Who We Are
CBH Community School celebrates the diversity of our students and families in Jewish background, ethnicity, religious beliefs, and sexual identity. We welcome every kind of Jewish family, and love the beautiful distinctiveness each family brings to our school.
Not only do our students receive a Jewish education, but we strive to foster an experience that engages their entire families. We particularly try to capture the essence of community and friendship with our family minyan service every Sunday morning--a 30-minute morning assembly with singing and prayers that we encourage everyone in the family to stay to enjoy. We have also expanded our program, so that we now offer programming for preschoolers through teens.
In our passion for engaging your children, we still make sure that parents aren’t excluded from the fun! Parents can network, find friends, and glean valuable resources from the parent discussions we host periodically, which are generally after family minyan while the kids are in class. We also have an amazing Parent Engagement Team, and we welcome any interested parents to become members and get involved.
Congregation Bet Haverim celebrates Jewish living by fostering connections to people, to spirit, and to tradition.
Bet Haverim (“House of Friends”) was founded by gay men and lesbians as a Jewish home where they could bring their whole selves to fully engage Judaism and Jewish life. Recognizing the value of hospitable, empowering community, CBH grew to enthusiastically embrace all Jews and their loved ones, particularly those who have wandered seeking acceptance. CBH affiliated with the Reconstructionist movement, opened a religious school, established what would become a nationally recognized music program, and hired Rabbi Joshua Lesser, one of the country’s most dynamic religious leaders.
Throughout CBH’s evolution, the congregation’s guiding principles have been rooted in the vision of its founders and early members: Inclusion and Creativity. At Bet Haverim, we work together to create a safe haven of acceptance for both members of the LGBQT community and their allies.