Committee Chairs

   Education: Dianne Bluestein (interim)
   PTO: Dianne Bluestein
   Adult Education: -open-

Our "Shalom Learning" Program

CBJ's Education Committee selected "Shalom Learning" for the Beit Sefer and Hebrew School programs for 5781 (2020-2021). Recognizing that our children represent the future of Judaism and that their education is of utmost importance, CBJ has hired professional and experienced Hebrew educators to teach all levels.

"Shalom Learning" is a highly-acclaimed Hebrew curriculum that has been developed for effective teaching in the virtual classroom environment. Click for more information on Shalom Learning.

The school is directed by David Wesson. He is thoroughly familiar with the "Shalom Learning" program and holds an MS in Judaic Education. David is a certified Cantorial Soloist and is known to our CBJ community as one-half of the musical duo, Shir David.

Beit Sefer Staff
David Wesson Head Teacher, 6th grade
Shoshana York 4th and 5th grade
Devon Portney 2nd and 3rd grade
Shira Moss Kindergarten and 1st grade
(Shira is the other half of Shir David)
Rabbi Silverman Pre-Kindergarten

All teachers are thoroughly trained in the "Shalom Learning" program. They are teaching the children Hebrew, as well as Judaica, using Zoom for remote learning.

Here is an example from Shalom Learning of how remote learning might work.

Beit Sefer News

CBJ K/1 Beit Sefer October/November Highlights

Shira Moss

We are rolling along in our exploration of important Jewish Values, Themes and Actions for living a full and connected life. For children in kindergarten and first grade, the best way to learn content is through song, story, movement and art. Every class in our Beit Sefer includes fun and engaging ways to teach these important ideas.

We start out with greeting each other with the song, Shalom Chaverim, understanding that Shalom is a very important word with a triple meaning.

One main theme throughout our curriculum is Hachnasat HaTov (recognizing the good) and we also start every class with a sharing activity called Tell Me Something Tov(good), where each student shares something from their week.

Back in October we learned about the High Holidays and the important ideas and symbols that they bring. For Rosh Hashana we drew apple trees and used our art imaginations to make the apples represent our goals for the coming year.

For Yom Kippur we read a wonderful book called, The Hardest Word, and discussed how sometimes all we can do is express that we are truly sorry when we hurt someone’s feelings or break something by accident, even if we didn’t mean to.

For Sukkot we brought our favorite stuffed animals to class as our welcome guests (Hachnasat Orchim) and watched a video about a little boy in Israel whose family runs an etrog farm. We listened to the song Davíd Melech Yisrael and learned all of the moves.

More recently we have explored the theme of Shalom Bayit (Peace in the home), have watched some great Shaboom videos and read a beautiful poetry book called Peace is an Offering about how it’s the little things we do every day that add up. We’re learning how to count to five in Hebrew with a fun “categories” game called Five Things, always reminding ourselves of the things we are thankful for (Hakarat HaTov).

As we round the corner into December, there’s a fun lesson for Chanukah on deck and then we’ll continue exploring important Jewish Values, Themes and Actions for the K/1 Mensch!

Report from David Wesson, 6th and 7th Grade Teacher

(Reprinted from October 23rd edition of The Weekly Update)

As teacher of Grades 6 and 7 at CBJ, it has been a great pleasure getting to know Sarah and Sadie the past few weeks. They are enthusiastic, intelligent young adults. The small class allows for personalization of lessons with extra B’nai Mitzvah preparation.

This past week we covered a lot in our class! We began the class with a song, a fun, call and response version of Hinei Ma Tov. After connecting through music, the question was raised “what makes Judaism unique?” In that discussion, we time traveled back to the time of young Avram (later to become Abraham) and experienced two classic midrashim of young Avram becoming the first monotheist, an iconoclast to the pervasive polytheism. We then discussed the parsha and the term “Lech Lecha” (go forward) in which Avraham had the courage to strike out on his own journey. We equated that with the journey of the students becoming Jewish adults. We asked what values they will carry forward, as well as what dogmas may not serve them in the future.

We then discussed a Talmudic query concerning when two mitzvot may seem to contradict each other. The example from the Talmud how asked how would one “Honor your father and mother” if your mother or father told you do something ethically wrong. This was a fruitful discussion.

We then turned to our Hebrew study, reviewing the Aleph Bet and the vowels using the Torah Aura program on the Shalom Learning site. Because the class is small, each of the girls were able to have time to practice.

Lastly, we continued to go over the blessing after the Haftarah.

It's been a great joy, and I am looking forward to continuing our study!

Open House - 8/30/2020

   "Open House" flyer

Enrollment and Contact

The 2020-21 Beit Sefer Enrollment Form

   For questions, contact Dianne Bluestein.

Hebrew School Schedule

   Beit Sefer began the week of October 4th.

  • Torah Study - Limud Torah Mondays 8:30-10:00am - Contact Rabbi Silverman