Our mission is to create an educational environment that enriches our children’s Jewish identity and fosters a meaningful connection, so Judaism becomes a cherished touchstone in their life.
Welcome to the SLJ!
At the Barry Ira Graff School of Living Judaism (SLJ) we explore life’s big questions, delve into our rich heritage, make the world around us a better place, build a meaningful Jewish community and have fun while doing it.
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We want all our students to have the opportunity to participate in all off-campus experiences we have to offer, which is why we created the Youth Scholarship Fund.
Letter from the Director
Bruchim Habaim!- Welcome! We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our school. We are very excited to continue to provide our students with the highest quality education. As a new member of the leadership team, I am excited to have the opportunity to get to know you and your families.
Congregation B’nai Israel Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism (SLJ) for Religious School thrives on the partnership between teachers, parents, students, professional staff, and lay leaders. This year we will continue to work on those partnerships in order to focus on growing our sacred community. We will continue to refine and reframe our educational goals and vision in order to meet the needs of our students, allowing every child to have a personal connection to their Judaism. Our highly experienced clergy, education team, faculty, and staff partners with our lay leaders, parents, and educational community to help foster a love of Judaism, learning, and community. We think of our congregation as an extended family, welcoming all- infants to seniors, longtime residents and new arrivals, singles, families and empty nesters. We will continue to strive to make Congregation B’nai Israel’s Religious School both an educational and spiritual home for your children.
We are eager to guide your children in their development as they deepen their understanding of Judaism through the study of Jewish History, Torah, Life Cycle Events, Holidays, Jewish Values, and Israel. Our experiential offerings such as enrichments (art, music, library), field trips, speakers, and community programming contribute to our comprehensive program. Hebrew is taught to foster connection to the language of our sacred texts and prayers, enabling our students to understand and be comfortable participating in synagogue services here as well as in the larger community.
Our school provides a safe place for your children to develop friendships and a community of peers. Attending class regularly ensures that children not only keep up with the academic portion of the program, but also continue to cultivate community and friendships. We are committed to educating children with special needs and different learning styles. Our teachers are trained and willing to make modifications to the curriculum in order to ensure your child's success. If you would like to discuss your child's educational needs, please contact me at any time.
Looking forward to a wonderful year ahead of community, friendships, and learning.
Director of the Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism (SLJ) for Religious School