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Bet Chaverim Religious School (BCRS)

First Day of Class: September 11, 2022

Location: Bet Chaverim Congregation

8930 Old Annapolis Road, Suite C

Columbia MD

Sundays, 9 AM - Noon

For additional information, contact: betchaverimreligiousschool@gmail.com 

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Read about the Bet Chaverim Religious School in the Baltimore Jewish Times.  Click here!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open.

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  BCRS Philosophy

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

 

Bet Chaverim Religious School is dedicated to creating lifelong Jewish learners. We don't read about Judaism, we practice Judaism. 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 Religious School…

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

We gather on Sunday mornings and begin with a student-led Shacharit service. Our students learn to navigate the siddur and stand in front of their peers with confidence. Perhaps most important though, is that our students know the meaning behind the prayers, why we pray, for what we are asking God, and what part of the ancient choreography still remains today. 

After an enthusiastic davening, we break into mixed-age groups to learn and practice Hebrew reading. Our goal for our students is not just to be able to follow along in a siddur, but to read the prayers and appreciate their meaning.  

Vibrant, immersive Jewish education lasts a lifetime. It goes beyond simple Hebrew reading and preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Judaism does not just take place in books, get talked about in the past tense or become a weekly chore causing a child to skip out on something "more fun." Jewish education is a part of who we are.

We do not learn about holidays at Bet Chaveirm—we celebrate holidays. We go apple picking, decorate our sukkah, participate in Shabbat and holiday services, start Pesach with a chocolate seder and so much more. Textbooks are minimal, as experiences are valued.  

A key component to Bet Chaverim Religious School is that we learn together with our families. Throughout the year, parents, siblings, grandparents and special adult friends are invited to join us for hands-on activities, a sukkot hike or a challenging game of Roman and Rabbis for Lag B'omer.   

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

  • Teshuvah - taking responsibility for your actions
  • B'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 welcome you to join us in our learning community. Arrangements to visit are always available and we continue to follow COVID-precautions. Join us where religious school is not a "chore," but an investment in Jewish living for tomorrow!

 Education Director Rabbi Faith Cantor [b1] 

Rabbi Faith Cantor joined the Bet Chaverim family in 2018 as Education Director and Principal of the Religious School.  She introduced a highly experiential curriculum across all grades that brings summer camp-style learning into the classroom, with an emphasis on hands-on activity and fun. 

Previously, Rabbi Cantor served as the Rabbi Educator at Baltimore’s Beth El Hebrew Congregation.  She also has been an educational consultant for parents of children with developmental needs and was appointed to the Maryland State Council Child Abuse and Neglect. 

A native of Anaheim, California, Rabbi Cantor was active as both a student and counselor in Camp Ramah, where she developed her experiential, non-textbook approach to Jewish learning.  She was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City where she also earned her Master’s Degree in Education.  Click here [b2] for the Baltimore Jewish Times article about Rabbi Cantor’s appointment as Education Director.

Eligibility

While Grade 2 is open to the entire community, Bet Chaverim requires families of all students in Grades 3 - 7 to become members of the congregation.

Tuition

.All program and supply costs are included in the tuition. Field trips may be an additional cost. Bet Chaverim Religious School tuition per student:
  • Grades K - 2 : $1125 (Member) & $1425 (Non-Member)
  • Grades 3 - 7*: $1290 (Member). Bet Chaverim requires that families of all students in Grades 3 - 7 are synagogue members.

Register for BCRS at BCRS Registration Page

Bet Chaverim offers financial assistance if needed. Please contact the Bet Chaverim Youth and Education Committee Chairperson at BetChaverimReligiousSchool@gmail.com


 

BCRS Resources

  • Will be forthcoming
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