ALIYAH K-62018-09-04T12:40:45+00:00


Welcome to ALIYAH! The warm community of ALIYAH Jewish Learning Program provides engaging, high-level learning opportunities for every student.   Our students experience Jewish holidays and traditions, gain strong Hebrew language skills, and grow from the many opportunities for meaningful leadership within the congregational community. Our teachers are dynamic and nurturing, and our kids enjoy their experience of Jewish education.

We are proud to have the most thorough and innovative supplementary Jewish education program in Portland. In our recently redesigned ALIYAH K-6 program, all children attend two days per week: Sunday mornings and one weekday afternoon.

Each grade has its own goals in the area of Ivrit (Hebrew), Tefilah (prayer) and Yahadut (Jewish building blocks) plus a specific mitzvah or Jewish value to focus on for the year. Sunday classes also include chugim (specialty activities) that include cultural arts such as art, music, dance, and drama. Students have many opportunities to “live” their Judaism, whether leading services, celebrating holidays, putting on a Jewish wedding celebration, cooking Jewish foods, or participating in tzedakah projects that support others in our community.

ALIYAH is an inclusive community that welcomes students across the spectrum of learning styles and needs. We work closely with families to create individualized learning plans as necessary and celebrate the achievements of each of our students based on their own abilities. We learn throughout our program that every individual has strengths and challenges and the beauty of a community is that we all gain from supporting each other.

ALIYAH provides a variety of ways for families to engage in our programs, allowing parents to learn alongside our children and to simply enjoy quality time with our kids in a Jewish setting. Parents and siblings are invited to join in ALIYAH-led festival celebrations on Sunday mornings, engage in monthly activities related to classroom curriculum from our ALIYAH Family Resource Guides, and participate in our Jewish Life Cycle program.

Parent volunteers are much appreciated! Volunteer Room Parents help organize extra-curricular activities for each grade each year. Parent volunteers also help at our community events and holidays, help set policy for the school, and support our teachers in the classroom. To find out how you can volunteer with ALIYAH, please be in touch with Jenn Director Knudsen, Co-Chair of our Education Committee.

Our excellent ALIYAH teachers are dedicated to Jewish life and learning, passionate about Hebrew, Israel, and tzedakah. Our teachers care about the success of each student and focus on creating a learning environment that supports every child in his/her learning as well as in building a strong community of friends.

The bar/bat mitzvah year is an amazing milestone for our youth and their families. We offer support throughout the planning stages for families coming up on this celebration. Our ALIYAH program prepares students for leading prayers with confidence and comprehension, our parent learning opportunities and meetings in 5th and 6th grades offer families connection with each other and logistical support, our yearlong b’nai mitzvah tutoring program provides each child the chance to work one-on-one with a qualified tutor to achieve personal goals according to his/her own learning style, and our clergy works with students and families throughout the year to create a ceremony that is personally and communally meaningful.