Kesher Center for Jewish Learning
Ropes Course 7th-8th graders 2015
About the Gaga Pit
Beth Israel’s gaga pit, which was behind the old building at 2200 Broadway, was funded through generous donations, and provided our kids (and grownups!) with a much needed outdoor space to put their energy to good use. In two weeks we reached our fund-raising goal to build the enclosure for the Israeli dodge-ball game, purchased materials and built it! For a full article about how the gaga pit came to be, see the November 2011 Shul Shofar. Thank you to all who donated, both time and money. Photos from our building day are in the photo gallery.
Now that we are in our new building, plans are underway for a new gaga pit. Stay tuned!
Noun for counseling/guiding
Counselor/guide (male, singular)
Counselor/guide (female, singular)
Kesher’s Hadracha (Leadership) Program is open for high school students (9th & 10th graders should also be enrolled in Confirmation class).
By becoming a Madrich(a), high schoolers will serve as a teacher’s assistant in one of our Kesher groups on Sunday mornings, and/or during Kesher B’Ivrit (Hebrew classes) on Sunday afternoons. Madrichim help teachers with daily activities such as: leading small groups, taking attendance, helping with art projects, working with students who need some extra attention, and most importantly, serving as a Jewish role models for younger children.
Working as a Madrich/Madricha is a paid work position. While madrichim assist teachers in classroom tasks, their responsibilities go beyond the administrative duties suggested by the term “teachers’ assistant.” As madrichim, they guide younger students toward a positive Jewish journey experience by demonstrating their involvement, their skills at collaboration, and their initiative.
Kesher = קֶשֶׁר = connection
Shalom! Welcome to Congregation Beth Israel’s Kesher Center for Jewish Learning!
Kesher is our Sunday school program, offering a vibrant, hands-on learning experience for infants and their care-givers, through high school students.
Our school supports and nurtures a deep sense of community through the core Jewish values of Torah, Avodah (the labor of serving God and the Jewish people with joy) and Gemilut Hasadim, (acts of loving kindness.) Our goals for our children are to foster in them a positive Jewish identity, to develop amongst them a strong sense of community, and to help each of them find a spiritual sanctuary within our community. We do this by nourishing their souls with vibrant and engaging programs designed to help them grow into the kind and caring human beings our Jewish tradition inspires.
Our doors are always open and you are always welcome. ! ברוכים הבאים
— Co-Directors Andrea Shupack and Nicky Naiman
Check back for more information about the specific curriculum covered in each grade, and to learn more about our exciting supplementary programs for kids, such as Tot Shabbat, Havdallah Nights, and PJ Library.
For any questions and for registration information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360.733.8890
To apply for financial aid for the 2019-20 school year, please fill out this form and return it to the office by Aug. 31, 2019,
During the school year, class information is available to CBI members on the Members Only section of the web site.