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Beth El Hebrew School


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What we Offer

Beth El Hebrew School provides meaningful Jewish learning for all ages, focused on Jewish values and Torah ideals.  Our highly qualified staff inspire students to become life-long learners and proud Jews.  We cultivate a caring, child-centered environment, with a strong emphasis on recognizing individual learning styles.  Each student is challenged to reach their potential and encouraged to take on Mitzvot to make a strong bond to Judaism as a way of life.  Our family education programming creates authentic Jewish family experiences for all ages and all members participating.  Hebrew School graduates go on to actively participate in their communities beyond Beth El with a strong sense of kinship to the Jewish people and Eretz Yisrael.  

  • Classes from Kindergarten to 8th grade
  • Hebrew program tailored to each student’s level and needs
  • Student-led prayer services
  • Tzedakah and Tikun Olam projects integrated into the curriculum stressing the importance of helping others
  • Family Education programming
  • School-wide holiday celebrations
  • B’nai Mitzvah training with Clergy
  • Madrichim/Bogrim program for graduates of the school

Class Schedule:

  • K-7th Grade: Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon
  • Madrichim/Bogrim program meets twice monthly 


Registration open now:



Our Curriculum

Mechina - Pre-K & Kindergarden 

  • Students learn about the world of Jewish Holidays and the Hebrew Alphabet
  • Exploring basic Jewish concepts and rituals
  • Stories, music, games, and puzzles bring lessons to life
  • Lessons about Shabbat and the fundamentals of the Synagogue


Alef - First Grade

  • Increased familiarity with Hebrew Alphabet through visual and entertaining lessons
  • Students are taught an integrated curriculum includeing Torah, Prayer, Israel, History, and Holidays
  • Reinforcement of basic vocabulary and concepts in Jewish living
  • Students are challenged to discover their own path to a relationship with G-d, Torah, and Judaism


Bet & Gimmel - Second  & Third Grade

  • In Bet class, students learn to read and to write Hebrew. We enhance our program by learning the weekly Torah portion. We study the Jewish holidays beginning with the Fall Holidays and continue through Passover and Shavuot, including Shabbat as well.
  • We also learn about the country of Israel- it’s history , the people, geography and the cities that make up this unique  and special country. Our program is enhanced with singing, weekly Tefillah with the whole school, art projects, cooking activities, meaningful game activities, etc.
  • In Gimel class, we continue these  same activities, and move on to learning prayers. We discover the history of each prayer, the meaning of the words of the prayers, and how to chant it.
  • Learning is always tailored to the individual needs of each student, and each student learns at their own pace. 


Daled & Hey - Fourth & Fifth Grade

  • A focus on learning the weekly Parsha with more depth as well as upcoming holidays
  • Students learn to read Hebrew prayer with fluency
  • A focus on connecting more deeply to Judaism and thinking about Jewish ideas more deeply


Vov & Zayen - Sixth & Seventh Grade

  • Diving deeply into the meaning behind holidays with Talmudic and historic perspectives
  • Students delve into Jewish ethics and engage in social action projects
  • Students learn the stories of the Holocaust with Jewish literature and art
  • An emphasis on Hebrew Tefillah as well as becoming more fluent in Hebrew skills


Hebrew School Staff 

Nanci Siegel Manson

Nanci has worked at Beth El as the Director of Education since 2013.  She came to Beth El after serving 16 years as the Director of Early Childhood Education at Har Zion Congregation that was once in the Scottsdale area. During Nanci's last two years there, she also held the title of Director of the Religious School. Nanci grew up in St. Louis Mo. and is a graduate of The University of Missouri, St. Louis where she earned her degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education.  Nanci and her husband, Roy, have a blended family of 4 adult children and 1 grandson, the light of her life.  Nanci enjoys working with her staff, families, and the children in the program, developing their Jewish identity and the teachings of the Torah. Nanci lives in the Scottsdale area and enjoys the outdoors, running, reading a good book, and playing with her grandson in her free time.


Wendy Adair

Wendy Adair has been at Beth El as assistant to the education director since 2005.  Wendy joined Beth El with her husband in 2004, and together they raised 5 children, all of whom are now adults.  Wendy has celebrated the B’Nai Mitzvahs of 4 grandchildren here at Beth El.  They have attended Beth El Preschool, and Hebrew School, and youth group at Beth El.  A 9th  grandson was born in August and is about to begin preschool here at Beth El. The community here at Beth El feels like my family, according to Wendy.  My grandchildren have had so many exciting experiences such as attending Camp Ramah in California, which has really enhanced their Jewish pride and identity.  Wendy is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and attended Temple Beth Israel as a child.  Prior to coming to Beth El Congregation, Wendy worked as a Caseworker and Parole and Probation Officer, retiring in Eugene, Oregon, before moving back to Phoenix.  Wendy loves working for the Hebrew School.  She enjoys all the students and their families.  Wendy celebrated her two 12-year-old grandchildren's B’nai Mitzvah on April 30, 2022.

Wendy Rozov

Wendy Rozov is thrilled to continue organizing and teaching adults at Beth El. She is a 20+ year resident of Phoenix, mother of 2 girls, savtah of 3 grandkids, and along with her husband of 35 years, a successful business owner in Phoenix.  She grew up in Philadelphia and is a graduate of Gratz College, Temple University, and Lehigh University.  In addition to her Beth El activities, she teaches youth and adult education in other religious and secular settings.  Her interests include poetry, Jewish themed comic books, travel, and cooking.  She loves all things Jewish (except maybe jarred gefilte fish) and is excited about bringing her passion to her classrooms.



Elijah Costales-Chevalier

Elijah is excited to begin this year as the Hebrew School 4th and 5th teacher. His formal Jewish education career began as Beth El's Bogrim (8th/9th grade) teacher last year. As Beth El's youth engagement coordinator he will facilitate USY, Kadima and Dorot events throughout the year. Elijah was born and raised in Phoenix and received a BsEd in Secondary Education - Biology from Northern Arizona University. Additionally, Elijah is Program Director at a local violence prevention non-profit organization. He has 3 years of experience providing in-home care to children with disabilities and has 13 years of experience teaching grades K-12. In his free time, Elijah enjoys being in nature, reading, praying, listening to music and spending time with his wife and 3 cats. 


Michele Gusdorff 

We are fortunate to have Michele Gusdorff teaching in our Hebrew School for 13 years.  Michele holds both a BA and MA from Temple University where she majored in Speech and Language Pathology.  She also holds a Hebrew Teacher’s Diploma from Gratz College.

In addition to many years experience as a Speech Therapist in the Philadelphia School District, Michele taught in Philadelphia area religious schools and was an active volunteer and board member at synagogues.


Youth Groups

USY - United Synagogue Youth

Our USY group includes post b'nai mitzvah students and meets twice a month (virtually at the moment) to do fun activities, mitzvah projects, and to socialize with other Jewish teens. See a few of our event photos below!



Our Kadima youth group is for kids who are approaching b'nai mitzvah age to meet once a month (virtually at the moment) to do fun activities, mitzvah projects, and to socialize with other Jewish kids. See a few of our event photos below!


School Calendar


Sun, September 24 2023 9 Tishrei 5784