Beit Amunim

For 125 years, Temple Anshe Amunim’s youth religious education program has drawn on its dedication to enriching the minds of students through an exploration of Jewish history, culture, holidays, music, prayer and Torah study, and Hebrew skills. 

Students from Kindergarten through Seventh Grade may participate in the Community Hebrew Action Initiative Program (CHAI).  A joint venture with Knesset Israel and unaffiliated students, classes meet from 4 to 6 PM on Wednesdays from September through May in our brand-new upstairs classrooms.  Our CHAI program touts a highly experienced core of faculty (including our own Rabbi Josh Breindel) dedicated to developing a love for Judaism in our youth.

Our school's curriculum is based around our Beit Amunim Religious School Program, meeting weekly on Saturdays from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.  Together, we explore different aspects of Jewish religious and cultural life including holidays, Shabbat and home rituals, ethics, art and literature.  After each class session, we celebrate Havdallah (the ending of Shabbat) with music and stories.  Throughout the year, we look forward to having our students participate in Temple activities and services. 

The Religious School and the Youth Group maintain an annual tradition of preparing special Shabbat services in which the students gain experience in leading the congregation through meaningful prayer and song.  

We also offer B’Nai Mitzvah training for children at age 13 and a confirmation program for our advanced high school students, with a confirmation service coinciding with the festival of Shavuot in the spring.

Our Religious School is supported by the Rabbi Harold and Audrey Salzmann Religious School Endowment, the Newmark/Denmark Endowment, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.   Religious School students who wish to attend Camp Eisner in the summer are also supported by the Shaun Beckwith-Chasen and Jeff Eric Stolzberg Campership funds. Any contributions to these dedicated funds are welcomed.

For more information or to register for our Religious School program, please call Esther Benari-Altmann, Education Director at (413) 442-5910 Ext. 12, or e-mail us at eba@ansheamunim.org.

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