Bet Chaverim Religious School (BCRS)

Opened September 11, 2016

Location: Oakland Mills High School

Sundays, 9 AM - Noon

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  BCRS Philosophy


 “Call them not your children, call them your builders.” - Talmud

Bet Chaverim sees our youth as the architects, designers, and builders of the future. Empowering Jewish children with a deep understanding of and connection to Jewish values, texts, rituals, and culture sets them on the path to lifelong engagement in Jewish learning and living. Bet Chaverim means “House of Friends,” and as such, we aim to foster a true sense of friendship and community as we work on our future together with our children and families through our enriching, innovative religious school program.   

Bet Chaverim Religious School…

  • offers classes for children in grades Pre-K through 7.
  • is solidly rooted in the learning and practical application of Jewish values.
  • offers dynamic, engaging monthly family programming and service projects centered around Jewish values, culture, and tradition, as well as such themes as Shabbat, the Jewish holidays, and Israel.
  • emphasizes Hebrew fluency and comfort with religious services.
  • approaches religious school experiences through highly innovative, creative, project-based, deeply meaningful and relevant teaching and learning practices and experiences.

    Throughout the year, our students focus on the following sequence of core Jewish values:

  • Teshuvah - taking responsibility for your actions
  • 'Tzelem Elohim  - honoring the image of G-d in ourselves
  • Gevurah - using one's inner strength and outer strength
  • Achrayut - doing what you can to make the world a better place
  • Hakarat Hatov - seeking joy and being grateful
  • Koach Hadibbur  - understanding the power of words
  • Shalom - helping to create a more peaceful world

We begin each unit with a kick-off program, explore each value during the following weeks, incorporate holidays that tie into the value, and complete our learning about the value through a meaningful hands-on experience (e.g., field trip, service project, etc.) All grade levels focus on the same value, so children within families can discuss and share with each other. Kick-off and final events for each unit involve family programs, so parents and children can share the joy of experiencing Jewish learning together, as well as with our greater school community.

BCRS has partnered with, a pioneering online Jewish learning organization with creative and engaging material to help reinforce the values, as well as strengthen Hebrew and prayer. All BCRS students are given online accounts. K-2 use ShalomLearning primarily to help learn the Alef Bet and begin Hebrew reading fluency; students in grades 3-7  use ShalomLearning as an alternative to a traditional mid-week classroom meeting. Teachers provide links to weekly online interactive assignments that support and extend what was learned in the Sunday class, and students complete and send assignments back to the teacher during the week (including audio recordings, written responses to videos and other materials, and online Hebrew activities from Torah Aura publications). ShalomLearning affords our students not only the flexibility to participate in a mid-week religious school program at the time that is best for them, but also allows teachers to provide each student with completely individualized Hebrew instruction while enabling each child to fully engage with the learning materials through the responses that they share in writing and audio. This also affords parents the very unique opportunity to learn right alongside their children, if they wish.

Additionally, BCRS incorporates family and youth programming throughout the year. We encourage participation to help the students feel a part of our Jewish community.

Lastly, families living a distance from Conservative religious school programs, can consider joining our program to participate in the online learning components. Contact us directly for additional details.

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