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Beth Israel Congregation


Hebrew School

One of the most important elements of our congregation is our Beth Israel Religious School.

The goal of our religious school (grades kindergarten to sixth) is to provide a meaningful, lasting Jewish education to children and their families. Central to meeting that goal are both a compassionate, experienced faculty and a flexible curriculum designed to accommodate students from varying backgrounds.

We believe a Jewish religious education should provide a positive learning environment that will leave students with a basic body of Jewish learning and proud of their Jewish heritage. Our school combines experiential learning about the basic prayer service, Hebrew language instruction, and units about Jewish life, history, and ethics.

Woven into our school's collective consciousness are important Jewish values of tikun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (righteousness), ahavat Yisrael (love of the land and people Israel) and avodat Hashem (service to G-d).

The school meets at the Minnie Brown Center, 906 Washington Street in Bath on Thursday afternoons from 4:00 to 6:00 pm during the school year.

We also hold a Tot Shabbat monthly on (mostly) the first Saturday of the month for children aged 2 to 4 which emphasizes Jewish songs, games, and craft activities appropriate for preschoolers. Check the home page for the exact dates of the Tot Shabbat program.

Seventh grade is usually spent preparing for Bat/Bar Mitzvah. After Bat/Bar Mitzvah we can pair students with students and teachers at other synagogues around the state for some additional learning opportunities.

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We gratefully acknowledge that the Beth Israel Congregation Hebrew School is financially supported by the Jewish Community Alliance (JCA) of Southern Maine's Annual Campaign. For more information about the JCA go to their website ( or call them at (207) 772-1959.

Hebrew School Forms

PDFSchool Calendar 2017-18

PDFSchool Enrollment Form

PDFEmergency Form

PDFPublication Permission Form