Beth El Congregation
Berman-Lipavsky Religious School
The Berman-Lipavsky Religious School offers a multi-sensory and engaging Jewish education for students as young as four years old, and continues through middle school and high school. While one milestone of Jewish education is becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, our Religious School is committed to providing the tools one needs to grow into Jewish adulthood. If you would like more information on the Berman-Lipavsky Religious School please contact Fran Davis at 410-484-4543 or [email protected].
4’s, Kindergarten, 1st grade
Our youngest students meet once a week on Sundays with enthusiastic and caring teachers, who create a magical learning experience for our youngest learners. Our students are exposed to Hebrew language through games, songs, and movement. They study the Jewish holidays throughout the year, and become comfortable in the synagogue. Each week they participate in a lower school minyan, where they become familiar with daily prayers and have the opportunity to engage in Jewish theology in an age appropriate setting. Our first graders are also exposed to the Hebrew letters and at the end of the year they have pre-reading skills.
2nd grade – 6th grade
Beginning in 2nd grade, students attend religious school twice a week: Sunday morning and either Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon. Our primary school students engage in a spiral curriculum that covers, Hebrew reading, prayer skills, Bible, Jewish Holidays, Jewish Culture, and Jewish History. Our students become proficient Hebrew readers, and are able to participate in Shabbat services. Students have the opportunity to engage with technology through our SMART Board and ipads access. We also have the honor of welcoming the Shinshinim, Israel emissaries, who spend the year educating in the Baltimore community to our school to work with students on a regular basis.
Hebrew Track Options (3rd – 5th grades) Starting in 3rd grade, families have the opportunity to choose a Siddur Skills or Hebrew Language Skills track for their children. Utilizing a new Hebrew curriculum, Hebrew in Harmony, the siddur track focuses on understanding the meaning of prayers and reading fluency as well as the choreography of prayer in a service. The Hebrew Language track allows students to learn Modern Hebrew as a living language through games, activities, technology and more. Empowering our families to choose a specific track allows us to meet the needs of our diverse community. Both tracks equally prepare students for Bar/Bat Mitzvah while allowing them to choose a course of study geared to their interests. For students in the Hebrew Language track, there is an optional enrichment opportunity to add an hour and half of Hebrew language instruction each week.
7th grade Lapid Learners
7th grade is an intense year for both secular and Jewish students. Students are juggling their everyday course work, religious school, extra-curriculars, and b’nai mitzvah studies.
The all new Lapid Learners is a twice a month opportunity for 7th grade students to engage informally with the clergy at Beth El. Through a Jewish values lens, students will have meaningful conversations about current events, explore relevant topics related to preteens and discuss students’ assigned Torah portions. Our goal is to create a community of learners who will connect their Jewish values to their lives beyond the b’nai mitzvah experience.
Achshav: Leadership Now is a join post B’nai Mitzvah program with Chizuk Amuno Congregation. 8th, 9th, and 10th graders meet on Tuesday nights an explore leadership through a Jewish lens. Through media, social action projects, Jewish texts, and opportunities to meet with community leaders, our 8th and 9th graders develop leadership skills that will stay with them throughout their lives. In December of the 9th or 10th grade year (trip will be planned for every other year), participants in Achshav are invited to join us on a subsidized Leadership Mission to Israel, where they will have the chance not only to discover an amazing country but explore Israeli leadership styles as well.
10th – 12th: The Rabbinic Schmooze
The Rabbinic Schmooze class meets monthly on Monday evenings for dinner and discussion with their Rabbis. Rabbi Steven Schwartz and Rabbi Dana Saroken meet with our high schoolers from 7:00-8:30 pm. A discussion-based curriculum ranging from the arts to politics and history, all to explore Jewish ethics and values & its relevancy to Jewish teens, their lives and their decisions. Our teens will have time to examine Jewish ideas in depth and to explore the topics that are relevant and meaningful to their lives.
Y’rushalim – Students who have Special Needs
We are committed to providing a Jewish education for every Jewish child. We have Individual Educational Plans, and teachers who have years of experience to specifically support students with dyslexia and other language based learning differences. If you have a child who needs extra help or a different type of Jewish educational setting, please be in touch. We will partner with you to make his/her experience meaningful and appropriate.