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Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 Academy year! To register now, click here.

If you will be requesting financial assistance, please contact Executive Director Michael Kahn prior to registration. 

Here is the calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.



The mission of the BHBE Academy is to nurture a thriving community of Jewish students and families, balancing cultural and community experiences with core understandings and skills, infused with a deep appreciation for the Hebrew language.

We aim to provide students with the skills, values, and understanding to lead a meaningful Jewish life in the present time, in an environment that is vibrant, energized, and experientially powerful.



Grades K - 2: Hebrew vocabulary and Jewish life vocabulary are introduced through movement, conversation, art, and games.  Hebrew letter are added to the mix in grade 1, and basic Hebrew reading in grade 2.

Grades 3 - 7:  Every student receives 40 minutes per week of 2 on 1 Hebrew (one teacher/two students.) These sessions are personalized based on the level, grade, and the interests/priorities of the child and families. They can include Torah Trope, extra B'nai Mitzvah practice, advanced modern Hebrew, and more. All Hebrew reading and skill practice takes place in these small sessions, and not during class time.

The Hebrew Through Movement program is incorporated into our younger grades, where Hebrew vocabulary is taught via active commands.


In our K/1 dynamic introductory experience, students explore the Jewish holidays, Israel, Tikkun Olam, and Tzedakah. Learning includes all the senses -- sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste.

For grade  2, we use the Shalom Learning core curriculum, where each lesson is based on a different Jewish value, and incorporates holidays, Jewish text, Hebrew, and art. Students also learn about and emulate Jewish authors or artists whose work relates to the value and/or holiday being covered.

For grades 3 - 7, we use the Etgar Yesodi core curriculum which was developed by the Jewish Theological Seminary.  Etgar Yesodi:

  • Builds on students' prior knowledge and current experience
  • Empowers students to articular positive Jewish identities
  • Builds breadth and depth in students' understanding and observance of Judaism
  • Incorporates findings in educational research, such as the power of cooperative learning, the value of addressing multiple intelligences and the importance of differentiating instruction.

There are bimonthly Moving Traditions groups for students in grades 8 - 11. Moving Traditions is a program that connects the issues teens care about most -- such as body image, friendship, romance, sexuality, and social and academy pressure -- to enduring Jewish values, fosters positive peer-to-peer relationships, and inspires participants to develop an ongoing connection to Jewish community.

Our vibrant Madrikh Program for students in grades 9 - 12 allows students to mentor the younger children and aid the teachers. We also have a confirmation class with the rabbi and guest educators for our 11th graders.  



We asked families in the Academy and other congregants with school-age children 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!



For our Academy closing program last spring, which took place virtually, we went around the "room" and had each family sing a little bit of Oseh Shalom, which we later wove together into this Oseh Shalom video! It was fun and vibrant experience and everyone present left feeling energized and full of joy! 

View the Oseh Shalom Video Here.   



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 Marcy 18th, 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!


For more information, please contact Aaron Frankel, Director of Education & Family Engagement.
847 256-1213

Wed, December 2 2020 16 Kislev 5781