A wise Rabbi once said that Judaism is not taught - it is caught!

B'yachad (together) students and parents at Congregation B'nai Israel have many opportunities to participate in "Jewish experiences educationally, spiritually, artistically, intellectually, and even gastronomically so they may 'catch' the joy of being Jewish."

Our Family and Kinder Shabbat Services are participatory and designed to give all our families the opportunity to learn the Shabbat prayers and feel comfortable within the warmth of our synagogue community.  Interspersed throughout the year are Family Workshops, age appropriate programs and holiday celebrations.  Our faculty is creative and dedicated to giving our children the best and most meaningful Jewish education. They enthusiastically accept the challenge and responsibility of making our 5,000 year-old traditions relevant in modern times.

The Religious School begins with Hebrew Prep, a combined Kindergarten through second grade class, and continues through the Hey class, until seventh grade. Our curriculum gives each child a solid background in Hebrew Reading, Prayer, Jewish History, Jewish Values, Israel, Bible, Holidays and Customs.  To express what they have learned, our students have previously written and performed in Friday Night Service presentations and holiday plays. They have also produced their own videos and class publications.

Our learning is also turned into action as our students are actively involved in collecting Tzedakah, and performing acts of Gimilut Chasadim - acts of loving kindness for both local and Israeli organizations. Over the years, our students have collected toys, books and food for those in need. Our efforts have enabled a small school in Israel the opportunity to establish an English Library, and youthful victims of terror in Israel to receive Teddy Bears. Local hospital patients have received traditional Purim packages of goodies collected and wrapped by our students.

We are proud that by the time our students reach Bar/Bat Mitzvah they are prepared to lead Friday Night, Shabbat Morning, and Sunday morning Services and that many of our graduates elect to continue their Jewish education at the Bergen County Hebrew High School.

Please feel free to contact Karen Weiss, principal of our Religious School, at the synagogue with any questions or inquiries.


To download the Hebrew School application in PDF format, please click here. You can enter in the information right on the computer using Adobe and e-mail it as an attachment to our Principal, Karen Weiss. Or you can print it, fill it by hand, and fax or mail it to us;  See the "Contact Us" page for the details.

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Congregation B'nai Israel
53 Palisade Avenue, Emerson, NJ 07630
Email: office@bisrael.com

Phone: (201) 265-2272
Fax: (201) 265-0971