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Hill Havurah's Yavneh on the Hill (Religious School) 2020-2021 plans for your child/ren to participate in meaningful and fun Jewish educational experiences.

Yavneh education is based on these important Jewish values: Pikuah Nefesh (protecting life is of greatest importance), Talmud Torah B'Simcha(joyful learning), and Kehillah (community). Our goal is to help our students develop their personal Jewish identity.


Registration is now open. Please see paragraph 4 below for information.


1. Fall 2020 Virtual Classes Via Zoom: Hill Havurah is studying how we might safely transition to in-person classroom instruction. We will continue to review our plans as we receive updated guidance from DCPS, Kingsman Academy, and the CDC. If presented with the opportunity to return to in-person learning, we will seek parent input.

You can see our 2020-21 school calendar here.

2. Improving the Distance Learning Experience: Rabbi Julie is studying best practices in distance learning this summer. She is teaching our staff strategies to engage our students by co-creating videos, games, art, cooking, music, stories, movement, etc.

3. Classes:

  * PreK3/4 students, 9:30am-10:15am, will participate in 30 minutes of fun educational activities, i.e. art, music, and cooking. After class, there will be an optional "schmooze/snack time" for children to talk with each other. To enhance learning, we will provide optional fun "hands-on" activities for parents and children to continue learning together.

  * students, 9:30am-11:00am, will participate in 30 minutes of fun educational activities,        i.e. art, music, and cooking. They'll have a 10 minutes supervised "schmooze/snack time",          30 minutes of Hebrew, and a 10 minute supervised "schmooze time" to end their morning. 

* 1st-3rd grade students, 9:30am-11:00am, will participate in 30 minute Judaica classes,  a 10 minute supervised "schmooze/snack break", 30 minutes of Hebrew, and a 10 minute supervised "schmooze time" to end their morning.

* 4th-6th grade students, 10:30am-12:30pm, will participate in 40 minute Judaica classes, a 10 minute supervised "schmooze/snack break", 40 minute Hebrew classes in small groups, and a 10-15 minute supervised "schmooze time" to end their morning.

  * 7th grade/B'nai Mitzvah students will study every other week with Rabbi Hannah,           10:30am-12pm.

   *Kehillah (Community) Gathering with Rabbi Hannah and Rabbi Julie to sing and celebrate together!

  * Special Needs Consultant hired to support teachers to better meet the needs of students with learning and behavior challenges.

4. Registration and Tuition:

If you already have a account, please log in (if you're not already logged in) and click on "MY ACCOUNT" under the "MEMBERSHIP" tab on the navigation bar above. Then, click on the "Start School Enrollment" button and begin registration.

If you do not yet have a account, click on "New User: Register Now" in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Tuition rates remain unchanged from last year:

PreK 3 & 4: $900 for members and $1,272 for non-members

K-6th grade: $1,400 for members and $1,750 for non-members

7th grade: $500.

If tuition is a concern, please contact Alan Shusterman, Hill Havurah Executive Director , for a confidential discussion at

5. Optional Sunday, August 23rd, "Meet Your Teacher/Madrichim" Gatherings: In order to foster kehillah (community), if it is safe and in accordance with CDC guidelines, groups of no more than 10 students will meet outdoors at Hill Havurah /Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol NE, wearing masks and physically distancing, with their teacher and madrichim. They'll begin getting to know each other, learn, and play together. Details to follow in August.  


We welcome non-members to enroll their child/ren in Yavneh. If you have any questions about our creative, hands-on, inclusive, and welcoming Jewish education program for PreK3-7th grade students, please contact Rabbi Julie Gordon, Hill Havurah Rabbi Educator. She can be reached at or              (301) 836-1259. 


Yavneh on the Hill Jewish Education Program

Yavneh on the Hill is Hill Havurah’s Jewish education program for students in PreK-3 through 7th grade, with post-B'nai Mitzvah opportunities for teens to work as madrichim (teacher’s assistants).  We welcome children to our engaging and supportive hands-on learning environment taught by caring teachers who are enthusiastic about sharing their Jewish passions and knowledge. We seek to foster a warm, inclusive, and stimulating environment  for students and their families to develop their personal Jewish identities.

Students develop Hebrew prayer skills to actively participate in Shabbat and holiday services. Each student will develop knowledge and comfort to lead his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah service.

Yavneh’s educational goals are to provide students with opportunities to develop a personal appreciation for Jewish culture, traditions, values, and texts. Students:

  • Celebrate Jewish holidays through study and creative projects that are integrated in our whole-school spiral curriculum. Students in each grade build and deepen their knowledge gained from prior years;
  • Participate in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) projects with the Hill Havurah community. These opportunities will supplement their study of Jewish tradition's values to help improve the world. The projects will guide them to deepen their commitment to social justice for all people in need of our support;​
  • Develop respect and commitment to care for Jewish people in the USA, Israel, and throughout the world. Learn about the variety of ways to express Jewish identity and gain understanding for people of other faiths.
  • Develop Hebrew reading skills to understand and chant Shabbat and holiday prayers.

Rabbi Julie Gordon, Hill Havurah Rabbi Educator


Rabbi Julie Gordon joined Hill Havurah as Rabbi Educator after serving 36 years in educational and rabbinic roles with congregations and schools in Bethesda, the Twin Cities, and Brooklyn. Rabbi Julie was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She lived in Jerusalem, Israel from 2010-2013 and earned a master’s degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College in Boston and the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies. Rabbi Julie studied at the Conservative Yeshiva and Ulpan Milah. As part of her dedication to lifelong learning, she completed the two-year Mandel Teacher Educator Institute (MTEI) professional development program.  

Rabbi Julie is deeply committed to Hill Havurah community values and has experience meeting the educational needs of our diverse and growing congregation.

 Rabbi Julie is the proud mother of Shoshana, son-in-law Tim, and Ari. She is grateful that her adult children live in DC.


  • Pre-K through 3rd Grade Schedule during the year:

    • Students study from 9:30 am-11:30 am.  Students are also welcome to participate in arts and crafts, stories and games from 11:30 am-12:30 pm.

  • Children enrolled in 4th Grade through 6th Grade:

    • Students study from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. In addition to their curriculum described in the links below, students study Hebrew in small groups to support and encourage each child's progress.

Curriculum Highlights


Pre-K: Student learn basic modern Hebrew words and songs.

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

4th-6th Grade: Students develop Hebrew reading skills and personal understanding of prayers and brachot (blessings).

The 7th Grade/B’nai Mitzvah class studies with Rabbi Hannah. They are learning the Shabbat morning service, exploring the meaning of prayers, and develop prayer leadership skills.

Judaic Studies: Click on the links below to see a detailed curriculum for each grade

Shabbat, Holidays, and Israel:

Using our whole-school curriculum, each class learns a different aspect of holidays and celebrate the rituals and enjoy eating the special foods. Kindergarten students are welcomed to Jewish education/Consecration during our community Simchat Torah celebration.


2020-21 Tuition and Registration

Tuition for K-6th grade is $1,400 for members and $1,750 for non-members. 

Tuition for Pre-Yavneh is $900 for members and $1,272 for non-members.

 Tuition for 7th grade is $500.



If you have questions about Yavneh, please email Rabbi Julie Gordon at or call her at (301) 836-1259.

If you have questions about enrollment, payment, or financial assistance, please email Hill Havurah Executive Director Alan Shusterman at

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