Beth El Introduces Hebrew Immersion Sunday School Class

Beth El Introduces Hebrew Immersion Sunday School Class

Congregation Beth El Religious School announced that in the next year, the school will start to offer a Hebrew immersion class for native Hebrew speakers.

Austin is home to many Israeli families who move to Central Texas for a variety of reasons, including work transfers, and many have children of Hebrew school age. In light of demand, the congregation will open a class for Hebrew speakers utilizing its Israeli teachers, whose experience ranges from teaching Hebrew at congregations and universities across the United States and beyond.

BERS prides itself on its holistic teaching methods and innovative and exciting teachers, and strives to make learning as fun and experiential as possible. The school emphasizes building friendships, making learning fun and instilling a love of Judaism, or yidishkeit.

Students at BERS learn in interactive ways, including baking, arts and crafts, singing with Carol Rubin, and most recently, planting a garden in the synagogue.

The children often participate in mitzvah projects. Last year the children chose to collect blankets to donate to a local animal shelter.

The school also arranges a variety of community speakers to talk to the children. Speakers have included Aviv Caanani, who lead Birthright trips and worked for an Israeli member of Parliament, and parent Judith Golden, who participated in Birthright with her husband; Gidon Berman talked to the children about a high school in Israel; Dana Baruch made Hanukkah candles with students; and artifact collector Gregg Philipson led a class on Jews in sports.

The Hebrew immersion class will do all the above and more. ■

For more information about the Sunday school or the Hebrew immersion program, please contact info@bethelaustin.org.

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