Religious School

Religious School at Beth David Synagogue

Beth David Religious School

Beth David is expanding its options for parents and students this year! We continue to ask students to come twice a week. Our weekend focus will be with Shabbat Club on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. These will happen every other week, typically the first and third Saturdays each month.

One Sunday a month, we will gather for a Family Education/Holiday program on a Sunday morning from 10:00-12:00 a.m.

Our weekday classes will now meet on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Each semester you choose which day of the week works best for your family’s schedule! For busy student athletes, who cannot attend a Shabbat Club or Sunday morning session, they can choose to come twice during the week. These weekday sessions will be small groups or tutoring sessions.

Our faculty this year will be Mike Backfield, Lee Bretan, and Boaz Avraham-Katz.

Please contact Rabbi Ross with any questions about religious school via email or call his direct line at 336. 235.7731

Religious School Enrollment Forms for Pre-K and Grades K-8

Registration forms can be found here: Pre-K J.E.T.T. 2016-17 application is here and  Beth David Religious School enrollment 2016-2017 application is here.
(Both are fill-in PDF forms. Please complete them in your browser, PRINT them and return them to the Beth David Office.)

Shabbat Club

Shabbat Club Beth David Synagogue

“Shabbat Club”: Saturday, September 17, 2016 through May 6, 2017

We have a Shabbat-centered approach to Beth David’s religious school. This year, Shabbat Club will meet every other week, typically the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Beth David Religious school families, B’nai Shalom families, and unaffiliated families are invited to join us for this exciting morning of stories, songs and play!

Each week we will have:

  • Learner’s Minyan – brief family services where we can all learn about the structure, choreography and meaning of the Shabbat prayers.
  • Small-group Student Discussions – Age-appropriate discussions on Jewish Morals, Values & Ethics.
  • Snack and free time – we serve organic, vegetarian snacks before supervised free time on the playground or in the gymnasium.
  • Library time – younger students will get time at B’nai Shalom’s library, as the older students have their discussions.
  • Tot Shabbat – Each week of Shabbat Club, we will have a fun Tot Shabbat for toddlers and pre-K kids at 10:00 am.

Shabbat Club will run from 9:30 am -11:30 a.m. to coincide with the end of services.


About Rabbi Michael Ross

My background in Conservative settings includes:

teaching in my childhood shul school,
supervising a Hebrew High School branch in Los Angeles,
teaching Torah to high schoolers in the Philly suburbs,
running the Or Shalom school in Berwyn, PA,
and earning my Master’s of Education from American Jewish University in Los Angeles.

It was at AJU where I met my wife, Rabbi Rachel Brown, as she was finishing her rabbinic studies. I have taught Torah Study to adults for the past 10 years at my wife’s former shul, Bnai Jacob, in Phoenixville. Additionally, I recently joined the Jewish Educators Assembly, which is the Conservative movement’s professional group for its education directors.