Yavneh on the Hill Jewish Education Program

Yavneh on the Hill is Hill Havurah’s Jewish
education program for students in PreK-3
through 6th grade, with post-B'nai Mitzvah opportunities for involvement.  Children are welcomed into a rich, engaging and supportive learning
environment taught by experienced, caring
teachers who are passionate about sharing their
Jewish heritage. We seek to foster a warm,
inclusive environment for students and their

The curriculum introduces students to blessings
and prayers in the early elementary grades and
builds to preparing students to participate in a
B’nai Mitzvah service. 

All Events
  • Wednesday
    May 30
    Annual Meeting of Hill Havurah Membership
    Wednesday, May 30th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Annual Meeting of Hill Havurah Membership


  • Saturday
    Jun 2
    Torah Study (with coffee!)
    Shabbos, Jun 2nd 9:00a to 10:00a
    Torah Study (with coffee!)


  • Saturday
    Jun 2
    Shabbat Morning Service
    Shabbos, Jun 2nd 10:00a to 12:00p
    Join Rabbi Hannah as she leads our short and accessible Shabbat morning service followed by a light kiddush.


  • Sunday
    Jun 3
    Pre-Yavneh Informational Coffee Meeting
    Sunday, Jun 3rd 3:00p to 4:00p
    Join Rabbi Hannah for coffee, treats, and a chance to learn about Hill Havurah's Pre-Yavneh program. Pre-Yavneh is our Sunday morning Hebrew school for PreK-3 and PreK-4


  • Saturday
    Jun 9
    Tot Shabbat
    Shabbos, Jun 9th 10:00a to 11:00a
    Join Rabbi Hannah as she and lay-leaders incorporate music, story, and legendary “Torah Parades” to create a joyous Shabbat experience for toddlers and their parents.


  • Sunday
    Jun 10
    Community Forum with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
    Sunday, Jun 10th 6:30p to 7:30p
    The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is doing a series of community forums as part of a strategic planning process and we want to make sure that our voices are heard! So we're going to host a forum for Havurah members and Hill Residents on the evening of June 10th at 6:30 PM in the Church of the Reformation Conference Room. The Jewish Federation is like the United Way of the Jewish Community, striving to create a vibrant and purposeful Jewish community through caring for those in need, deepening engagement in Jewish life and strengthening the bonds among Jews in the Washington area, in Israel and around the world. With a new CEO and a new Jewish community study that has revealed the ways in which our community continues to grow and evolve, Federation is working to identify our communal hopes, vision and aspirations. We hope you'll join us to enjoy a (kosher style) dinner while giving your feedback and speaking up for the Capitol Hill Jewish Community. Please register at https://www.shalomdc.org/communitystudy.


  • Friday
    Jun 15
    June Pizza Shabbat and Sing along
    Friday, Jun 15th 6:00p to 7:00p
    Join Rabbi Hannah for Pizza and a shabbat sing-along


  • Friday
    Jun 15
    Kabbalat Shabbat and Potluck Dinner
    Friday, Jun 15th 7:00p to 10:00p
    Join Rabbi Hannah as she leads us in welcoming Shabbat with a spirited service followed by a potluck. We supply the wine and drinks, congregants bring a dairy or vegetarian dish.


  • Saturday
    Jun 16
    Juneteenth Interfaith Gathering
    Shabbos, Jun 16th 12:30p to 2:00p
    Join Hill Havurah and Mount Moriah Baptist Church for a picnic on Saturday, June 16! We’re coming together to celebrate Juneteenth, the anniversary of when slavery officially ended in the United States. We’ll be gathering at 12:30 p.m. in Lincoln Park for food, fun, and a chance to explore social justice issues with other members of our community. We’ll provide the grilled food (including kosher and vegetarian options), but please bring a salad, side, dessert, or drinks to share. Limited seating will be available, so feel free to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs, too! If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Erdeich at serdreich@hotmail.com


  • Sunday
    Jun 17
    The 2018 Hill Havurah YACHAD Project
    Sunday, Jun 17th 12:00a to 4:00p
    Tikkun Olam On June 17th HH volunteers will descend on Ms. Delaney’s home at 210 Chesapeake Ave., SE and make much-needed repairs and upgrades on her family home. I hope 19 of you can join me and Larry Broun as we swing into action on Sunday, June 17 (which also happens to be Father’s Day). Please contact Sig Cohen at smceagle@aol.com to reserve your place on one of the two ten-person teams that will work from either 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM or from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM. Lunch and beverages will be provided.




The goals of Yavneh are to provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Develop an appreciation for all aspects of Jewish culture and its rich tradition, including religion, history, literature, arts and crafts, customs and ceremonies;

  • Gain the knowledge of Jewish communal practice through the celebration of holidays and life-cycle events, and participation in a student-motivated Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) project;​

  • Develop a love, concern and commitment to the Jewish people in their community and all over the world and a respect for peoples of other faiths and traditions;​

  • Gain a foundation in Hebrew reading to facilitate understanding, reciting and chanting the essential prayers.


Our 2017/18 school year calendar can be downloaded HERE.

