Dear Religious School Families,
As we approach the end of a great year of religious school,
we are so pleased to unveil online registration for the first time! We
hope that you enjoy the ease and convenience of our new system.
- Our tests indicate that it takes approximately 10-15 minutes
to register 2 children using our form.
- All class times and rates are listed at the top of page 2
- You will need a digital photo of your child to attach to page 3 of this form.
- Once you review and confirm your registration you will be redirected to the CBI Annual Commitment Renewal form. Please contact Pam Hanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-454-6806 with questions regarding Annual Commitment renewal.
Please read below for the
programmatic highlights you will find represented on the new form.
Grades 3-6: The Pathway to B’nai Mitzvah
This year, our registration form reflects our emphasis on
the importance of an intensive Jewish experience for our children in grades 3-6
as they approach their B’nai Mitzvah ceremony. For children in grades 3-6
who are planning on celebrating their B’nai Mitzvah at CBI, registration and
regular attendance on Sundays is required. In addition, we strongly
encourage registration and regular attendance in our Wednesday Midrasha
Midrasha provides the opportunity for students to feel truly
comfortable and at home in our synagogue. Students deepen in their
connection to tefila (prayer), Hebrew, and important areas of Jewish studies
not experienced during Sunday School, such as Shabbat, Passover, Jewish
History, and the Jewish Lifecycle. Fifth graders who register for Midrasha also
participate in our Side-by-Side Hebrew reading instructional program, which
meets on Sundays after Sunday School. In the event that Midrasha is truly
not possible for your 3-6th grader, Rabbi Epstein will be in touch
to create an alternative program with equivalent hours and similar
We make every effort for each of our children to succeed in
our program. Although Sunday School and Midrasha are just a fraction of
what happens in any family’s week, it is critical that we have open
communication about any special needs that your child may have. Our
new registration form facilitates such communication. Melanie Kaplan, our
Special Needs Coordinator, will be in touch with all families who indicate special
needs on their registration form to create a specialized program that will
benefit your child. Information on the form is confidential, and viewed
only by Rabbi Epstein, Sarah Jew, Melanie Kaplan, and ultimately the child’s
religious school teacher(s).
6th Grade Time Change – 11:30-1:30pm only
As noted in grade-level communications, after a successful
pilot class which combined 6th and 7th graders in their
own unique program, we are moving all 6th graders to a new time slot
Grades 6-10: Community-Building Experiences
We believe that intensive community-building experiences are
key in the formation of teens’ Jewish identity. Students in these grades
also voiced the desire to spend more time with students of their grade level
during Sunday School. For that reason, we are incorporating one retreat
per grade during the fall of grades 6-10. Please save the dates now and plan on
your student attending this very important part of the program.
The dates are as follows:
6th and 7th grade – GFC retreat Friday Nov. 3rd - Sunday Nov. 5th
8th grade – local camping trip Friday Oct. 20th - Sunday Oct. 22nd
9th grade – shul-in (lock-in) Saturday Sept. 16th - Sunday Sept. 17th
10th grade – GFC retreat Friday Nov. 10th - Sunday Nov. 12th
Registration for these events may include an additional fee
which will not be more than $100 per student. Most of the cost of the
registration will be already included in your regular school fees.
Thank you so much! We look forward to welcoming your children
back for another rewarding year of religious school.
Please be in touch, as always, if you have any questions.
Rabbi Rebecca Epstein, Director of Education
Sarah Jew, Education Coordinator