B'nai Jeshurun Congregation


The Bessie Hershey Religious School

August, 2017


(What's Up?)  

Calendar of Events




Back to School BBQ

Shabbat Rocks!



Congregational Picnic





First day Bet Limmud



First day Shabbat School & Opening Lunch



7th - 12th grade trip to St. Herman's



Erev Rosh Hashanah



Rosh Hashanah - 9/21 & 9/22



Kol Nidre



Yom Kippur - No school

Be sure to visit the  Bnai Jeshurun 
website for frequent updates.

Religious School

Office at

Your Fingertips



Rabbi Josh Foster

Education Engagement Rabbi

Ext. 124


Barbara Rosenfeld

Executive Educator

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Wendy Altmire

Admin. Assist.

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Shirley Haas

Admin. Assist.

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Julie Sukert

Early Childhood Director

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Dana Blocker

Youth Director

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27501 Fairmount Blvd.
Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124
This Friday, August 18 - 5:45pm

Come for dinner , hear about our new and exciting programs and stay for our last Shabbat Rocks! of the season.
$10/adult; $6/child; children under two years old are free. Siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles are all welcome to attend! RSVP to Wendy Altmire.
Shalom Parents,
I hope you enjoyed a great summer, and here at B'nai Jeshurun we're looking forward to an exciting year with you and your children. Our program will begin with Bet Limmud on Tuesday, September 5th, and our first Shabbat will be September 9th. Please join us at our Back to School Shabbat lunch on September 9th at noon. Come see old friends, meet new people and enjoy Shabbat together as a community!
This year, our theme is Kehillah Kedosha, Building Sacred Community. Throughout the year, we are focusing on building our community, with class bonding activities, school-wide programs, programs for families and Shabbatons that bring everyone together for immersive Jewish experiences.
I value your input to make our school the best place it can be and would love your involvement with our education committee, helping to strengthen our community and support our school. As I continue to work with our talented faculty, staff and education committee to shape our school moving into the future, stay tuned for updates and new programs that you can take advantage of in the quickly approaching school year. I look forward to a wonderful year with you!
Josh Foster
Education Engagement Rabbi
 Religious School Opening Dates

Opening Date
Shabbat Morning
Grades Pre-k through 2nd
9:00 am-12 noon
Saturday, September 9
Bet Limmud: Tuesdays
Grades 3 through 6
4:15-6:00 pm
Tuesday, September 5
Shabbat Morning
Grades 3 through 6
9:00 am - 12 noon
Saturday, September 9
Sunday Morning
Grades 7 through 12
9:30 am-11:30 am

Sunday, September 10
If you have not registered for school, click here for registration form.

Congregational Picnic
Sunday, August 20
11 am - 2 pm  

New This Year:
* Bike, Scooter and Wagon  Decorating Station & Parade
    Noon-1 pm: Decorating Station;  1 pm: The Parade
* Inflatable Hungry Hungry Hippos

Free & Open to the Community

Grown-Up Wheels  - Display your vintage or unique cars and motorcycles at our annual show. Contact Shani Kadis to learn more and participate.

Volunteers Needed - We are looking for helping hands to set-up, run activities, sell food and clean-up. You can register for a shift  here or contact  Shani Kadis. Your help will make our picnic successful and fun for everyone!

Family Programming

1st Day Rosh Hashanah - Thursday, September 21 and
Yom Kippur - Saturday, September 30 * 11 am
Family High Holy Day Service (Halpern Hall)
The power of a family experience can add incredible depth of meaning, particularly at a time that holds so much sanctity. These services, led by Rabbi Josh and Alan Goldweber, will allow adults and children to sit together, pray together, and experience the holy days together.
These family services follow the familiar liturgy with a creative approach, opportunities for participation, and most importantly, many special moments that revolve around the family unit. For this reason, we ask that children who attend these services be accompanied by at least one related adult (or have their child join with a friend's family).
Young Childrens' Holiday Experience (Gottlieb Auditorium)
This holiday experience combines singing, storytelling, movement, unique project stations and the sounds of the shofar to create an enjoyable holiday experience for families with young children.
As usual our traditional family-friendly service will take place in the Gross Schechter Day School Auditorium.

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah - Friday, September 22 * 10:30 am
Young Family Service with Rabbi Rudin-Luria - (Halpern Hall) - newborn-1st grade
A special program based on the holiday and full of wonderful surprises.
2nd - 8th Grade Service with Rabbi Foster - (Gottlieb Auditorium)
Teen Programming - TBA

Child Care
1st & 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur * 10 am - 1 pm
Children ages 18 months to 5 years can join together in play and activities in Rooms 1 and 2.
Child care is also available at Gross Schechter Day School on 1st Day Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Teen Programming
(Grades 6th - 12th)
1st Day Rosh Hashanah - Thursday, September 21
11 am * Nickman Chapel
Speaker from Providence House
Providence House is a crisis nursery committed to child abuse prevention and family preservation in the Cleveland area. It offers free, voluntary emergency shelter to children (newborn through 10 years old) actively living in crisis situations which place them at risk of abuse or neglect.
Yom Kippur, Saturday, September 30
11 am * Nickman Chapel
Speaker from The Ohio Innocence Project
Speaker: Ricky Jackson

The Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) seeks to identify and assist prison inmates who claim to be actually innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted.

St. Herman's House of Hospitality
Sunday, September 10 
9:30 am - 1:00 pm

6th - 12th graders will kick off the 2017 school year with a mitzvah!

Meet at BJC and ride a bus together to St. Herman's to help out around the house and serve lunch. Dress for the weather. RSVP to Youth & Learning Center.

Jr. Kadima (4th & 5th Graders)
Welcome Back Event
Sunday, September 17
Corner Alley Bowling and Ice Cream at Mitchells

Bus will leave B'nai Jeshurun at 12 noon and return at 2:30 pm
$10 Jr. Kadima Members $20 nonmembers

All 4th-5th graders and their Jewish friends are welcome

Cleveland USY Havdallah and Campfire
Saturday, September 9 * 8:15 - 10:30 pm

Free! Location TBD.
RSVP to Youth & Learning Center
Sundays with Sammy Spider
Sunday, September 10 * 9:30 am

Join Sammy Spider, of the favorite Jewish  children's book series, as we enjoy a fun  morning for little ones, ages 18 months to  4 years, with an adult. There will be songs  and movement, a Sammy story, craft and  snack. Free. RSVP to Julie Sukert

Future dates: October 15, November 12, December 10,
January 14.