Religious School

Welcome to the Congregation Beth Hatikvah Religious School CBH Religious School begins on Sunday, September 23!

Our School Director, Val Loughney, is very excited and hard at work getting school ready for all of our students. This year we will be having a combination of Sunday meeting dates, along with the continuation of our Shabbat Family Learning Experience on Saturday mornings with Debbie Massarano. School families will be receiving a letter explaining this year’s program and calendar in the coming weeks. If you know a family looking to connect, please send them our way!

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL:

The Congregation Beth Hatikvah Religious School is a supplementary school educating our children with a hands on, child centered approach. Here you will find a warm school community that cares about the learning of each individual student. We strive for our students to learn something new with each class, and use what they learn to become understanding individuals who are dedicated to our people’s essential principles. Our curriculum includes six content areas to promote building a strong Jewish identity

  • Shabbat and Holidays
  • Jewish Values & Customs
  • Community and History
  • Land Of Israel
  • Jewish Literature
  • Hebrew and Prayer

At Beth Hatikvah we believe that religious studies should be enjoyable and engaging so our studies include arts and music, field trips, culinary adventures, and the celebration and participation in Jewish holidays. A typical day at school includes a 30 minute service in our sanctuary and two hours of class time incorporating both Hebrew and Judiac studies. For our youngest students, Hebrew is integrated into the daily agenda, while the class day is divided into Hebrew and Judiac studies for the older students. Our goal is to provide our students with strong roots from which to grow and to create a love of Jewish learning that will remain with them throughout their lives.

ABOUT OUR DIRECTOR:

Val Loughney studied Jewish History at University of Washington and has taught post-b’nei mitzvah classes at Temple Beth Or. She worked as the Assistant to the Regional Director of NFTYNW and as the Assistant to the Principal of Hebrew High. She also worked at the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center and was a visiting Scholar of Jewish Studies in Tübingen, Germany. She is now the Program Director for Nature Nuts, an immersive outdoor program for kids and families on Bainbridge Island. She is excited to be a part of the CBH kids’ Jewish journey, whether it’s making latkes, learning Ladino music, or talking Talmud!

OUR ROLE AS PARENTS:

We ask that parents become active learners in our temple community. Your involvement in our religious school programs as well as our congregation’s educational, social, and spiritual life as a whole will have a major influence on your child’s commitment to Judaism. Together we can teach our children the importance of Jewish responsibility.

Only members in good standing may enroll children in religious school at Congregation Beth Hatikvah.

Interested in Religious School, but haven’t committed to the congregation yet? Get all of the information on joining and supporting the Congregation Beth Hatikvah community, and commit to CBH so that your family can enjoy all our school has to offer.