We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming summer camp and fall 2020 school year programs at Gates of Discovery: The Rose and George Teller Preschool of Shaare Tefila. As always, the opening of registration for the upcoming year is an exciting time. As a staff, we have already begun planning for next year and this is another major step in the process  While the summer and fall may seem far away, they will be here before we know it. 

For registration materials, please contact Beth Adler at or 301-593-3410 ext. 105

*To find more information, visit the Gates of Discovery website!*

Chavaya-Religious School

JOIN US FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR – Looking for an engaging, liberal Jewish education program for your child? We offer free tuition for grades K-2 and have a unique two-day-a-week program for grades 3-7 which combines in person and online learning, plus teen education on Sunday mornings. Register on ChaverWeb or if you would like to learn more please contact Babette Cohn, Director of Education & Programming.

The Mission of the Chavaya Religious School at Shaare Tefila is to provide the children of Shaare Tefila with:

  • A familiarity and knowledge of Jewish traditions,
  • Love and respect for Torah,
  • Connection to the people of and the land of Israel,
  • An understanding of Jewish history, and
  • Fostering a sense of responsibility to our world through Derech Eretz (ethical decency) and Tikkun Olam.

Keeping in mind the following core values our students learn that they are part of the sacred community that is Shaare Tefila Congregation:

  • KEHILAH KEDOSHAH – We are a “holy community”
  • SHALOM BAYIT – “Peace in the house”
  • KAVOD – “Respect” or “Honor”
  • CHESED – “Kindness” or “Loving kindness”

Class Schedule:
Grades K-2:  Sundays 9:30-12:00
Grades 3-7:  Sundays 9:30-12:00, plus 30 minutes of Hebrew tutoring online each week.
Teens:  Sundays, 9:30-12:00, twice a month for classroom topics and field trips. 

                                                          *The Chavaya Religious School Calendar is here*

For more information or questions, contact Director of Education & Programming Babette Cohn or by phone at 301-593-3410 ext 106. 

Adult Learning

Ongoing classes: New participants always welcome!

  • First Wednesday with the Rabbi – 7:45pm-9pm
    Join Rabbi Layman on the first Wednesday evening of the month as we explore contemporary issues from a Jewish perspective. “The focus of this first year of the class (October through June) will be the newly published book Modern Conservative Judaism: Evolving Thought and Practice by Elliot N. Dorff. Why are we affiliated with Shaare Tefila? What does it mean to be a Conservative Jew? How can Jewish thought influence our lives today? These questions and more will be explored.” If you can’t make this class you can watch on Youtube.
  • Friday mornings – 9:30-10:30 – Torah Class
    What does the Torah teach us? What do the traditional commentaries add to our understanding? How is the Five Books of Moses relevant to our lives today? These questions and more are explored as we delve into the text in the English translation.
  • Sunday mornings – 9:30-10:30 – Talmud class
    “Two people grab a garment; one says ‘it’s mine’ and the other says ‘it’s mine’”. Join our Talmud class as we explore this section of the Talmud and learn how the rabbis 1500 years ago made Jewish law and practice meaningful and contemporary.
  • Sunday mornings – 10:30-11:30 – Intermediate Hebrew
    Do you know how to read Hebrew? Would you like to practice to become a more fluent reader? Join this class as we use the prayerbook as our text. Not only will we practice reading Hebrew but we’ll also explore the origin and meaning of the liturgy.

Bar / Bat Mitzvah Training

Coming Soon

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