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GROWING OUR JEWISH COMMUNITY THROUGH

EDUCATION & LEARNING

Discover more about our program...

 

ABOUT US

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.

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OUR
jewish COMMUNITIES

congregation
shalom bayit

Reconstructing Judaism
congregation in Bend, Oregon,
established in 1990
TEMPLE
BETH TIKVAH

Reform Judaism
congregation in Bend, Oregon,
established in 2010
CHABAD


Chabad Lubavitch
of Central Oregon,
established in 2007

 

registration forms

Click here to see our School Registration Forms

Click here to see our Youth Group Registration Forms

TUITION SCHEDULE

Click here to see our fee schedule

and payment plan options

TEACHER &
VOLUNTEER
APPLICATIONS

If you are interested in teaching, volunteering, planning events, fundraising or joining our governance committee, we want to hear from you! Click here to submit an application!

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MEET OUR school COMMUNITY

TEACHER:

K/1 JUDAICA &

HEBREW YEAR 1

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MIMI FELDMAN

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.

TEACHER:

GRADES 2/3

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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.

TEACHER:

GRADES 4/5

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MARI PLISKOW

Mari grew up in the suburbs  of New York and moved to Bend in 2021. She is excited to join the Jewish community in Bend, as she has always played an active role, including working as an assistant bar/bat mitzvah tutor. Mari loves seeing live music and skiing, and is passionate about helping others and working with children. Her goal is to help foster a sense of community and share meaningful values and traditions with her students.

TEACHER:

GRADES  6/7

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HILLEL MANNIS

Hillel grew up in New York City and also studied in Israel. He has worked as a classroom teacher in Hebrew and Judaic studies as well as secular studies and is now a private tutor. He loves books, movies, history, and collecting records. He is very excited to explore community, spirituality, faith, and more ideas and topics with his students through engaging discussions and activities.

TEACHER:

HEBREW YEAR 2

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NOAH CHEMTOV

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. 

TEACHER:

HEBREW YEAR 3

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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.

TEACHER:

HEBREW YEAR 4

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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.

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE:

AMY CIOCAN, Teacher Liason

NATALIE HORWITZ, Parent Liason

KATHY SCHINDEL

MIMI FELDMAN

ALICE SHAPIRO

MISSIE WIKLER