Torah Study

9:30 – 11:30 am – First and third Saturday mornings. Please click here to check the calendar for exact dates of Torah Study each month.

Adult Education Programs (Please check back as we update)

Sunday Preschool

Our age appropriate, child-centered pre-school, for children ages 3 and 4, is ably taught by Mya Russell. The curriculum includes Holidays, Holy Days, Shabbat, Simple Torah and Bible stories, prayers and songs. The pre-school meets alternate Sundays from 9:30 to noon. The school day includes hands-on lessons, crafts, play time, snack time, and music. Parent volunteers are welcome.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Our students study with the Rabbi and members of our faculty to prepare for the most formative ritual of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This includes acquiring the ability to site-read Hebrew, learn the various blessings and prayers needed to conduct a Shabbat service, learn to read a section of the Torah portion and Haftarah portion, as well as explore the message and meaning of these portions. Finally, each student prepares a speech to reflect their thoughts on becoming a Bat/Bar Mitzvah, the lesson from their Torah portion and more. This culminates in the young student conducting an entire service in which they formally enter the congregation as an adult.

Post B’nai Mitzvah Program

The post Bar/bat Mitzvah program is led by Rabbi David. The topics of their studies vary from the week’s Torah portion to contemporary Jewish values, and more.

In addition to their studies, they have agreed to take on congregational responsibilities such as conducting services from time to time. They also enjoy field trips to broaden their knowledge.

Congregation B’nai Harim Religious School

Mission Statement: The Religious School of Congregation B’nai Harim at the Nevada County Jewish Community Center is committed to teaching Jewish concepts, values and practices in order to develop and strengthen Jewish identity, awareness, and involvement.

Description: B’nai Harim Sunday and Hebrew School is tailored to allow the students to acquire a strong feeling of Jewish pride, wisdom and cultural connection to the state of Israel. Areas of academic emphasis include the Hebrew language and prayer, Jewish history, Jewish holidays, Jewish and Israeli songs, traditions, and values. The school emphasizes a strong connection to the land of Israel – all taught in an enjoyable and memorable fashion that keeps the students engaged.

Our Religious School offers a Thursday afternoon Hebrew class for students in grades 4-8. Hebrew School prepares students for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and teaches Israeli customs. Sunday School for students ages 3 through High School. Class sizes are small, which allows our teachers to focus on individual needs and to develop close personal bonds with the children. Our Sunday School curriculum includes the study of Jewish practices, mitzvot, ethics, holy days and holidays, history, literature, synagogue skills, heritage, prayer, Hebrew and Israel. The materials and lessons are age-appropriate. Throughout the year we participate in and celebrate Jewish holy days and holidays, such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukah, Tu b’shevat, Purim, Passover, Israel Independence Day, and more. Our religious school students participate in and lead some of our Shabbat services. We culminate the year with an annual Congregation/Sunday School picnic.

School Hours: Sunday School starts at 9:30 am and dismisses at 12 noon. Pre-school (ages 3-4) and the Rabbi’s Kids (post B’nai Mitzvah) meet alternate Sundays. Hebrew School meets Tuesdays 3:30-4:30.

Tuition: Annual tuition for Sunday School is $500 for the first child in a family. The tuition for each additional child from the same family is progressively $100 less payment (i.e. second child $400, third child $300, fourth child $200 and fifth child $100). Non-members pay $800 for the first child, with progressively less payment of $100 per additional child from the same family.

Pre-School and Rabbi’s Kids tuition is $250.

Hebrew School is $200 for the first child in a family, $100 for each additional child.

Tuition pays for books, supplies, and expenses. Scholarships are available.  You do not need any membership, prior affiliation, or religious background to be a part of our Hebrew School family. Families are welcome to pay more in tuition to support the Nevada County Jewish Community Center Religious Education Program.

Click to download religious school application form

Religious School Faculty

Teaching Staff

Mya Russell teaches our pre-school class. She provides a hands-on, age appropriate experience for our youngest learners, ages three and four. The focus is Jewish holidays, holy days, and celebrations. The class meets alternate Sundays from 9:30am -12:00pm.

Kinneret Vinitzky Coordinates with staff and teaches programs K-7 on Sundays, study of holidays, Torah, Hebrew with interesting and creative activities to students and teaches Hebrew on Tuesdays 3:30-4:30.

Dan Kalt works with the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah young people, who have formed a group they call GROOVY. Under his leadership, the young people lead services, engage in community service, and participate in UJA activities.