I am thrilled to invite you to enroll your child/ren for the 5782 school year. This is going to be a very special year for Patricia Sarah Ashkenazi Religious School. Why special? Because we are coming back to in-person class sessions at Beth El as we did until March 2020. Yes, we made it through the pandemic! It will be so great to be together again physically, after more than a year of only seeing and hearing digitized faces on the computer screen.
Keeping the school alive during the pandemic was tough, but it allowed us to continue the development of our innovative Montessori-based program, Chaye Sarah. In this coming school year, students will enjoy the fruits of this work in our four mixed-age classes: Children’s House for 3 years old – K students, Lower Elementary for 1st – 3rd graders, Upper Elementary for 4th and 5th grade students and Kabbalat Ha-Torah (Receiving of the Torah) for 6th and 7th graders.
Our dedicated faculty is excited to meet with their students in person again. We are happy to let you know that almost all of them are continuing with us. The only change is with morah Marnie and morah Lucie who will not be able to lead the Children’s House class due to personal reasons. We are very sad for the loss of these two fabulous teachers. Another, happier, departure is of our teen aide, Sabrina Stern, who graduated high school. Sabrina mentored the same group of students for the past three years, from rowdy 2nd to highly devoted 4th graders.
We are glad to announce that the baton for Children’s House passed to morah Abby (Abigail Rothschild)–a Kindergarten teacher at College Park Elementary in Virginia Beach. Maya Mirkova Livni will continue to be the class’ teen aide. Morah Hila will continue to lead our Lower Elementary class aided by her two children, Tal and Tamir. Tal is a rising high school senior, so it will be her fourth and last year with us. Morah Rita and Morah Amy will continue to lead our Upper Elementary class. We are still looking for a new teen aide to take Sabrina’s place. Morah Barbara and Moreh Bill will continue to lead the Kabbalat Ha-Torah class. Sam Levin will be their new teen aide. Sam just graduated from that class this past year.
Last year we expanded the length of our midweek Hebrew tutoring program (United Hebrew School 2.0) for 3rd – 6th graders from 30 to 45 minutes. Adding 15 minutes allowed us to raise the bar for our students, expecting them to attain up to three levels of mastery. The first is being able to read the Hebrew, the second is being able to chant it, and the third is being able to understand the meaning of the words. Indeed, not all students need to master all the three levels; however, longer sessions created the opportunity for that to happen. Seeing the great benefit of longer sessions, we will continue with the 45-minute-long lessons in the coming year.
Lastly, despite the rising costs of such an educationally rich program, the partnering synagogues have decided not to raise the tuition for the coming year (the third year in a row). It will remain $250 for the religious school (Chaye Sarah) and $350 for the midweek Hebrew tutoring (UHS 2.0). It is important to note that the heavy subsidy that is required to freeze the tuition reflects the extremely high priority given to Jewish education. We are deeply grateful to Congregations Beth El and Temple Israel, Mr. Avraham Ashkenazi (the benefactor of our religious school), and the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater for their generous financial support.
The links for the registration forms and calendars are below. The registration forms may be filled out online and emailed to email@example.com, or printed and mailed to the Beth El office at 422 Shirley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517.
We wish you a pleasant summer break and are looking forward to seeing your children back in person at Beth El this coming fall.
Dr. Eran Livni
The Patricia Sarah Ashkenazi Religious School
Head of School
Hebrew Program Resources
Located below are the checklists with which we communicate between tutors, parents and clergy for you to download/print.