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BBRS 5781

Our Program

In this most unusual of years, BBRS is committed to meeting the needs of every learner and the comfort of every family. Each student may choose in person or online learning on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 am. This is the core learning time for our Judaics curriculum for Kindergarten through 6th grade, La-Bri’ut: To Our Health and Wellness, integrating Jewish texts and values while guiding students to build resiliency and supporting strategies. Our 7th graders study the Holocaust in the first semester and modern Israel in the second semester.

The entire school joins together online on Tuesdays from 5:15 to 6:00 pm, beginning with a tefillah/prayer experience with Rabbi Julie, Rabbi Isenberg, and Cantor Wallach, before breaking into grade-level groups.
–Kindergarten through 2nd grades: Our younger students learn Hebrew Through Movement, a language acquisition strategy in which students learn Hebrew by hearing and responding to Hebrew commands.
–3rd through 5th grades: Learners gather in grade-level groups to build community and connect with each other.
–6th grade: Cantor Wallach teaches trope, the cantillation for chanting Torah and Haftarah.
–7th grade: Rabbi Isenberg discusses the weekly parsha/Torah reading, along with mitzvot/commandments and middot/values with our b’nai mitzvah class.

Each student in grades 3 through 7 also has a 1:1 online Hebrew/Prayer session with a teacher, for 30 minutes each week, scheduled at the family’s convenience. Using a program designed for individualized pacing for Hebrew decoding and Prayer literacy, students are able to progress at their own rate.

Our youth in grades 8 through 12 are invited and encouraged to participate in a variety of formal and informal experiences to continue their Jewish learning. They have a choice of two different education programs, along with the opportunity to be madrichim/helpers in our religious school, plus vibrant youth groups.For information about our dynamic teen programs, click here.

For more information about our unique, individualized program, contact Rabbi Julie Schwarzwald, Director of Congregational Learning, 973-262-3717 or

Our Mission

Every child in our community is created B’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God, with a divine spark. Each has their own unique interests and passions related to Judaism, and our program is designed to guide each child’s academic, social, and emotional learning so that they and their families are an integral part of the school chaverah (friendship community), synagogue kehillah (congregation community) and klal Israel (Jewish people community) today and in the future. Through our religious school, preschool, youth groups, Shabbat and Holiday programming, family workshops, and other opportunities for engagement, everyone finds ways to engage meaningfully throughout the year.

CBI Teen Programs

Youth Shabbat Programs

Recorded Prayers for Home Practice 

BBRS Family Handbook



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Blanche Bayar Religious School at Congregation B’nai Israel

160 Millburn Ave, Millburn, NJ 07041


Director of Congregational Learning: Rabbi Julie Schwarzwald ,973-262-3717

Executive Assistant – Susan Kashan