  • Children enrolled in Pre-K3 and Pre-K4:
    • The Pre-Yavneh Program runs on Sunday mornings from 10:00-11:30 am.  Students are also welcome to stay for Shacharit, or morning prayer service with singing, discussion, and movement from 11:30 am-12:30 pm.
  • Children enrolled in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade:
    • The core program runs from 9:30 am-12:30 pm on Sunday mornings, with an option for children to be picked up at 11:30 am.  The time between 9:30-11:30 am will be split between Hebrew and Judaics (see below for more detail), and the time between 11:30 am-12:30 pm will be dedicated to a weekly Shacharit morning prayer service with singing, discussion, and movement.
  • Children enrolled in 4th Grade through 6th Grade:
    • The core program runs from 9:30 am-12:30 pm each Sunday morning and is designed to give the children more time to delve into their studies, both Hebrew and Judaics, as they prepare to become B’nai Mitzvah.​

Curriculum Highlights:


  • Pre-Yavneh (Pre-K3 & Pre-K4): Learn basic spoken Hebrew words and songs.

  • Kindergarten through 3rd Grade:  Learn brachot (blessings) and the Aleph-Bet through song, art, Aleph Bet Yoga, and Hebrew through Movement.

  • 4th & 5th Grade students will use workbooks paired with an online learning center to strengthen their Hebrew reading skills and knowledge of the brachot.

  • The B’nai Mitzvah class will develop their Hebrew skills while learning the Shabbat morning service.


Each class will be engaging in a year-long investigation into a specific topic.

  • Pre-Yavneh (Pre-K3 & Pre-K4): What does it mean to be Jewish when you are 3 or 4 years old?  The curriculum will follow the lead of the children’s interests and experiences.  In addition, the value of tikkun olam will be introduced through the concepts of a mitzvah and helping others.​

  • Kindergarten: We will explore the meaning of kehillah (community) and the concept of making friends in a Jewish community through reading and comparing stories.

  • 1st Grade: What are the important symbols of Judaism and what do they mean?  Students will have hands-on experiences with the kippah, mezuzah, tzedakah box, and more.

  • 2nd Grade: Students will explore key stories from the Torah and Prophets and find fun and lessons within them.

  • 3rd Grade: We will focus on the concept of mitzvot.  What is a mitzvah and what are some examples?  How do they relate to our lives?   Students will explore topics such as the mitzvot of  Torah study, the pursuit of justice, visiting the sick, loving your neighbor and protecting the environment.

  • 4th Grade: Students will explore Jewish history, including a look at the Talmud, the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry, the shtetl culture, the rise of the Reform Movement, and immigration at the turn of the twentieth century.

  • 5th Grade:  Students will explore the land and state of Israel, including geography, civics, and culture.  Students will also delve into parshat hashavua, studying the weekly Torah portion, and finding wisdom within it through their own interpretations. Students will also learn about the Sho'ah (Holocaust), as well as Jewish and non-Jewish heroes within it.

  • 6th Grade / B’nai Mitzvah Preparation Class: What is Jewish adulthood?  Students will question our roles in Jewish community, exploring unfamiliar mitzvot and examining our relationships with familiar ones.  Students will also strengthen their understanding and mastery of the Shabbat morning prayer service.


Each class in Yavneh will learn about major holidays and celebrate each holiday as a school.  At the same time, every grade will focus in on a couple of holidays and dig deeply into them, exploring their meaning, rituals, and symbols.

  • Pre-Yavneh (Pre-K3 & Pre-K4): A little bit of every holiday!

  • Kindergarten: Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat

  • 1st Grade: Havdalah and Pesach

  • 2nd Grade: Yom Kippur and Channukah

  • 3rd Grade: Sukkot and Purim

  • 4th Grade:  Simchat Torah and Tu Bishvat

  • 5th Grade: Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’Atzma’ut. Students will create a school-wide observance of these holidays to showcase their learning.

  • 6th Grade:  Shavuot and Rosh Chodesh. Students will create a school-wide Shavuot observance to showcase their learning.


Each class will develop their connection to Israel throughout the year.

  • Pre-Yavneh: What is Israel?

  • Kindergarten: Lives of children in Israel.

  • 1st Grade:  Important sites in Israel and their meaning.

  • 2nd Grade: Exploring the places in Israel where the Torah stories took place.

  • 3rd Grade: Diversity of people in Israel.

  • 4th Grade: Israel as it pertains to Jewish history.

  • 5th Grade:  Truly delving into geographic and demographic diversity in Israel, Israeli civics, exploring our relationship with Israel, and engaging in project-based learning on topics of students’ choice.

Tuition and Registration


Fees for Yavneh are $1190 for members and $1500 for non-members. 


Fees for Pre-Yavneh are $725 for members and $925 for non-members. 

To enroll your child in "Yavneh on the Hill" please click HERE (note: you must be logged-in).   Payment plans are available.

Please review our enrollment email for SY 17/18 to learn more about new developments in our program this year. 

If you have questions about enrollment or payment, please contact Director of Operations Kfir Banin at kfir.banin@hillhavurah.org.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Rabbi Hannah Spiro at rabbihannah@hillhavurah.org.

If you would like information about financial assistance, please contact Education Committee member Eric Rubin at efrubin2000@yahoo.com.


Wed, May 23 2018 9 Sivan 5778