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Jewish Learning Project

This year we are unable to run our traditional children's education program so we have created the Jewish Learning Project. We are excited to share this new opportunity with you during a time that we can't meet in person. Our new program is flexible and engaging and offers many creative ideas for Jewish learning. To read about our Bet Sefer program that we have been running for many years, please read below.


Our children’s education program, Bet Sefer, 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.


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. Currently, about 40 students are enrolled in the school, which offers Sunday morning classes, Hebrew tutoring, children's Shabbat services, and holiday programming. 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!

Sunday Morning Program
Our students, ages 4 through 13, all attend Sunday mornings. Rabbi Laurie leads an assembly for students and their parents. Our classes focus on Jewish holidays, prayer, texts, God and spirituality, life cycle, history, rituals, culture, ethics, Judaism and social justice, and current issues including Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

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.

Important Documents and Resources

Online learning during this time of social distancing
Tutoring Objectives
Sfatai Tiftach Progress Chart

Fri, May 14 2021 3 Sivan 5781