Louisville Beit Sefer Yachad envisions an inclusive Jewish Community where all youth possess a deep sense of belonging and find in their Jewish identity a profound source of confidence, pride, and purpose.

General Info

Head of School: Beverly Weinberg

Grade Levels: K-8

LBSY Parent Handbook 2019-20

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LBSY 2019-20

our school will not be

meeting in person

again this year


Dear Parents,

I hope all of you are safe, healthy and coping positively with our current situation. I wanted to let you know that based on Governor Beshear’s extension of our “social distancing” until at least May 1, we will not be reconvening LBSY this school year.

When we begin in August, we will have a special program to give Torahs to this year’s first graders and siddurim to current third graders.

I hope all parents will assist/encourage your child to take advantage of the Google Classroom that we have set up and/or complete the lessons that some teachers have sent to their classes.  It is so important that the students continue to learn about Judaism and practice their Hebrew. After Passover, Amy will add other information to Google Classroom activities.  If you need assistance with navigating this site, please contact Amy Danino, Andi or me.

Thank you to those that have created Shabbat signs and greetings the past few weeks.  This week we are asking grades 2 and 3 to create Passover greetings.  We will continue in upcoming weeks with older students.  Be creative!  You can draw, use blocks, legos, clay or anything else to convey your message!  Have fun!

I will be in touch in late May with a calendar for next year and any other pertinent information for the academic year 2020-2021.

My very best wishes that you and your family have a meaningful Pesach and stay healthy.


our judaic Curriculum

Kindergarten focuses primarily on Jewish Holidays, stories from the Torah, and Community. Using these three content areas as a backdrop, other areas like מִצְווֹת (mitz’vot) and Jewish values are introduced along with the main content areas. For the first time, students gain exposure both to what Jews do and why they do certain things.

Kindergarten illuminates many Jewish rituals, customs, and traditions, while also giving them an introduction to the religious school experience as a whole. We expect students to be familiar with, but not necessarily understand, the content they learn.

Big Ideas:

1. Celebrating Jewish holidays is an essential aspect of Jewish identity.

2. The Torah contains stories that teach us how to live our lives.

3. Hebrew is the language of the Jewish people.

First Grade focuses primarily on Jewish Holidays and מִצְווֹת (mitz’vot, commandments). The curriculum illuminates how מִצְווֹת (mitz’vot) play a role in daily life and continues to build the knowledge of Jewish holidays established in Kindergarten. Using the two main content areas as a backdrop, the lessons touch on the concept of God as well. The activities are designed to be developmentally appropriate, enabling the students to begin recalling information about the content they learned.

Big Ideas:
1. מִצְווֹת (mitz’vot) are commandments that can be applied to our everyday lives.
2. God is a central part of Judaism and we all explore God in our own way.
3. Judaism is filled with many celebrations.
4. Hebrew is made up of letters that make different sounds.

The Second Grade focuses primarily on values, community, lifecycle, and Israel. The curriculum connects students to Israel by teaching about its people, places, and traditions. It explores lifecycle events from birth through death, and how these rituals can build a meaningful Jewish life. It focuses on Jewish values, specifically kindness. Lastly, it familiarizes students with the synagogue/temple and the community it creates. Students also review Jewish holidays as they occur.

Big Ideas:
1. Judaism gives us many values by which to practice kindness and live our lives.
2. Jewish communities support us even though they may look different from one another.
3. Meaningful Jewish rituals enhance each part of the Jewish Lifecycle.
4. Israel is a welcoming country with its own customs, people, and places.
5. Hebrew is a language made of special characters that we can use to read, write, and pray.

The Third Grade focuses primarily on God, תוֹרָה (torah, Torah [instruction/scroll of the five books of Moses]), מִצְווֹת (mitz’vot, commandments), Jewish values, and Jewish holidays. The curriculum explores Torah using The Explorer’s Bible Volume 1: From Creation to the Exodus, and it investigates God through a different word or characteristic in several lessons. Every lesson connects students to a mitzvah or Jewish value of the week.

Big Ideas:
1. The Torah has many characters who can teach us an array of valuable lessons.
2. מִצְווֹת (mitz’vot, commandments) and Jewish values connect to Jewish Holidays.
3. Hebrew is a language made of special characters that we can use to read, write, and pray.
4. God can have a role in our everyday lives.

The 4th Graders are guided to think critically about concepts such as God and Jewish text. This curriculum focuses on prophets found in the תַּנַּ”ךְ (TaNaKh) by giving an overview of their actions and impact on Judaism. Through the lens of different Jewish holidays, students will explore God and the role that God plays in their lives. Holidays will be studied with increased sophistication to build on knowledge from previous years, as students learn the history of different Jewish holidays and the values they express.

