Our elective-based Hebrew School model for 2017-18:

  • Places a new emphasis on tefilah (prayer) and spirituality, music, and community
  • Incorporates modern pedagogic tools
  • Includes Hebrew learning
  • Honors our students’ desire for challenging and deep learning
  • Ensures that our students feel ownership and excitement over their Jewish learning and identify formation

New members, please contact Jacey Gluska, Program Administrator.



KADIMA@BJ: 2017–2018





Thursday Student Electives

Additional electives will be available to students in Gimmel, Dalet, Hey, and Vav. Please stay tuned for the course offerings, which will be available soon.

Family Electives

At B’nai Jeshurun, we value the time that our families are able to spend together. We believe that learning with your child is invaluable, and as such we are excited to offer many family electives throughout the 2017–18 academic year.

Each of our family electives will meet monthly. In order to register for a family elective, you must commit to attending all of the sessions.

  • Family Friday Shabbat Experience: Through this elective, families will have an opportunity to experience Shabbat to the fullest extent. In each session, families will gather for Shabbat-themed learning before Kabbalat Shabbat services, will attend services together, and will conclude with Shabbat dinner and singing. This immersive Shabbat program will allow for families to celebrate the holiday together and learn about the beauty and power of Shabbat.
    • Session 1: September 8, October 13, November 10, December 15
    • Session 2: February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11
  • Family Havdalah Experience: Through this Family Elective, families will come together each month for learning and Havdalah. Explore traditional texts and understand what Judaism has to say about creating and maintaining healthy relationships. What does it mean to have a strong Jewish family? What does the Torah say about fighting with my siblings? What do I need to do to be a good friend? Join us to find out!
    • Session 1: September 9, October 14, November 11, December 16
    • Session 2: February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12
  • Family Sunday Tzedek Experience: Be a part of BJ’s Tzedek Cohort Initiative! This group will come together over the course of the year to study, act, and give. Judaism believes in the power of the collective, when we learn together, our understanding is broadened by others’ insights. Through this Family Elective, you will have the opportunity to build relationship and form community, while also acting and learning for the greater good. Together, this group will pool tzedakah money and make decisions about where and how to donate it.
    This family elective will meet eight times throughout the year. Dates will be available mid-July.



Gimmel (3rd)

Reach for Shabbat Retreat October 27–29
Family Shabbat Dinner

Dalet (4th)

Reach for Shabbat Retreat October 27–29
Receive B’nai Mitzvah Date
Family Shabbat Dinner
• B’nai Mitzvah Torah Unrolling

Hey (5th)

Reach for Shabbat Retreat October 27–29
B’nai Mitzvah Family Program
• Family Shabbat Dinner
• B’nai Mitzvah Sleepover

Vav (6th)

Reach for Shabbat Retreat October 27–29
B’nai Mitzvah Kids Only Retreat May 4–6
Family Shabbat Dinner
• Start work with 1:1 tutor (depending on B’nai Mitzvah)

Zayin (7th)

B’nai Mitzvah Projects
• Family Shabbat Dinner
• Trip to DC January 26–28