Religious School at CBI
Congregation B'nai Israel is committed to offering a quality Jewish education to the children of our community. Our Religious School offers programs for kindergartners through B'nai Mitzvah and beyond. Our curriculum, administered by a professional director and taught by experienced educators, emphasizes study of prayers and services, Jewish culture and history, Hebrew language, Israel, and holidays and home rituals. Congregation B'nai Israel provides an excellent religious education with well-trained staff, a creative curriculum, and numerous special programming events to complement the classroom experience.
Students will begin Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation while in the seventh grade; lessons for this preparation are scheduled with the clergy and are separate from Religious School classes. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony marks the entrance of our young congregants into Jewish adulthood by the acceptance of the obligations and privileges of the community. Our goal at CBI is to make this ritual a positive Jewish experience, one filled with joy and thanksgiving for the entire family. Together we plan for this joyous occasion by encouraging not only the study of assigned Torah and Haftarah portions, but also the reasoning and questioning of the history behind the studied events. We require our students to attend a minimum number of Friday evening and Saturday morning services as we believe that familiarity and comfort with Shabbat services aids the learning process. We encourage attendance to be a family affair.
Once Religious School classes have been completed through seventh grade, and students have attained Bar/Bat Mitzvah status, students may join CBI's amazing Hebrew High School.