RUACH School

RUACH Community School at Beit Ahavah 2017-18 (5778)

We are excited for our RUACH Community School at Beit Ahavah new year ahead!  We have many wonderful programs offered for grades preK-7+.
To download the new RUACH Community School registration materials packet, please click below:


RUACH Community School at Beit Ahavah 2017-18 Registration packet (4 documents):

RUACH Welcome Letter & Highlights from Rabbi Riqi Kosovske & YOFIE committee

RUACH Registration & Information Form

RUACH Tuition & Enrollment Form

RUACH 2017-18 Calendar – includes four Shabbat B’Yachad “Sabbath Together” Saturday programs for all ages with Shabbat lunch on Jan 27, Feb 10, March 10, May 12, 9:30 a.m. -noon

About L’CHAIM – To Life! PreK-2 Program

Our new school BLOG! For L’CHAIM – To Life! PreK-2 by Morah Molly Parr

RUACH 2017-18 Teacher Bios

Please contact us with questions for information & registration at –, 413-587-3770.

Class standing in outdoor frame during "Art in the Orchard" visit.RUACH means wind, spirit and life!  The RUACH Community School at Beit Ahavah instills a love of progressive Judaism, Jewish learning, community and passion for healing the world.

With a creative and innovative Reform approach to Jewish learning, RUACH builds community that offers meaningful entryways into Jewish life, celebrates diversity, and deepens our commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world) and love for our planet.  With teachers and mentors, friends and family, we study, learn Hebrew, celebrate holidays, bring core Jewish values to life, take trips, electives, build and make art, and have a lot of fun!

The Sages taught, “Upon three things does the world stand:  Torah, Avodah and G’milut Chasadim.”  We embody this text in our school

Torah = Study:  engaging our minds and souls to deepen our connection with our past and to make our heritage relevant to how we live today.

Avodah = Spirituality:  awakening our hearts to deeply connect to the Oneness of all creation through prayer, song, art and other modalities.

G’milut Chasadim = Acts of Lovingkindness:  using our bodies, hands and hearts inspired by our learning to create actions that make the world a better place.

Teaching and Madrichim job opportunities

We have a number of youth programs that work together.  Join us!

*NEW* L’CHAIM (To Life!) for Grades preK-2 includes a once-a-month Sunday afternoon class and opportunities for Saturday morning “Shabbat B’Yachad” (Sabbath Together) events and family holiday celebrations.

RUACH LAB for Grades 3-7 includes the Sunday afternoon class approximately twice a month in our “laboratory” for learning and off-site adventures, as well as opportunities for Saturday morning “Shabbat B’Yachad” (Sabbath Together) of community-wide engagement for all ages with a Shabbat morning Torah service and Shabbat lunch.

HEBREW HAVURAH for Grades 3-7 meets on Thursdays after school to study modern Hebrew and prayer, with snacks, songs and fun in a great learning studio environment.

B’NEI MITZVAH JOURNEY is the Rabbi’s Thursday night bimonthly class for students whose Bar and Bat Mitzvah is scheduled in the following year.

“Torah Improv” led by Heidi Haas – meets during Shabbat B’Yachad for Grades 3-7 and special events.   Heidi Haas’s improvisational Torah Improv is a creative, theatrical experience of Jewish stories from the Torah, Holidays and Midrash, with games, fun and the imagination!

Tot Shabbat, Bim Bam Ahavah & programs for families with children 0-6

Tot Shabbat at Beit Ahavah

The wonderful, musical hour with movement, stories and instruments welcoming the Sabbath and holidays, led by Marlene Rachelle with Rabbi Riqi on the first Friday of the month 5:15-6:00 p.m. followed by a vegetarian Tot Sha-potluck, pizza provided.  Please bring a veggie dish (no nuts) to share.  All are welcome!
See the Tot Shabbat Flyer (pdf) for dates and more info.  Click HERE for the wonderful Gazette article on our joyful Tot Shabbat experience featuring many of our families.  Lois Peirent is our fabulous Tot Shabbat Coordinator and happy to help welcome newcomers to our robust Tot Shabbat community.  Major funding provided by an HGF Family grant.  Co-sponsored by Jewish Federation and PJ Library.

Bim Bam Ahavah!

“Bim Bam Ahavah” is our new morning program led by Marlene Rachelle, geared to families with kids ages 0-6.   It is scheduled during Shabbat B’Yachad Saturday mornings on January 27, February 10, March 10 and May 12 at 9:30-10:15 a.m. followed by a family service and lunch.

Bim Bam Ahavah combines music, dance, play, story time and snack.  Usually Bim Bam Ahavah is connected to a community Sabbath Together day so that we can join with the older kids and families during the Torah service, to parade with the Torahs!

Shevet – *NEW* Post-B’nei Mitzvah/6-7-8 Jr. Youth Group & Teens Groups forming!

Contact Rabbi Riqi to be involved planning teen programs or to share you ideas!.

If you have questions, need more information, or want to be a parent volunteer, contact Rabbi Riqi through the Beit Ahavah office: 413-587-3770 or