Registration

June 15, 2020

Dear Beth El Religious School Families,

During this challenging time for our world, we are as motivated as ever to continue our dynamic educational program.  There are exciting plans for the coming year of learning, including in-person learning, virtual learning, or a blending of the two as we continue to create Jewish learning experiences that are meaningful and relevant for our students and their families.  In light of the ongoing challenges due to Covid-19, we are working with the Beth El Re-opening Task Force to map a path forward that will allow BERS to safely offer high quality Jewish education that meets the needs of every child.  As we learn more about the plans the public schools have for operating this coming school year, we will clarify our specific plans and communicate this important information to BERS families with another update by July 15.

While we would have much preferred to continue in-person learning last spring, we were proud to offer dynamic online for BERS during remote learning.  We are continuing to build upon the lessons and best practices learned from the larger educational community, so we will be able to continue to offer engaging content and learning experiences should the pandemic require partial or full remote learning.

Please complete your BERS registration as soon as possible to help us ensure we have appropriate staffing and materials to educate all children at the start of the school year.  The deadline for our early bird discount is July 15.

Religious School registration is conducted online.  Please read the information sheet before filling out the online registration form.   Do not delay – timely submission of your child’s school registration is the best guarantee of placement in the session of your choice.

If you have questions about our program or the registration process, please contact Carmen Izurieta (cizurieta@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569 x109).

We know the coming year will be filled with uncertainty.  Please do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions or concerns.  While we might not have all the answers yet, we know we are prepared to have a wonderful year of Jewish learning and experiences with you and your family!

L’shalom,

Elisha Rothschild Frumkin, CJE
Education Director

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Special Needs Learners
Congregation Beth El is a warm, welcoming, and inclusive community, and the Religious School strives to ensure that all students have the fullest opportunity to participate in educational activities. If you have any questions about inclusion opportunities or this questionnaire, please contact Lesli Gillman, Religious School Student Support Specialist, at lgillman@bethelmc.org.

Special Financial Arrangements
If you need to make special financial arrangements for dues and/or tuition, please contact our Executive Director, Henry Feller (hfeller@bethelmc.org).

Religious School Restricted Funds
We invite parents/guardians to contribute to the funds listed below, allowing us to further enrich our program. You can support these funds by donating through the Beth El website’s donation page.

  • The Elaine Tanenbaum Religious School Enrichment Fund enables the Religious School to take advantage of special opportunities that make the school experience more interesting, exciting, and engaging for our children. This fund has been used to pilot, sustain, and enhance such programs as the fourth-fifth grade retreat, sixth grade Shabbaton, conversational Hebrew instruction, family education, arts specialists, and various outside speakers who meet with our students.
  • The Dr. Elaine L. Shalowitz Education Fund enables the Religious School to provide enhanced training opportunities for our teachers and administrators, as well as offer additional enrichment programs for our students.

General Registration FAQs

Families with students enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year receive an email from the Beth El Religious School with a link to registration – this link is specific to your family and will have your information pre-filled out, as we have it in our database.  New families can go directly to the registration section of the BERS page on the Beth El website and register there. Our online registration process is easy and self-guided. We’ll also be here if you have any questions – contact Carmen Izurieta, Religious School Program Coordinator at cizurieta@bethelmc.org or (301) 652-8569 x109.

Early bird registration runs through Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – registrations submitted during this time will receive a $50 tuition discount.

During this challenging time we remain committed to providing a dynamic Jewish educational program for our students and their families.  We have exciting plans for the coming year, including in-person learning together at Beth El, virtual learning, and a blending of the two; whatever is possible, we will continue to create Jewish learning experiences that are meaningful and relevant for our students and families.  We are working with Beth El’s Reopening Task Force to make plans for the year that will keep students, families, and staff safe.

The year ahead is filled with uncertainty due to the pandemic, and while we do not yet know what our BERS year will look like, we are anticipating a hybrid program with both in-person and virtual learning.  We are also offering BERS Limmud Online, an online only track for families who would prefer a remote learning experience this year.  Please contact Elisha Frumkin (efrumkin@bethelmc.org) with any questions.

All students need to register each year for the religious school. While cannot roll over any of your information, clicking on your family’s unique registration link will pre-load the form with the information as we currently have it – you can update any changes there as well.

When you register your child(ren) for religious school, you will pay a $75 registration fee per child.  You will also have the opportunity to make a donation to our Religious School Committee’s Teacher Appreciation Fund, which our Religious School Committee uses to show our amazing faculty how much they are valued throughout the year.

Religious School tuition will appear on your Beth El bill shortly after registration.  At least 25% of your tuition is due quarterly.  The first quarter must be paid before school starts and the full amount must be paid no later than May 31, 2021.

Class and session assignments are generally made during the summer months, so we will not know when Morah X is teaching until well after registration is underway.  If you have an idea of the type of teacher with whom your child typically does well, feel free to let us know on your registration form – there is a question for each child where we solicit information that will help make a positive class assignment.

We value our strong community at Beth El and know how important being placed with a friend or two can be in creating a positive learning experience.  You can indicate friend preferences during registration in the section where we solicit information that will help make a positive class assignment, or by emailing Carmen Izurieta (cizurieta@bethelmc.org).  For class creation purposes, we do our best to ensure placement with a friend or two, so please prioritize in your request.

General School Related Questions (Grades K-6)

Chug is an optional enrichment club for K-3rd grade students.  There are two options for Judaic enrichment for BERS students:

  • Midweek Chug for K-2nd grade—Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-6:30
  • We are not currently offering our Sunday morning Chug Enrichment Club for K-3rd graders.  We will open enrollment for Chug once we are able to hold classes in person.

The Chug enrichment program is experiential and learning is dynamic – it goes beyond what they learn on Sunday and our Chug students consistently rave about the class.  This is a great option for families who would like additional Judaic and Hebrew enrichment for their child.

Contact Carmen Izurieta (cizurieta@bethelmc.org) in the office as soon as you know about the conflict. Session changes are done on a first-come first-served basis, contingent upon classroom space.

Congregation Beth El is a warm, welcoming, and inclusive community, and the Religious School strives to ensure that all students have the fullest opportunity to participate in educational activities. If you have any questions about inclusion opportunities or this questionnaire, please contact Lesli Gillman, Religious School Student Support Specialist, at lgillman@bethelmc.org.

General School Related Questions (Grades 7-10)

The vast majority of Beth El teens continue into our Upper School program, which runs from 7th-10th grades. 7th graders have their choice of an afternoon or evening session, while our 8th-10th grade program only runs in the evening.  Our Upper School program prepares our teens to be able to approach and engage meaningfully with the world around them with Judaism and Jewish values as a guide.

We know that some teens may have a conflict with our core Upper School program, so this year we are offering an online-only class, Upper School Limmud Online, that will happen on a different day of the week (to be decided closer to the fall).  This option is for teens who are not able to regularly attend Tuesday evening classes but would like to continue their Jewish education.  Upper School Limmud Online participants will be eligible for all 10th grade Confirmation programs, including our fall trip to NYC and the Sorkin Youth Trip to Israel.

The Sorkin Youth Trip to Israel is a culminating experience for Beth El youth completing the Religious School program, taking place over winter break of the 10th grade year.  Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we have cancelled our December 2020 trip and are actively planning a combination trip for December 2021 for this year’s tenth graders and next year’s class.