Religious School


Dear Parents, 

We are making an effort to streamline the Religious School registration and make the process easier for everyone.  Please read the following policies and then click on the link for the appropriate form.    

  1. Re-enrolling will not involve filling out the full registration form AGAIN (we do listen to your concerns).  Instead, it will entail reviewing the information we have on file from last year, and checking boxes on the reenrollment form to let us know that the information is current (or letting us know of any changes).   Please click the Returning Student Re-enrollment form for 2016 to register a RETURNING student.  This will be an on-line submission.
  2. Your registration will not be complete until the entire re-enrollment form has been returned.  The form contains a check list confirming current information, volunteer choices, permission/releases and tuition/payment information.  The Early Bird discount and late fees will be applied in relation to our receipt of all of these pages.
  3. Any child new to the school (regardless of whether or not an older sibling is a student) will need to register on-line through the new student registration form.  Please click the New Student Registration form for 2016 to register a NEW student.  This will be an on-line submission.
  4. If you are registering a third child, please click the Third Child form.  Please fill out and return to the CBI office.
We sincerely hope these changes make annual school registration easier for you. We look forward to learning with you and your child again in the fall. 

Louise Riddell-Kaufman
Director of Education

 Religious School Scholarship                         

Congregation Beth Israel strongly supports the value of educating every Jewish child in the area, regardless of financial ability. Students are never denied entrance to religious school programs and services due to financial circumstances. Although tuition is necessary to meet our expenses, it should not be an educational barrier. We understand that tuition fees may be difficult for some families to pay. We want to work with you to ensure that both of our financial needs are addressed. There is a scholarship fund to support those who need assistance. We ask that those who receive a scholarship volunteer beyond the required single event in either the school or the synagogue in general (hosting an Oneg Shabbat is always welcome). Those who are able, are encouraged to donate to the scholarship fund to support communally educating all of our children. Click here for the scholarship application form.   (There is also a college scholarship form;  please see Learning > College.)



For more about our religious school curriculum, click here.


For more about our Hebrew school curriculum, click here.


Check the tab for Learning > Summer Programs and Camps for information about these programs, including Campership applications.



Check the tab for Learning > SABABA-Teen Programs for great information on teen activities.


Letter from our Educator   


Dear Parents,

     As we approach the fall and the upcoming school year, I would like to welcome all new and returning families to our school.  I look forward to working with you and our faculty to educate our children.  Our teachers, madrichim (aides), and specialists together form a very strong and capable team.  We consider it a privilege to help our youth become knowledgeable, dedicated Jews who will keep our heritage alive.

     Below is a description of the educational opportunities available for the children of Congregation Beth Israel.  Our curriculum is based on principles of Understanding by Design and Project Based Learning.   Each grade level focuses on a single topic each semester which they explore through engaging in a group project during the term.  Our faculty strives to bring a sense of commitment and love of Judaism along with conveying specific information as they teach our youth each week.

     We strongly encourage you to take an active role in your children's Jewish education.  Volunteering in the school, discussing the week's lessons, helping your students to arrive prepared for class (homework completed, materials in hand), observing Shabbat and other holidays in your home, and reading and discussing Jewish literature are some of the many ways to participate in your children's learning process.  Attending services as a family on a regular basis will enrich your family as well as support the underlying spiritual message of our school.   The school has short T’fillah (prayer) services each day we meet.  I encourage you to attend with your student(s).  In addition we will be offering adult education opportunities every Saturday morning, as well as some weekday evenings.  Attending these programs gives you an opportunity to increase your own knowledge while showing your children that Jewish learning is a lifetime endeavor.

     Raising Jewish children who will choose to be Jewish adults is a joint venture between the home and the school.  Many parents do not have their own childhood Jewish memories to pass on to their children.  If you need support in bringing Judaism into your home it is our pleasure to assist you.  Educating a child includes the family. 

     It is our continued challenge to enable our young people to take the highest ideals of Judaism from the classroom out into the world.  Together we will work to achieve this lofty goal.

     I look forward to greeting you and your family as we begin our school year.  Please feel free to contact me with any ideas, questions or concerns at 624-2015, ext. 12 or   


Louise Riddell-Kaufman, Educator