RUACH ~ Youth, Families & Teens

RUACH Community School for youth, teens and families 2018-19 (5779)

We are excited for the RUACH Community School at Beit Ahavah, with wonderful learning and community programs for all ages in a family and community-style positive Jewish environment!  Please contact Rabbi Riqi with questions and for information on registration at, 413-587-3770, as well as see below.

TO REGISTER:  RUACH Community School at Beit Ahavah 2018-19 Registration packet: 
(Please click below to download and print these forms.)

1. RUACH 2018-19 Welcome Letter from Rabbi Riqi Kosovske & YOFIE committee (click)

2. RUACH 2018-19 Registration form (click)

3. RUACH 2018-19 Tuition & Enrollment form (Youth preK-7 & Teens) (click)

4. RUACH 2018-19 Calendar – Click here for google calendar

5. Meet some of the Teachers Morah Zora Berman (grades 3-7, Hebrew Havurah, projects and modules), Morah Molly Parr (grades PreK-2, L’CHAIM, “Jewish Stars”), Rabbi Riqi (rabbi, director and educator, B’nei Mitzvah Journey, Hebrew Havurah), Anne Bussler (YOFIE committee chair, specialties), Heidi Haas (Torah Improv), Marlene Rachelle (Tot Shabbat & Bim Bam Ahavah), Anna Sobel (high holydays family services and special events), Tamar Feinland (Madrichah teen assistant), and more!

More info about RUACH:
The L’CHAIM BLOG! preK-2 by Morah Molly Parr
Tot Shabbat & Tot Sha-Potluck, 1st Friday of the Month, 5:15 p.m.

WHO we are:

Class standing in outdoor frame during "Art in the Orchard" visit.RUACH “רוּחַ‎” 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 (tikkun olam).

With a creative and innovative, progressive 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, go on “chavaya” real-world experiences and trips, delve into subjects through specialties and electives, build and make art, and have a lot of fun!

RUACH embodies a teaching of the Sages: “The world stands upon three things:  Torah (Jewish learning), Avodah (prayer and service) and G’milut Chasadim (acts of lovingkindness).”  (-Avot d’Rabbi Natan 11:1)

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 through Jewish learning.

Avodah = Spirituality!  Awakening our hearts to connect to the Oneness of all creation through prayer, song, art, dance and other modalities, as well as service to others.

G’milut Chasadim = Acts of Lovingkindness!  Using our hands and hearts inspired by Jewish wisdom to perform actions that make the world a better place.

Teaching and Madrichim job opportunities

Program descriptions:

TOT SHABBAT & Tot Sha-potluck – for families with kids ages 0-6, meets the 1st Friday of the month, 5:15 p.m. led by Marlene Rachelle.  Flyer here.  This is the original Tot Shabbat  that has swept the nation – the wonderful musical hour celebrating the Sabbath and holidays followed by a vegetarian (no nuts) potluck, and pizza is provided.  Bim Bam Ahavah is a morning play and prayer program for our families with young kids focusing on Jewish expression, music, movement and drumming.

L’CHAIM (“To Life!”) – Grades preK-2  is led for its second year by Morah Molly Parr, who is also a class parent, with our new “JEWISH STARS” curriculum.  L’CHAIM meets on Sunday afternoons 3:30-5:30 p.m. with additional opportunities for Saturday morning “Shabbat B’Yachad” (Sabbath Together) events and family holiday celebrations, family-led gatherings, Hebrew aleph-bet through movement and arts, Torah stories, values and crafts.  L’CHAIM schedule has happily expanded this year and will now meet regularly at the same time as the older grades.  We welcome preK kids who are 4-4.5 plus!

RUACH LAB – Grades 3-7 meets on Sunday afternoons 3:30-5:30 p.m. as a projects “laboratory” for advance Jewish learning, with off-site “chavaya” adventures,  opportunities for Saturday morning Shabbat B’Yachad (Sabbath Together) events and family holiday celebrations, and family-led gatherings.  Our teacher Morah Zora Berman returns to Beit Ahavah with new ideas and excitement for her students!

HEBREW HAVURAH – Grades 3-7 meets Thursdays after school from 4:00-5:30 p.m. to study modern Hebrew and the prayer services, with healthy snacks, songs and fun in a great learning studio environment.  We utilize progressive curricula including URJ Mitkadem, Hebrew Through Movement, Shiri the Llama, Hebrew in Harmony, and have a lot of fun.   The Hebrew Havurah teaching staff is passionate about Hebrew for kids and includes Rabbi Riqi, Morah Zora Berman, a Madricha/h (teen teaching assistant) and other Hebrew specialists.

B’NEI MITZVAH JOURNEY led by Rabbi Riqi Kosovske, is an exciting peer cohort that meets bimonthly on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7 p.m. for students whose B’nei Mitzvah service is scheduled in the upcoming year, with family involvement in services and class Shabbat dinners.  Vegetarian or vegan pizza and dinner is provided by families.

“Torah Improv” led by Heidi Haas – meets during special events such as Shabbat B’Yachad.   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, bedazzling musical hour led by Marlene Rachelle with Rabbi Riqi, full of movement, stories and instruments welcoming the Sabbath and holidays.  Held on the first Friday of the month 5:15-6:00 p.m. followed by a vegetarian Tot Sha-potluck dinner, with cheese pizza provided.  Please bring a veggie dish (no nuts) to share.  Welcoming parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, interfaith, LGBTQ, newcomers, old-timers… All are welcome!

See the Tot Shabbat flyer here (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!

*NEW* Post-B’nei Mitzvah/NFTY-Northeast 6-7-8 Jr. Youth Group & TEEN Groups forming!

Contact Rabbi Riqi to share your ideas for planning our teen programs!