School FAQ

What is the time commitment for each grade (i.e. one day of Hebrew School and Sunday or just Sunday)?

Pre K-2nd grade students attend school on Sunday mornings only. 3rd-7th grade students attend Sunday mornings and one weekday afternoon.

8th and 9th attend Wednesday evening.

How do I register my child for the Religious School?

Click HERE to register for religious school for 2018-2019.

Whom should I contact at the Religious School office?

To learn more about the Religious School program, please contact our Education Director, Carly Valfer (, 847-945-0470 ext. 109). For questions about school scheduling, how to register for school, report absences or early pickup, to schedule a tour, or other general information, please contact our School Administrative Assistant, Sue Brin (, 847-945-0470 ext. 102).

What day(s) of the week will my child attend?

Day of the Week Time Grade
Sunday 9:00 am-11:00 am

9:00 am-10:00 am

9:00 am-12:00 pm


Family Programming (assigned by grade)

Kindergarten-7th Grade

Tuesday 4:30 pm-6:30 pm 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Grade
Wednesday 4:30 pm-6:30 pm 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Grade
Wednesday 6:00 pm-8:00 pm 8th and 9th  grade

What is the cost?

For information about Religious School costs, please contact the Religious School Administrator Sue Brin (, 847-945-0470 ext. 102).

Is there a Shabbat requirement for my student?

A Shabbat requirement is an important part of our academic program. Students in 3rd through 6th grades are required to attend a minimum of 6 Shabbat services for the academic year. They may attend the Simchat Shabbat service, Junior Congregation Shabbat service, or the Main Sanctuary Service. We will be counting Friday evening services and Shabbat morning services at B’nai Tikvah to fulfill this requirement.

Is my child’s grade assigned a Shabbat service to attend?

Yes. Please see school calendar for assigned dates.

My child has a food allergy. What is your policy?

Parents must be sensitive to and respectful of the needs of all of the children in their child’s class. We are a peanut and tree nut free school. We appreciate all Religious School parents’ understanding and compliance with these critically important guidelines. While we make every effort to ensure no such nuts are present in the school, we remain a multi-use facility and cannot guarantee that children will not come in contact with peanut or tree nut residue inside the building. Allergies to other foods (including but not limited to eggs, dairy products, soy, seeds, fruits, honey, or gluten) will be handled on a case-by-case basis in that child’s classroom. Certain restrictions may be placed on all the children in that classroom (in addition to the prohibition on peanuts and tree nuts described above).

How do I know if school is cancelled because of inclement weather?

If Deerfield Schools are closed, B’nai Tikvah will automatically be closed. Please do not call the school or the synagogue office, since we may be snowed in and at home. You will be notified by email. The decision to close school due to inclement weather will be made based on our teachers’ abilities to get to school. You can also consult the Emergency Closing Center website:

Can teens work in the school as teacher-aides?

All B’nai Tikvah members who are 8th-12th grade students are potential madrichim who work on Sunday mornings from 9:00am-12:00pm.

What is a madrich (masculine) or madrichah (feminine)?

They are our in-classroom teacher assistants and much more! The Religious School considers our madrichim to be guides for younger students towards a positive religious school experience by demonstrating their involvement, their skills at collaboration, and their initiative. To apply to be a madrich/madrichah, please visit our madrichim page.

Do parents ever participate in the Religious School?

We encourage parents to attend our Open House, accompany children on field trips, join at special performances, attend family education workshops, assemblies and activities. Parents are also encouraged to attend our family educational programs on Sunday mornings. Please see calendar for assigned dates.

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