Vibrant and engaging K-12 programs

Welcome to the ALIYAH program at Congregation Neveh Shalom! We invite you to learn more about the many opportunities for connection and community provided by our K-12 education programs. Our students benefit from our vibrant and diverse youth community, excellent, nurturing staff, the opportunity to connect creatively and meaningfully to Jewish traditions, past and present, and vibrant Shabbat, holiday, and extracurricular family programs.


Contact Us to Learn More

Mel Berwin
Director of Congregational Learning
503-293-7306 | email

JoAnn Bezodis
Education Administrator
503-293-7309 | email


Over 170 children in Kindergarten-6th grade engage with Hebrew language and Jewish traditions in our inclusive, egalitarian environment. Program components include Sunday mornings and three weekday options for Hebrew; exciting electives such as art, music, super-hero history and Israeli dance; full-time tutor and para-educator support; Hebrew taught by Israelis or Hebrew-fluent teachers; developmentally appropriate prayer services; and positive teen role models in each class.

B’nai Mitzvah

The bar/bat mitzvah year is an amazing milestone for our youth and their families. We offer planning support and prepare students to lead prayers with confidence and comprehension. Our yearlong b’nai mitzvah tutoring program provides each child with the chance to work one-on one with a professional tutor and our clergy works with students and families throughout the year to create a ceremony that is personally and communally meaningful.

ALIYAH Tichon 7-12

7th-12th graders stay engaged in Jewish learning and social life through our ALIYAH Tichon (High School) Program on Wednesday evenings. Teens come for dinner together and stay for core classes on important Jewish topics, and creative electives such as arts, ethics, and social action. 7th graders participate in an intergenerational program and 12th graders learn higher level life skills from our rabbis. Over 20 teens per year serve as Madrichim (interns) in our ALIYAH K-6 program.

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