Religious School

Vision Statement:

The vision of the Beth Samuel Jewish Center Religious School is a community which nurtures a positive Jewish identity in our children by cultivating the knowledge and skills to live a meaningful Jewish life.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to enrich the lives of our students and families through educational experiences that promote a sense of community and a lifelong commitment to Judaism. We achieve this within a warm, welcoming atmosphere by teaching Jewish history and traditions, fostering development of Jewish values, establishing a foundation for home and synagogue participation, and exploring our relationship to the larger Jewish community.

All religious school programming is on Sundays from 9 am- 12:00 pm, to simplify family scheduling and transporting. New family? We'd love to have you - contact us. (Financial assistance, for fees, is available.)

The Religious School Year begin in September and runs through May. Children should arrive by 8:45 so that classes can begin promptly at 9:00. A parent meeting will take place on the first day of school, and parental involvement throughout the year is vital to our success.

We are committed to the idea that our future as Jews lies with our children. Therefore, our religious school focuses on helping each child develop a positive Jewish identity. This is accomplished through a curriculum which includes Hebrew language, history, prayers and holidays. Our children also participate in special projects and other Jewish community events in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Children can begin attending Religious School as early as their pre-school years. They learn songs, do special projects and learn about what it means to be Jewish in ways that are fun and enriching. As the children get older, age appropriate lessons teach the children more complex and complicated issues in Judaism, as well as more in-depth Hebrew language skills. Snacks and services are also included. Religious School is held from September through May.

Students are tutored for their bar- or bat-mitzvah for nine months prior to the ceremony, to ensure that they are prepared not only for this exciting event, but also to lead a fulfilling Jewish life.

Talmidim Katanim - Little Learners

If you have a child who is age 3 - 5 years old, please join us for our preschool learning adventures. We tell stories, sing songs, and make crafts to learn all about Jewish holidays. We meet one Sunday a month from 10:30 am - Noon.


For information on enrolling in religious school, contact the Beth Samuel Office at, at 724-266-5238, or by completing the form below.

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