Children's Education

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.

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. Currently, almost 50 students are enrolled in the school, which offers classes, Hebrew tutoring, children’s Shabbat services, and social programming for children ages four through 13. Our Bnei Mitzvah program, teacher’s assistant training program, and youth activities provide meaningful engagement for our teens.

Our Teachers

We hire teachers who are committed to our community and our children. Two of our teachers, Marian Herzog (current teacher) and Maya Webne-Behrman (past teacher), both grew up at Shaarei Shamayim. Check out these great videos that they made with songs we sing at Bet Sefer!

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Sunday Morning Program

Our students, ages kindergarten through seventh grade, all attend Sunday mornings. Rabbi Laurie leads an assembly for students and their parents. Our teachers’ assistants act out the Torah portion and lead singing. Following assembly, our students go to two different classes. One class focuses on Jewish traditions. Students study Jewish holidays, prayer, texts, God and spirituality, life cycle, history, rituals, culture, and Israel. The other class focuses on Jewish ethics and Jewish perspectives on social justice. It engages students with contemporary social issues, ethical dilemmas, and the practice of giving tzedakah.
 
 
 
 
Hebrew Tutoring Program

Shaarei Shamayim uses a unique method for Hebrew learning. Each student beginning in third grade receives a Hebrew tutor for half an hour a week, and they work one-on-one to learn how to read Hebrew and chant Hebrew prayers. This takes place on Sunday mornings before or after class or during the week. This program has been extremely effective, and it makes Hebrew learning fun. Coupled with our Sunday morning Judaica program, students receive individual attention from a tutor and also benefit from the strong communities that are formed in the classroom.