Our Programs

Where Judaism is expressed through community, joy and love

Hands On Learning

Our goals are to incorporate the latest “out of the box” thinking about Jewish education to foster an enthusiasm and passion for Judaism. Children learn in different ways; one child may feel connected to Jewish history while learning about and making matzah and charosets from scratch, while another may have a spiritual experience standing in the quiet of a forest. For children with special needs, classroom learning can be particularly challenging; music, movement, and computer technology often engage a child who might be unable to attend to a traditional class discussion or lecture.

DVASH – Cutting Edge Hebrew Education

We are thrilled to offer DVASH (Dynamic Vision for the Active Study of Hebrew), an exciting Hebrew learning program based on comprehensive research that includes elements of letter and vowel recognition, vocabulary and writing. Its name translating to “making learning sweet” (D’vash), this program offers a multisensory curriculum that caters to elementary school-age students with a variety of learning styles and abilities. DVASH incorporates visual, oral, touch, and kinesthetic modalities into the learning process.

dafna_dvashDVASH excels in making students active participants in their learning. In addition, the program creates Jewish educators who use innovative approaches to Hebrew reading instruction that allows for learning disabled – especially reading disabled – children to fully take part in classes.  A unique, Pittsburgh-based pilot program for teaching Hebrew in an inclusive setting. DVASH is in the process of expanding to other sites locally with the eventual goal of achieving a national presence.

Education for All

We welcome and embrace all interfaith families.We pride ourselves on catering our programs to students’ individual needs. In addition, we are unique in the services and attention we provide for children with special needs. We have one-on-one aids available, as well as tailor-made Bar and Bat Mitzvah programs.

The Shabbat Experience

Shabbat plays a special role in our school and community. Youth-friendly services are combined with socializing, gaga (Israeli dodge ball), music, drumming, and food, of course! The only challenge you will face will be getting your children to leave. Learn more.



Join the School

Ready to enroll for classes? Ready to benefit from our trusted staff’s instruction, making sure that your children grow up with a strong set of values, a firm foundation of knowledge, and a clear sense of community?

Recent blog posts

A Day in the Life of a Religious School Student at Beth El

My name is Shayna Bennett and I’m a student teacher at Beth El. I have grown up at Beth El and have been able to call this amazing synagogue my home away from home. And now as a teenager I have the privilege of sharing my love of this place with the next generation of…

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Making Connections with South Hills Jewish Community High School!

At the South Hills Jewish Community High School, we strive to keep our post-B’nai Mitzvah teens connected to their Judaism and to each other!  The program, which is open to all South Hills Jewish teens regardless of affiliation, provides exciting opportunities for new social connections and expanded learning.  This collaborative program is held here at Beth…

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“Not a man of words”: YouTube with the Rabbi

Kids who are preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs typically schedule weekly meetings with the rabbi. During these half-hour sessions, the rabbi helps each student compose a D’var Torah (or sermon)—this may be a young person’s first experience closely interpreting a biblical text and discussing it with a teacher. As the child’s Bar or…

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