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New This Year: Introducing Gesher - Experiential Jewish Education

Learn more about our new active and engaging program that feels like summer camp all year round. Read more.

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Mission

Our children’s education program links Jewish life and learning, builds Jewish identity, and instills a sense of curiosity in Jewish traditions and social justice. Our kids learn how to think critically and creatively while connecting with the past and finding meaning in their world.

Overview

In 1995 a small group of parents created Bet Sefer. In the first year, five kindergarten students gathered for a 12-week program in parents' homes. This year we are piloting Gesher in an attempt to respond to the needs of our kids during the pandemic. Currently, about 35 students are enrolled in the program. Our Bnei Mitzvah program, teacher's assistant training program, and youth activities provide meaningful engagement for our teens. We also have a monthly Kesher program for 2-4 year olds.

Our Teachers

We hire teachers who are committed to our community and our children. Several of our teachers over the years have grown up at Shaarei Shamayim and have returned to teach in our community. Listen to these videos of songs we sing at Bet Sefer made by former teachers, Marian Herzog and Maya Webne-Behrman.

Hebrew Tutoring Program

Shaarei Shamayim uses a unique method for Hebrew learning. Each student beginning in third grade works one-on-one with a Hebrew tutor for half an hour a week. Students learn how to read Hebrew, chant Hebrew prayers, and speak some modern Hebrew. This takes place on Sunday mornings before or after class or during the week. This program has been extremely effective in preparing students for bnei mitzvah, and students really enjoy the time they spend with their tutors.

Resources

Tutoring Objectives
Sfatai Tiftach Progress Chart

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