Parshat Kedoshim| May 9, 2019
Mazal tov to Hay Class!

We look forward to celebrating
Hay Move-up Day
Wednesday, 5/15 @ 6:45 PM

(please see below for RSVP information)

Hazak, hazak, v'nithazek
Save the date for the last two Junior Congregation services!
Saturday, May 11th 10:30 AM-12 PM
This will be Moreh Jeremy's last service at BTBJ for the year! Join us and thank him for a wonderful year!
Friday, May 17th from 6:15-7:15 PM
Do you go to Jewish Camp ? Do you want to bring your camp melodies and Shabbat traditions to BTBJ? Contact Rabbi Roni so that you can help lead our service on 5/17 as we wrap-up our year in religious school and as we get ready for camp and for summer!!!
A quick reminder that Mechina-Gimel students are expected to attend 10 Shabbat services throughout the year:
  • 3 of these must be "junior congregation"
  • 7 may be any other Friday night or Shabbat morning service at BTBJ
  • However, 2 of the 7 are permitted to be services attended outside of BTBJ IF you fill out and turn in to Rabbi Roni a Shabbat Reflection Sheet within 2 weeks of service.

Have questions about the number of services your child(ren) have attended? Ask Rabbi Roni or Mindy!

Students who have met the requirement will be acknowledged at our closing program!
It is hard to believe the year is drawing to a close! Here is a quick guide to all of the last days of religious school!
  • Last Tuesday is 5/14/19
  • Last Wednesday is 5/15/19
  • Last Saturday is 5/18/19
  • Last Sunday is 5/19/19
(closing assembly 11:45-12:30)
  • Last day Kesher Teens is 5/22/19 (pool party!)
  • FYI, our phone system has not been working properly. If you cannot connect with us by phone, kindly email us at or text or call 215-530-2007. Thank you!

  • HAY CLASS: Save the date for Hay Class Move-up Day, Wednesday, May 15th. We hope you can join us as we honor the Hay Students and celebrate our Hay teachers. Click here to RSVP!

  • RELIGIOUS SCHOOL CLOSING ASSEMBLY: Parents are invited to join us on Sunday, May 19th at 11:45 AM in the sanctuary for our religious school closing assembly. Join as we look back on our excited year of learning and as we celebrate our faculty and staff!

  • TEENS: Are you thinking about helping out in the BTBJ Religious School as a madrich/madrichah? Check out this amazing blog post by Dylan Smith! This year Dylan has been a TAP Fellow through the Jewish Learning Venture, where he gets to meet teens from other synagogues and learn how to work with students with special needs and those experiencing difficulty in the congregational classroom setting. Rabbi Roni is looking for more teens to help out in our classrooms during the 2019-2020 academic year! Please be in touch with Rabbi Roni if you are thinking about volunteering or if you would like more information about volunteering in our religious school next year.

  • Now that it is getting warmer, teachers may wish to take their students outside for part of the day during religious school. Please be sure your child(ren) are dressed for the weather so that they are ready to take advantage of the beautiful and spacious grounds at BTBJ!

  • Parents of students on Colonial Bus/Van: If your child will NOT be riding the bus/van to or from BTBJ on a particular day, please let us know by 3PM on Tuesday so that we can alert our bus chaperones and van driver. We do not want to hold up bus departure tracking down missing students. Please email Mindy at to let her know of any changes.

  • LOST & FOUND: Do any of these items belong to your child(ren)? Please pick them up in the BTBJ office. All items will be donated if not picked up before the last day of religious school. Thanks!
  • Turquoise hooded zip up Underarmour sweatshirt
  • Force of nature Water bottle
  • Books: Field Tripped, Positively Izzy
Please be sure to look through the BTBJ Religious School Parent Handbook i n order to review information about our mission, goals, objectives by class, as well as dismissal and arrival information. Questions? Contact Rabbi Roni .
Check out the BTBJ Calendar for a complete listing of all of our upcoming events!
As Ben and Claire Getson prepare to become B’nai Mitzvah and enter into increased responsibility in life, they want to perform a mitzvah, meaning to help others, by raise money for CHOP as they have been doing since their brother was hospitalized. Since his accident, they have raised money to donate to CHOP through lemonade stands. If you wish yo support the project or learn more, visit their fundraising site !