B’Yachad Religious School
B’Yachad is a synagogue-based community-focused, collaborative Religious School located in Montgomery County, Maryland, serving students from Kol Shalom, Shaare Torah, and Tikvat Israel congregations. We are committed to our children’s and community’s futures by investing in Jewish education, family and youth programming, and Shabbat and holiday experiences. Children will gain an understanding of Jewish values and customs that will be integrated into their home lives through family partnerships.
B’Yachad Religious School Mission, Vision, & Goals
Students at B’Yachad will build a strong lifelong connection to the Jewish community.
At B’Yachad our mission is to provide our children with the skills to become lifelong leaders in the Jewish community by instilling a sense of kedusha. Our students will gain a sense of pride, understanding, passion, and appreciation for our unique Jewish identity, Jewish heritage, and Jewish life. The curriculum promotes Jewish values, knowledge, and practice through experience and instruction in Hebrew, Torah, tefillah, Jewish History, Israel, Jewish culture (including the arts and music), as well as Jewish observances, traditions, and the celebration of the Jewish holidays. The integration of Jewish values, traditions, and observances into our students’ lives can best be accomplished through attending TI Religious School, youth programming, Shabbat and holiday services, attending Jewish summer camps, and at home.
- To partner with families to create unique Jewish experiences at TI and at home
- To build links between the TI community and the Jewish community at large
- To teach Jewish values as a way of life.
- To teach synagogue skills, including reading Hebrew and understanding tefilot, in order for the student to feel competent and comfortable in the synagogue.
- To help students begin to develop their personal theology and relationship with God through Torah, Avodah and G’milut Chasadim – acts of loving kindness.
- To teach our history, cultural heritage, and contemporary Israel in order to foster Jewish identity and participation in the world Jewish community.
- To teach students that Jewish involvement and education includes Shabbat and holiday worship, experiential learning, and family involvement.
- To foster creativity in and outside of the classroom environment.
Curriculum and Learning:
Our curriculum focuses on seven different categories of Jewish education: Hebrew and Vocabulary, Tefillah, Jewish Values, Torah, Israel, Jewish History, and Family Partnerships. Students gain knowledge from each category each year they are in TI Religious School classes. As students grow, their knowledge and understanding deepens. Family partnerships are just as important to our curriculum as any other subject. A large part of Judaism is conducted in the home setting. Parent support is important to the success of their student’s learning.