Community + Belonging + Inclusive = CBI Religious School
Our classrooms are sacred spaces where we explore Jewish living, Jewish texts, and Jewish history.
Our boutique educational program is marked by more hours together, smaller classes, and greater content including a Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration with full participation in a traditional service.
Each child in our school is unique and distinctive. We foster individuality within our community and we serve children with a variety of special needs. Our program is Hebrew and prayer enriched and we guide each student to help them reach their potential.
Our Director of Education, Rabbi Robin Foonberg, holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education, has earned the CJE (Conservative Jewish Educator Certificate) and has worked in the field for 25 years. Rabbi Foonberg also serves as the national vice president for the Jewish Educators Assembly. She is dedicated to creating a Jewish environment where children feel loved and love learning.
CBI’s Religious School is recognized as a “Framework for Excellence” school by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Our students are encouraged to participate, discuss, and share their ideas while gaining a strong understanding of our Jewish values and how to live as Jews in the world today.
Our youngest students meet on Sundays, 9:00am-12:30pm. They experience tefillah (prayer) and Jewish holiday music. They learn about Jewish holidays through stories, art, food, and drama. They also learn important Jewish values such as Tzedakah (righteous giving) and kavod (respect) and chesed (kindness), and they areDa exposed to the Hebrew alphabet and begin learning the sounds of the letters.
Our students in grades 2-7 meet on Sundays, 9:00am-12:30pm, and either Tuesdays OR Wednesdays, 4:15pm-6:30pm. They learn to read Hebrew with an emphasis on reading the Siddur (prayer book skills). They also gain understanding about the meaning of prayers as well as key vocabulary words. Our Judaic studies include Torah, holidays, history, Torah trope, Jewish values, and Israel.
Daniel Zembrosky Youth in Art Fund
We provide unique art experiences for our students. With support from the Daniel Zembrosky Youth in Art Fund, our students can create significant Jewish ritual objects for their B’nai Mitzvah and for their homes including yadi’im, siddur covers, wimpels, and havdalah sets.
Throughout the school year, we celebrate Shabbat with our synagogue family. Our students lead Kabbalat Shabbat services on Friday nights with their class. We pray as a school community on Sundays.
Life Cycle Family Education
Our 6th and 7th Graders and their parents participate in a series of life cycle classes taught by Rabbi Spitz and Rabbi Foonberg. As they prepare for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, this is a wonderful opportunity for families to learn together, engage with Jewish texts, and prepare for their special event.
Madrikh Program for Teens, Grades 10-12
Our excellent Madrikh program trains teens to work in our religious school with our younger students. Through this program, they continue their Judaic education while also learning important leadership and teaching skills. This program also provides many of our teens with their first job experience. Teens can choose to volunteer in this program to earn valuable community service hours.
Hebrew High – Grades 8-12: Learning and Dining Together
Our Hebrew High program provides a variety of experiences for teens. Students do not have to be CBI members – we encourage all Jewish teens to come and learn with us!
In Hebrew High we focus on personal growth, spirituality, and character development through a Jewish lens. We discuss issues related to our teens’ lives and provide them the opportunity to explore their values with Jewish texts and discussions with our rabbis. We emphasize critical thinking and discussion in a safe sacred space.
Our Hebrew High is also an important social time for our teens. We provide a kosher meal for every session so that they can meet and catch up with their CBI friends.