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Religious School

The Barbara and William B. Thalhimer, Jr. Religious School provides preschool through High School Jewish Education. The school has a lively curriculum of Hebrew, Prayer and Jewish Knowledge, History, Thought and Ethics. Many Sundays include special holiday and social programming for adults and students. Jewish learning at Beth Ahabah is not just what happens in the classroom and the synagogue. It is an effort to build a lasting foundation for every member of the family to live a meaningful Jewish life.


Schedule: The Barbara and William B. Thalhimer, Jr. Religious School for grades Preschool-7 meets during the school year from September through early May on Sunday mornings, from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. Our eighth through tenth graders meet collectively on Monday evenings from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. in the Joel House.

Religious School programs are open to all members of Congregation Beth Ahabah.  If you are interested in enrolling your child please fill out our online Registration Form on ShulCloud, as well as the CBA RS Allergy Action Plan if needed. Have the Allergy Action Plan signed by your physician and return it to the Temple office.  




What you need to know:

  • Mondays at 6:30pm to 8:20pm
  • This year, like everything else, will be a little different. All class will be virtual at least until January.
  • 8th Grade: will be taught by Mr. Matt Gaskin, the curriculum will be “You Be the Judge,” a Collection of Ethical Cases and Jewish Answers. Parallels to current events will be drawn to enliven the discussion.
  • 9th grade and 10th Grader: will be taught by Rabbi Nagel both grades will be confirmed at the end of the year.
    • The curriculum is everything you ever wanted to know about being Jewish: What you should know about God, Reform Judaism, the Holocaust, Israel and other faiths. The Confirmands study with Rabbi Nagel and prepare for Confirmation, a communal public declaration of their commitment to lifelong Jewish Learning.
  • REGISTER TODAY for 8th to 10th grade, which begins on the evening of Monday, October 19th.

What Else?

  • Three times a year, teens will select a fun Second Period elective that will run 6 weeks. Electives are either exclusively for teens like Cooking with Chef Dan Scherotter or intergenerational electives like Tehillim/Psalms:Reclaiming the Ancient top 40 with Cantor Sarah Beck-Berman. (The teens will choose their elective the first night of each 6 week session)
  • 11th and 12th Grade: Enjoy a FREE 2nd Monday drop-in program which includes a fun activity and conversations on the topic of how to be a young Jewy in the world with our Youth Engagement Specialist Allie Vornholt 
  • Parents can learn too. Model Jewish Learning for you kids. Register here for adult classes CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND TO SIGN UP TODAY

Please email if you have any questions about Confirmation or Beit Midrash.


Thu, May 6 2021 24 Iyyar 5781