Meaningful, Lasting Jewish Education for Children and Families

One of the most important elements of our congregation is our Beth Israel Religious School.

The goal of our religious school (grades kindergarten to sixth) is to provide a meaningful, lasting Jewish education to children and their families. Central to meeting that goal are both a compassionate, experienced faculty and a flexible curriculum designed to accommodate students from varying backgrounds.

We believe a Jewish religious education should provide a positive learning environment that will leave students with a basic body of Jewish learning with pride in their Jewish heritage. Our school combines experiential learning about the basic prayer service, Hebrew language instruction, and units about Jewish life, history, and ethics.

Woven into our school's collective consciousness are important Jewish values of tikun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (justice), ahavat Yisrael (love of the land and people Israel) and avodat Hashem (service to G-d). Our students are happy to come to Hebrew school and enjoy learning about their tradition while having fun and making friends.

Schedule and Curriculum

The school meets at the Minnie Brown Center, 906 Washington Street in Bath, on Thursday afternoons from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. during the school year.

Seventh grade is usually spent preparing for Bat/Bar Mitzvah. After Bat/Bar Mitzvah we can pair students with students and teachers at other synagogues around the state for some additional learning opportunities.

The Minnie Brown Center is also home to our Tot Shabbat held monthly on (mostly) the first Saturday of the month from 10:00–10:45 a.m. Created for children aged eighteen months to five years old and their parents, one Shabbat each month we come together for Jewish songs, story time, Shabbat snack and craft activities appropriate for preschoolers. Check the calendar for the exact dates of the Tot Shabbat program.

For more information about our religious school and curriculum please contact Rabbi Vinikoor at 443-4606 or rabbivinikoor@gmail.com

Adult Education

Beth Israel provides ongoing opportunities for adult learning. Please check our calendar for the latest adult education offerings.


We gratefully acknowledge that the Beth Israel Congregation Hebrew School is supported financially by the Jewish Community Alliance (JCA) of Southern Maine's Annual Campaign. For more information about the JCA, visit them on the web at www.mainejewish.org or call (207) 772-1959.

RELIGIOUS School Forms

School Calendar 2018-19 (2019-2020 Calendar under construction)

School Enrollment Form

Emergency Form

Publication Permission Form

Religious School Activity Fee for Members
Non-member Religious School Tuition