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Beit Midrash (Religious School)

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Beit Midrash during Covid 19

We know our returning and prospective families have so many questions about what Beit Midrash will look like this upcoming school year. The Beit Am staff and board are working hard to make a flexible and adaptable plan that will allow every student and family to maintain connections to Jewish education this year, through a format that works okay for them. This will involve a mixture of family learning, online learning, and small outdoor gatherings (and more?!). We will be emailing families as we have updates. In the meantime, please direct questions to Thank you!

Welcome students and families!

Beit Midrash is the religious school of Beit Am, for children in pre-school through seventh grade and with engagment opportunities for their family members. 

Beit Midrash focuses on interactive Jewish education, covering Torah, Jewish values, holidays, prayer, history, culture, music, and beyond. Students in 3rd-6th grade attend an additonal Hebrew lesson each week. 

A Day at Beit Midrash

A day at Beit Midrash starts with tefillah (prayer) a joyful time where all of our students, parents, and teachers join in the sanctuary. During this time we wake up together in song, build our knowledge of Jewish services, and Rabbi Phil introduces us to our theme for the day. This is also a time when we introduce the yom ha'shavua (the Hebrew word-of-the-week) and we make announcements.

When we break out into class groups, that could include activities like 

  • pariticpating in an Israeli dance workshop
  • baking challah or cooking lentil soup
  • doing a scavenger hunt for chametz around the building
  • writing songs about Torah stories
  • debating Jewish ethics
  • painting sukkah decorations
  • sharing student interviews with family members
  • and so much more!

We provide a snack each week.

We end the day gathering again in the sanctuary for closing circle. 

Several Mitzvah Days each year get students and their families out volunteering in the community. 

Learn more about our curriculum here.


Following Beit Midrash, students in 3rd-6th grade stay for a 45 minute Hebrew lesson. These lessons happen in small groups of 3-4 students. We use a range of fun conversational Hebrew tools to build confident Hebrew decoding skills and beginner conversation skills. 


Beit Midrash meets on Sunday mornings from September to May. 

Beit Midrash dates are shown on the Beit Am internal calendar; you must be logged in to see them. 

Registered families recive a complete calendar of events in PDF and may pick up a hard copy at Beit Midrash.

Find registration information for Beit Midrash here. 


Please contact Beit Midrash Director Sara Finkle at or contact our office administrator by phone at 541-753-0067.

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To contact our office, send email to The Beit Am Office
To contact our Rabbi, send email to The Beit Am Rabbi
To contact the newsletter editor, send email to The Beit Am Newsletter Editor
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