Jewish Religious School from Toddlers to Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training
Temple Beth Hillel invites all children and their families to join our Sunday School, Beit Midrash Hillel. We take seriously the command to “Teach your children diligently”, with a sense of wonder, art and happy celebration of our holidays, festivals and culture.
Temple Beth Hillel allows my children to develop a strong Jewish identity, learn about their heritage, and establish friendships in the Jewish community. I am able to participate with the local Jewish community and contribute to the greater Richmond area as a whole.
— Anna S
First Day of Class Sunday, August 20, 2017
The curriculum has been designed to promote continuity year after year, and to keep the kids in touch with various aspects of their Jewish identity.
Mazel Tots: A free class for children ages 2 1/2-4 introducing Jewish holidays and Biblical stories. Learn more
Kindergarten through Third Grade: Continuing instruction in understanding concepts of Judaism and fundamental Hebrew.
Sunday school is awesome! We get to learn Hebrew! We get to make cookies and challah. We know the prayers and can lead the service. I like snack!
— Sam, age 7
B’nai Mitzvah Class, Fourth through Seventh Grade: Religious instruction and training for Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Post B’nai Mitzvah Class, 8th Grade and Beyond: A new class focusing on developing and embracing Jewish
identity in today’s world through our heritage, culture and community involvement.
Temple Beth Hillel also operates a Mid-Week Hebrew School for children beginning in the Grade 3-4 year and culminating in their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Hebrew instruction takes place on Tuesdays, timing depending on grade level. Participation in Hebrew training, a must for Bar or Bat Mitzvah, is not required for general enrollment at Beit Midrash Hillel.
High School, Eighth through Twelfth Grade: Our high school program is Midrasha in Berkeley, which serves students throughout the community and meets on Sunday mornings at Congregation Beth-El. The program includes core courses supplemented by retreats and a large number of elective courses. It provides students with the skills and knowledge they will need as committed Jewish adults and offers a larger social group for Jewish teenagers than exists at any one synagogue and the opportunity to form lasting friendships. Orientation is August 30th. Learn more about Midrasha
Interested in checking out Beit Midrash Hillel? Feel free to join us any Sunday that school is in session (view calendar for dates and times). You and your child(ren) are welcome to come to t’filah and stay for class. Just check-in with the office to let us know.