Big Ideas:
1. Studying the prophets can teach many important lessons and Jewish values.
2. The Jewish people have a sacred partnership with God.
3. There are unique customs and values associated with each Jewish holiday.

The fifth grade focuses on their own lives as Jewish people.

The students are taken on a “Jewish Journey” through the lens of eight important Jewish values. Students develop an understanding of these values and are asked to explore them in order to apply them to their lives. Not only are these values the focus of their own unit, the lessons and guidance they provide are carried through to the units on the lifecycle and Israel.

The lifecycle unit concentrates on the entirety of the Jewish lifecycle, from birth to death. Students have the opportunity to discuss these milestones that link all Jews. Using a variety of sources, students continue to build a historic understanding of the land of Israel. By going on a remote tour of cities and regions in Israel, students are able to picture themselves there.

Big Ideas:
1. Jewish values help guide our behavior and inform our choices.
2. Our lives are journeys marked with events from the Jewish lifecycle.
3. Every Jew should have a knowledge of the modern State of Israel and the history of the land.
4. Jewish values help us connect to every aspect of Judaism, including the lifecycle and the State of Israel.


As students continue to develop intellectually and spiritually, and as they begin to prepare to become Bar Bat Mitz’vah, they will delve deeply into Jewish sources to critically examine the Torah.
Every week, students will study either one or multiple Torah portions. The lessons follow the order of the Torah, beginning with Genesis and ending with  Deuteronomy. As they read, students will use a worksheet to identify what we have established as five main themes in the
Torah: Family Relations, Leadership, Miracles and Revelation,Mitz’vot
bein adam l’chaveiro, (mitz’vot between people and people), and Mitz’vot bein adam lamakom, (mitz’vot between people and God).

Big Ideas:
1. The Torah is a sacred text that can speak to us today.
2. There are themes that recur throughout the Torah that help us understand patterns in our history.
3. We interpret Jewish texts to look for meaning in our modern lives.
4. Mitz’vot are commandments.
5. God established a covenant with the Jewish people and we continue to work as partners with God today.


With the students’ increased maturity comes an ability to understand abstract concepts and to learn through processes of inquiry and discovery. The Seventh Grade curriculum responds to this intellectual, social, and emotional development. Through an in-depth exploration of the
Prophets and Writings, the Seventh Grade Curriculum provides an opportunity for students to visualize their role in the greater community. AB, students prepare to become B’nei mitz’vah, (children of the commandment) they explore how closely connected prayer and service were for the prophets found in the Hebrew Bible. This spiral contains an element of self-exploration in the form of several options for Long-Term Projects that allow students to become intimately connected to specific content areas. Students continue to develop their Hebrew reading skills and vocabulary, and learn to read and recite the Torah service and concluding prayers.

Big Ideas:
1. Judaism values learning and service.
2. The prophets spoke out against injustice in their time and can guide us in our own times.
3. We have an obligation to act justly in our community and the world.
4. The Writings contain a variety of wisdom literature.

Eighth grade can and should serve as a springboard into a lifetime of future Jewish learning.

This year, students will study three key concepts that shape Jewish life today: the Jewish diaspora, the Holocaust, and the State of Israel.

An understanding of all three of these topics is crucial as students become knowledgeable Jewish adults. Since we in the United States are a diaspora Jewish community, understanding what Jewish peoplehood means to a group spread all around the world is important. Because the Holocaust played a pivotal and devastating role in our collective history, engaging with it is similarly crucial. Finally, because Israel is the only Jewish state in the entire world, a comprehension of its history, politics, and culture is essential.

Big Ideas:
1. Jewish communities can be found all over the world.
2. The history of Jewish communities helps us understand our present-day communities.
3. The Holocaust was a major and tragic event in world history.
4. The world has a responsibility to remember what happened in the Holocaust to make sure that something similar does not happen again.
5. Every Jew should have knowledge of the modern State of Israel.
6. The State of Israel is a complex place, home to lots of different kinds of people, cultures, and beliefs.


Jewish Community Center
3600 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40205

School Hours

Sunday School: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hebrew School: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Phone & Email


Our Head of School

“I am so overjoyed to be back working with your children, ensuring that they are infused with a love for Judaism and connected to their heritage.”

Beverly Weinberg

Head of School


Get In Touch

Location: 3600 Dutchmans Lane

Telephone: 502-802-3855

Email: lbsy.bev@gmail.com

Sunday Hours: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Wednesday Hours: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm