375 Aberdeen Ave., Hamilton, ON L8P 2R7 | 905-522-1351 | office@bethjacobsynagogue.ca

Hebrew School

Hebrew School

At Beth Jacob Hebrew School, we aspire for our students to emerge as lifelong learners with the connectedness, knowledge and skills necessary to participate actively and meaningfully in a Jewish life.

  • Identify as a member of k’lal Yisrael (the world Jewish community)
  • Live ethical Jewish lives.
  • Perform acts of Tikkun Olam (“repairing the world”)
  • Participate actively and with understanding in prayer services
  • Be familiar with both written and spoken Hebrew.
  • Perform mitzvot 
  • Demonstrate a connection to and love for the State of Israel
  • Understand Jewish history


Our program provides a rejuvenated and highly experiential approach to Jewish education. In class, our dynamic staff works with a progressive curriculum to give your children an interactive, stimulating, relevant and FUN Jewish education. Our teachers have the flexibility to scale the program to the needs of their students, and our small class sizes promote a sense of closeness and enable our staff to give the students considerable one-on-one attention.


Beth Jacob Synagogue is a joyful and caring home where young families can embrace their Jewish identity and explore the importance of Jewish values, learning, and community. Our education program is thoroughly integrated with the life of the entire congregation, and adult community members are partners in learning with our children.

Registration Information

To plan appropriately for the year, we need to know how many students to expect; with that in mind, we ask that you submit your registration form as well as your written bursary request BY AUGUST 13th.

The Year-At-A-Glance school calendar can be accessed here. A Month-At-A-Glance calendar will be shared with families in advance to accommodate for any changes and provide more detail on programs.


Wednesdays 4:30-6:15 pm
The school will be open by 3:45 pm each Wednesday to welcome students for an after-school snack (which we will provide) and newly implemented structured social time which may include Israeli games, mini-fitness class, and homework catch-up time.
Hebrew School will officially begin at 4:30 pm. This time from 3:45-4:30 pm is intended to serve as optional bonus time for the children to spend together! Staff will be there to supervise.

Kindergarten – Gr.7 Post B’nai Mitzvah
(Pod grouping will depend on final registration)

At 4:30 everyone will join in the Richter Chapel for T’fillah (prayer), Parsha and Shira (songs) with Rabbi Hillel and teaching staff
Classes will follow until 6:15 (two 45 min. sessions).

School-wide programs with Temple Anshe Sholom Hebrew School
We will also have 4 collaborative learning programs with Temple Anshe Sholom Hebrew School on the following dates:

October 3rd – The Book of Beresheet Program JK- Gr.7 at Temple

December 12th- Chanukah (@ Shalom Village)

January 16th – Tu Bishvat Program Location TBD

April 10th- Passover program at BJS

Grades 5-7 Pre-and B’nai Mitzvah
This year, the curriculum for students in grades 5-7 will be divided into Hebrew and Judaics. In Hebrew, students will focus on mastering their Hebrew and prayer proficiency. The Judaics component will explore life -cycles, values and choice making. Students will take on projects aimed at enhancing their understanding of their B’nai Mitzvah identity and responsibilities. There will also be field trips, guest speakers or project leaders, and joint learning with Temple Anshe Sholom’s B’nai Mitzvah class.

Shabbat/Holiday Programming
September 10 – Rosh Hashanah Family Service (10-10:45am)
September 11- Rosh Hashanah Family Service with David Gershon
September 19 – Yom Kippur family service (10:30-11:15am)
September 23- Pizza in the Hut, Sukkah decorating (4:00-6:00pm)
October 1 – Simchat Torah fun 6 pm
Nov 10 – B’nei Mitzvah Leadership Class hosting Beth Tzedec’s B’nei Mitzvah
class and USY Kadimah Shabbaton (Morning service through Havdallah)
December 5 – Congregational Chanukah Dinner (6-8pm)
January 5– Wine Tasting Havdallah and children program (7-8:30)
February 2 – Family Focused Shabbat morning service
March 20 – Erev Purim
April 12 – Friday Night Dinner and Service
May 9 – Community Wide Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration
June 8 – Tikkun Leyl Shavuot – Family focused service and learning

Information about these programs will be shared via flyers, email and via the Beth Jacob e-circle a month in advance.

Optional Classes

Hebrew Language Enrichment
Mondays 4:15-5:00/5:00-5:45pm
We continue building on the optional opportunity to further develop the students’ Hebrew Language skills. This year we are introducing an additional on-line component which is reflected in the course cost. For those families who are interested, teachers will be overseeing this Hebrew enrichment class every Monday beginning October 15th. Beginner/Intermediate levels will be offered from 4:15-5:00 and Intermediate/Advanced will run from 5:00 to 5:45 (each student’s level will be determined in the first weeks of Wednesday Hebrew school).
*At least ten students need to register for this class to run.
**There will be an extra fee for this class, in addition to the Wednesday Hebrew school tuition.
***Students will need access to a working tablet or laptop in class.

B’Yachad- Post B’nai Mitzvah Learning and Engagement
Classes will start on October 3rd and run on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:15 pm. Details regarding dates where class will not be in session can be found on the school calendar.  The Year-At-A-Glance school calendar can be accessed here.
For grades 8-10 students, the B’Yachad (Together) learning and engagement opportunity will continue with Temple Anshe Sholom. The program will take place at Beth Jacob until January 30th and then at Temple Anshe Sholom. This collaborative opportunity will combine Jewish ethics and values and opportunities to implement these values, “hands-on” with-in the greater community.

Adults Only Beginner’s Hebrew Class (ABH)
Class will start on October 17th and run on Wednesdays from 6:45 – 7:30pm.
Many parents have expressed the desire to read with their children Hebrew. This class will introduce adults to the mechanics and skills needed to decode the Hebrew alphabet. Vocabulary will be introduced, and confidence will boost! 

Annual Tuition Fees
NOTE: Tuition includes Hebrew School (including snacks and before-class social time), Shabbat Programming, PLUS the congregational Chanukah dinner (Wednesday December 5th, 2018) and the Friday night dinner and service (April 12, 2019) for the student and her/his immediate family (parents and siblings who are not Hebrew School age).

Wednesdays – JK-Grade 7:
Beth Jacob Member Tuition: $750
Non-Member Tuition: $845
Monday Hebrew Language Class: $350
B’Yachad: $450
Adult only Beginners Hebrew class $350

Tuition can be paid in-full or in installments over the first term. Payment plans and bursaries are available for families that require them. 
Requests for payment plans or bursaries must be made in writing along with the registration forms by August 13, 2018.
All requests will be kept confidential.

If paying by credit card, please fill out the payment portion provided on the registration form or contact the office at 905-522-1351. If paying by cheque, make cheques payable to “Beth Jacob Synagogue” and deliver or mail it to the synagogue at the address below. 
All fees must be paid by January 31, 2019

Forms & cheques can be delivered or mailed to:
C/O Beth Jacob Synagogue
375 Aberdeen Avenue
Hamilton ON L8P 2R7

Forms and bursary request can also be emailed to Einav at einav@bethjacobsynagogue.ca.

Registration forms are available at this link.