11 Iyar (5/7)

May 7, 2017 by

This year’s Religious School is quickly drawing to an end; our annual Celebration of Learning is approaching. Join us Sunday, May 20 to honor our teachers and celebrate the wonderful school year! Today is the last day of Chai School and next Sunday, May 14 is the last day of Sunday Religious School.

See you then!

4 Iyar (4/30)

April 30, 2017 by

Welcome back!

Congratulations to all the wonderful 3rd graders who led Shabbat service last Friday night and to the 4th graders who participated in yesterday’s Shabbat morning services. A huge Yasher Koach to our students who read Torah for the first time! You all sounded amazing.

A brief shoutout to the youth groups, who had the largest ever participation in our Kings Dominion trip!

See you next week,

Jake Biderman

27 Nisan (4/23)

April 23, 2017 by

Hello everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful, festive Passover like we did here at the CBE Religious School.

Reminder: Today, Chai School will have adjusted hours, 3:30-7:45 PM, because of the JCRC’s Holocaust Teen Program at the JCCNV.

Tonight begins Yom HaShoah, the annual day of Holocaust remembrance. As we mourn those we lost in this horrible tragedy, we hope and pray that the human race will never again commit such atrocities. We must treat everyone with dignity and respect as we work for a better future for all people. Remember the words outside the Smithsonian Holocaust Memorial Museum: never again. Don’t forget to light your yellow candle.

There will be no Chai School next Sunday, April 30.

See you next week,

Jake Biderman

28 Adar (3/26)

March 26, 2017 by

Welcome back to the blog!

The Religious School is in full gear prepping for Pesach 5777! The kids are having a blast learning about the Exodus and having discussions about Moshe and the Israelites.

Next Sunday, April 2 is Good Deeds Day, an annual celebration of Mitzvot and Tikkun Olam with participants around the world. Here at CBE, the students will be doing their part to make the world a better place, and we encourage you to participate at home (check the CBE website for other Good Deed opportunities)!

That night (Sunday, April 2) is also the USY/Kadima Murder Mystery Night, a huge joint event between our two youth groups. Students 5th grade and up are invited to help solve the mystery (and have some delicious food too). For further information and to RSVP, contact Sara Pollack at sara@bethemeth.org.

That’s all for now. Have a nice week!

Jake Biderman and Mikhail Goldenberg

7 Adar (3/5)

March 5, 2017 by

Happy Adar!

Get ready—Purim is just a week away! As usual, we’re gearing up for our annual Purim Palooza next Sunday, March 12. Come to celebrate with Beth Emeth. There’ll be a moon bounce, arts and crafts, hamentaschen, a raffle for Washington Nationals tickets, and more! Find fun activities for everyone from Zaydes to babies. Click here to read more.

Due to the holiday and Purim Palooza, there will be no Religious or Chai School next Sunday.

Happy Purim and חג שמח!

Jake Biderman

30 Shevat (2/26)

February 26, 2017 by

Welcome back to the blog!

We’d like to begin with a huge Yasher Koach to the 7th graders for their wonderful davening at Friday night’s Shabbat services. It’s great to see young Jews in action!

A great time was had by all yesterday at the BEECC auction. Todah rabah to all who participated.

Purim is just around the corner, and tomorrow, Monday, February 27 is your last chance to order your Shalach Manot (Purim Baskets). This is an easy way to fulfill a mitzvah and help support the CBE Religious School at the same time. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Stephanie Taraday at stephm24@gmail.com.

Next Saturday, March 4 is another Ruach Shabbat with Robin and Rebecca. All students grades K-5 are welcome to join us at 10:30 am for fun-filled learning!

Thanks for reading and see you next week!

Jake Biderman



2 Shevat (1/29)

January 29, 2017 by

Good morning! We have a few announcements for you today.

First, there will be a Ruach Shabbat this Saturday, February 4, for all grades Kindergarten through 5th. Join us with Morah Robin and Morah Rebecca for fun-filled learning!

Quick reminder that because of Super Bowl Sunday, Chai School on Sunday, February 5 will be from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. (K-7th Grade still has regular Religious School hours.) See you then, and hope you enjoy the game!

The Butterfly Project is soaring. Keep sending us your butterflies, and a big thank you to everyone who has already participated!

See you next week,

Jake Biderman


24 Tevet (1/22)

January 22, 2017 by

Welcome back!

We’d like to begin with a big Yasher Koach to the 5th Grade, who led a wonderful service Shabbat morning and recited prayers they had been practicing for weeks. The service was followed by a delicious lunch in their honor sponsored by the religious school. Well done, 5th Graders!

The 5th Grade is also holding a mock wedding next weekend, where they will be going through the ceremony of a Jewish marriage.

See you next week!

Jake Biderman

10 Tevet (1/8)

January 8, 2017 by

Happy New Year to all! We hope that you had a good Hanukkah and a nice Winter Break!

A big Yasher Koach to our wonderful first-graders for leading Friday night family services.

A quick reminder: our next Ruach Shabbat with Simon and Rebecca will be on February 11.

Enjoy the snow but stay safe when on icy roads. See you next week!

4 Kislev (12/4)

December 4, 2016 by

Happy Kislev everyone!

As Hanukkah fast approaches, the Religious School is in full holiday mode. The delicious smell of oily latkes has been filling the hallways, since today the 1st and 2nd grades cooked their own potato pancakes. Yum! The rest of the school shouldn’t get too jealous–they will be making their own latkes soon.

Don’t Miss the 2016 Hanukkah Boutique! There you can find all your Hanukkah gifts and decorations – toys, menorahs, dreidels, candles, wrapping paper, gelt, jewelry, and more! Come stop by and see the collection!

Today marks the last Sunday Religious School of 2016–and thus the last blog post of the year. But remember, there will still be Wednesday and Thursday classes and Chai School until Hanukkah begins. Don’t stop coming to CBE just yet.

Have a wonderful Hanukkah and an even better New Year’s,

Jake Biderman