun 10 School begins
Fri   15 Family Shabbat 6-7 pm
Sun 17 Family High Holidays teaching/Yom Limmud
Wed 20 Erev Rosh Hashana
Thurs 21 Rosh Hashana/Children’s Service
Sun 24 School
Fri 29 Kol Nidre
Sat 30 Yom Kippur/Children’s Service
Sun 1 School: build the sukkah
Fri   6 Family night in the sukkah
Sun 8 School Sukkot
Fri 13 Simchat Torah
Sun 15 School
Sun 22 School
Sun 29 School
Sun 5 School
Fri 17 Tot Shabbat
Sun 19 School
Sun 3 School (Jewish Museum) 2pm
Sun 10 School
Wednesday 12/13 Federation MS Chanukah event, Neveh Shalom
Fri 15 Chanukah dinner
January 2018
Sun 7 School
Sun 14 MLK Day No School (but possible Day of Service)
Fri 19 Family Shabbat
Sun 21 School
Sun 28 School Tu B’Shevat Seder
Sat 3 David’s bar mitzvah
Sun 4 Super Bowl Sunday whole school project
Fri 9 Tot Shabbat
Sun 11 School
Sun 18 President's day, no school
Sun 25 School 
Sun 4 School Purim
Sat 10 Sarah’s bat mitzvah
Sun 11 School/Torah Tots
Fri 16 Tot Shabbat
Sun 18 School
Fri 30 Pesach
Sat 31 Pesach
Sun 1 Easter No School
Sun 8 School
Sun 15 School J Serve Good Deeds Day 
Fri 20 Family Shabbat/ amir's class leads services 7PM
Sun 22 School Yom Hatzmaut
Sun 29 School/ Torah Tots
Sun 6 School (community picnic beforhand... TBD)
Fri 18 Tot Shabbat
Sun 20 School Shavuot LAST DAY


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