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June 1, 2023
Dear BERS Families,
What a fabulous year! I can’t believe we wrapped up our BERS year just two weeks ago. The year truly flew by. And now with this amazing year behind us, we are thrilled to launch registration for our 2023-2024 program year!
Over the past several months, we have heard from and worked with parent groups to identify ways to strengthen our school community. Your ideas include increasing fun and positive Jewish experiences, strengthening community and social connections, including student choice in learning options, and nurturing positive Jewish identity.
I am excited to share the BERS 2023-2024 program which is built on your feedback. Details of what’s new and returning for next year’s program follow below.
As ever, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. We cannot wait for another wonderful year of Jewish learning, experiences, and community with you and your family.
Elisha Rothschild Frumkin, CJE
PS – Be sure to register by June 30 to take advantage of the early-bird tuition rates!
Lower School (K-6th Grades)
Increased Student Choice:
Focus on Engagement and Community Building
Supporting Parent Engagement
Continuing Successful Programs
Upper School (7th-10th Grades)
New Opportunities for Teen Engagement and Leadership
Class schedules and tuition information can be found in this information sheet, which we encourage everyone to review before filling out the registration form. Begin the enrollment process by clicking the button below.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE
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, please contact Elisha Rothschild Frumkin, Education Director (email@example.com, 301-562-8569 x119).
Special Financial Arrangements
Beth El and Beth El Religious School is available to all, regardless of financial circumstances. To learn more or to discuss adjustments, please contact our Executive Director, Heather Garrett (firstname.lastname@example.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.
Families with students enrolled for the 2022-2023 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 Allison Brown, Religious School Program Coordinator at email@example.com or (301) 652-8569 x109.
Early bird registration runs through Friday, June 30, 2023 – registrations submitted during this time will receive a $100 tuition discount.
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 $100 non-refundable tuition deposit per child. There is also a space on the last page of the registration page to indicate interest in enrolling in automatic payments – simply check this box and we will be in touch with more information. 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, 2024.
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 Allison Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org). For class creation purposes, we do our best to ensure placement with a friend or two, so please prioritize in your request. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee placement beyond one or two friend requests.
Contact Allison Brown (email@example.com) 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 Elisha Frumkin, Education Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Tuesday evenings are discussion-based and social, with real world topics and engaging electives.
We know that some teens may have a conflict with our core Upper School program, but there are many ways to get involved at Beth El. Contact Tali Moscowitz (email@example.com) to schedule a conversation to explore some options.
The Sorkin 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. Registration for the Sorkin Trip to Israel begins the January of the 9th grade year.