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Keshet, Confirmation Classes

We are ecstatic to have Rabbi Jeremy Simons and Rabbi Bess Wohlner as our Keshet and Confirmation Teachers this year! In order to build relationships with all of our students, the rabbis will alternate teaching the classes throughout the year.

Keshet and Confirmation, as well as Teen Space Time, will now be meeting on Sunday afternoons following Religious School. Teen Space Time will begin around noon with class being concluded at 2:00 p.m. During Teen Space Time, pizza is provided and our teens have an opportunity to socialize with their friends.

Keshet is the educational offering for our students in eighth and ninth grades and meets approximately twice each month, October through May. Keshet utilizes a dynamic curriculum, with opportunity for input from our students, and includes Jewish perspective on current events as well as continued learning about Israel and the Holocaust. Keshet students are also invited to participate in monthly Teen Tikkun Olam experiences such as volunteering at the IRWS (Interfaith Winter Rotating Shelter), leading Kabbalat Shabbat services and visiting with residents at the University Retirement Center, and running activity booths at the Purim Carnival.

Confirmation Class is the educational offering for students in tenth grade. The curriculum is built on an exploration of Jewish texts and how they inform our lives today. One of the highlights of the Confirmation year is a day trip to explore Jewish San Francisco. The year culminates with students leading a Confirmation service around the time of Shavuot, celebrating the giving of Torah and harvesting their own learning. Confirmation students are also invited to participate in the monthly Teen Tikkun Olam experiences. 

Rabbi Simons comes to CBH after eight years serving as a rabbi in Jackson, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to his ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, Rabbi Simons worked as a synagogue youth director in the Boston area. He has been teaching Religious School since 2003 and remains deeply proud of the eighth grader who evaluated one of his classes with “it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.” Rabbi Simons enjoys challenging students to think for themselves and helping them discover meaning and connections to their Judaism. Outside of CBH, you can find him spending time with Rabbi Wohlner and their two young children and working to brew the perfect cup of coffee.  Rabbi Simons can be reached at rabbijeremysimons@bethaverim.org

Rabbi Wohlner joins CBH following seven years in Memphis, Tennessee as a rabbi and educator. Before beginning rabbinical school, Rabbi Wohlner worked as a synagogue youth director in the Washington DC region. She has been teaching Religious School since 2002 and describes learning with students as her “happy place”. Rabbi Wohlner encourages questions and most enjoys discussions with students about the intersection of Judaism and lived experiences. Outside of CBH, you can find her spending time with Rabbi Simons, their two young children, and their beloved German Shepherd. Rabbi Wohlner can be reached at rabbibesswohlner@bethaverim.org.


Enrollment is accepted at any time during the school year. If there is an unpaid balance from the previous school year, please contact the CBH office (530-758-0842) to make a payment.

A minimum payment of 50% of the unpaid balance from a previous school year is required before you can register your child for the upcoming school year and a payment plan needs to be in place for the remainder of the balance.

Financial assistance is available. Please review our scholarship application page; contact the Executive Director confidentially for questions.

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