The Jewish Community Religious School is a special place where all Jewish children in Central Oregon are welcome. It is a place where teachers can connect with students and not only share knowledge and create lifelong learners, but help to foster relationships among young families in Bend and the surrounding areas. We are a small community and depend on parent volunteers to help our teachers on Sundays, as well as organize special events.
From Religious School education to Hebrew lessons, to Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation to continuing education courses, our curriculum strives to serve everyone, from our youngest early learners to our teenagers eager to continue their Jewish education.
Our religious school serves all - we are not affiliated with any one congregation, and membership to a particular synagogue, while encouraged, is not required.
MEET OUR school COMMUNITY
K/1 JUDAICA &
HEBREW YEAR 1
Mimi moved to Bend with her family in 2007 to establish the Chabad Jewish Center in Central Oregon. She is passionate about sharing her love of Jewish traditions and the warmth and joy of Judaism with all in our community. She has been teaching in our community Religious School and Hebrew School since 2012 and loves watching the students grow over the years.
SARA JO SLATE
Sara Jo has worked with the school for the past ten years, and both of her children have been through the religious school and Hebrew School program. She is a former classroom teacher and currently works as a homeschool coach.
Noah grew up in south Florida, and went to school in Israel. He loves hiking, camping, rock climbing and really anything outside! His goal is to explore our Jewish homeland, history and experience together.
HEBREW YEAR 2
ALEX CHARNEY COHEN
Alex is originally from Lexington, KY but has lived all around the US,
with a 3 year work assignment in Israel for HP. He originally learned Hebrew fluently during a gap year between high school and college. He has taught Hebrew School and Sunday School off and on for the past 25 years, the last 13 in Bend. He loves spending time with his family, as well as playing board games and watching movies.
HEBREW YEAR 3
SARA CHARNEY COHEN
Sara grew up in lower New York state, where she was able to study Hebrew as her foreign language in public high school. She has lived in 6 US states, spent 4 years in Israel, and has been teaching Hebrew school off and on in various locations for the past 25+ years, including 13 years here in Bend. Sara enjoys movies, knitting,
road trips, visiting her kids, going
to Disneyland, and hanging
out at home with her dogs.
GRADES 6/7 &
HEBREW YEAR 4
Brenna grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and went
to Jewish day school.
She teaches in the Bend-La Pine School district at Realms Middle School. She loves helping others, snowboarding, ice cream, and all the nature that Bend has to offer.
Her goal is to explore our connection with Hashem as we
get closer to our Bat Mitzvahs
and what our roles are as Jewish
teens in the community!
Missie has a beautiful family with 2 children who both attend the religious school. Her full-time career is as an educator teaching high school science here in Bend.
When she is not working, you are most likely to find her out on a mountain bike trail. She also loves yoga, cooking, paddle boarding, hiking, and spending time
with her friends and family.