Religious School

Academy 2021-2022

Here is the latest calendar for the year.  For detailed curricular information and anything you can’t find below, view our Academy FAQ.

Questions? Contact Director of Education and young Family Programming Aaron Frankel, aaron.frankel@bhbe.org.

Scroll down to learn about the 2021-2022 Academy program!

Vibrant Sunday Mornings (K – 12th)

Core Judaic Curriculum

Students discover Judaism in an experiential environment. Torah, Jewish Values, Holidays, Synagogue, Tikkun Olam, Tefillah, Hebrew, Ritual, Israel, Lifecycle, History.

Project-based Learning

Kindergarten through second graders learn through fun activities, using all the senses. Plus Israeli dance, music, art and more!

Third through seventh graders explore Jewish holidays in their choice of  Theater, Art, Music, and Cooking, and develop rich, celebratory presentations for the community.

(Sunday programming will be structured with safety and flexibility in mind, and may evolve and shift as needed based on conditions and family priorities.)

Personalized, Flexible Hebrew

The Hebrew Curriculum is personalized for each student, based on level, grade, and the interests/priorities of the child and family. (3rd-7th grades.) This can include Torah trope, extra B’nai Mitzvah practice, learning to lead the Shabbat morning service, advanced conversational Hebrew, and more. Virtual on Tuesdays, or at a convenient time. Individually, in pairs, or in groups of three.

My children love how the Hebrew is designed for them! Larry P., Wilmette

Our 11-year-old son loves the individualized Hebrew, working with two other children who will be celebrating their B’nai Mitzvah around the same time. All three should be able to lead the entire first half of their services. Along the way our son has discovered something he truly enjoys, built his confidence, and surpassed his parents in his Hebrew skills—we couldn’t be prouder.  Daniel G., Glenview

Friendship, Family & Community

Ongoing Opportunities for Connection

Family programs, Shabbat and holiday celebrations, community events, class get-togethers, school presentations, and more.  (Family Programming will outdoors when possible, and always structured with safety and flexibility in mind. Events may evolve and shift as needed based on conditions.)

My kids always feel like they’re a part of something. Shoshanna R.  Skokie

My favorite thing about BHBE is that it is welcoming and inclusive of everyone, regardless of how observant you are. Stacy B.  Glenview

Tuesday Explorations (3rd – 7th)

Our virtual Tuesday experience weaves together individualized and partnered Hebrew with unique opportunities to explore Jewish history and tradition around the world. Tours of vibrant Jewish communities, museums and historical sites. Conversations with Jewish musicians, artists, filmmakers, authors, and scholars.

The dedicated teaching staff has been fantastic. Allison K.  Evanston

High-school Age Mentors

Madrikhim Fully Integrated into Program

High school students serve as mentored aides in the program, providing role models for their younger siblings and friends. 

2021-2022 Academy FAQ

For tuition and membership information, curriculum breakdowns, school calendars, and more, click here!

For questions, a conversation about our programming, youth Shabbat and holiday services and events, or anything else, please contact Director of Education and Young Family Programming, Aaron Frankel.

The Mission of the BHBE Academy

THE MISSION of the BHBE Academy is to nurture a thriving community of Jewish students and families, balancing cultural, ritual, and community experiences with core understandings and skills, infused with a deep appreciation for the Hebrew language. We strive to provide students with the tools they will need to lead a meaningful Jewish life in the present time, in an environment that is vibrant, energized, and experientially powerful.

BHBE Academy & Family Virtual Whole Megillah

This winter, we asked families in the school and congregation to create short videos based on components of the Purim story. We took these contributions and assembled them into the BHBE FAMILY VIRTUAL WHOLE MEGILLAH!

To view and experience, Click Here!

BHBE Academy & Family Virtual Seder

We asked families in the school and congregation to create videos of 90 seconds or less based on components of the Passover Seder. Then we added conversations and songs with students via Zoom, and wove together the results. Thanks to all those who contributed videos and photos and more! Thanks as well to our Academy teachers and to Cantor Roytman!

To View and Experience, Click here!

Academy in the News

On December 15, 2019 our Academy students participated in the BHBE Hanukkah Celebration with a great drama performance! Check out the article in the Wilmette Beacon here!

On March 18, 2018, we had a multimedia experience Seder, which included a circus performance. Make sure to check out the article in the Wilmette Life here and in the Wilmette Beacon here!

Sample Shachrit Prayers:

Eloheinu Veylohei Avoteinu

Ahavah Rabba