Religious School

Philosophy

Led by our dynamic Director of Education, Debbie Deutsch and staffed by some of the most creative and talented instructors and support staff in the field, Etz Chaim's Religious School is a warm, welcoming and interactive place to learn what it means to be Jewish. 

The goal of the Etz Chaim Religious School is to instill a love of Judaism and a working knowledge of Jewish practice. Developing a sense of being a part of a community, a kehilla, is incorporated into all we do. We hope that by completing our Religious School program, our students will feel a level of comfort within any synagogue setting throughout their lives. 

Etz Chaim Religious School utilizes a curriculum that teaches Hebrew decoding, tefillah (prayer), Torah parashiot, having a relationship with God, Israel, holiday rituals and practices. Our spiraling curriculum allows for each year to build upon what was learned in previous years. Families are encouraged to be active participants as well, through volunteer opportunities and parallel learning.

Meet our Team

Debbie Deutsch  

DEBBIE DEUTSCH, M.ED.

Director of Education


Debbie received her B.S. in Special Education from Florida State University and her M.Ed. in Education Administration and Supervision from George Mason University.  Debbie hails from Bowie, Maryland and has the unique distinction of being a member of one of our three-generational families at Etz Chaim. 

In 1995, after enjoying a fourteen-year career in the classroom, Debbie became our Director of Early Childhood Education and beginning in July 2011, Debbie began a new journey as the Director of Education for Congregation Etz Chaim.  In this role, Debbie will be instrumental in the education of our youth from 18 months through High School.

Here at Etz Chaim, Debbie has created a warm and caring environment in which children progress at their own pace in a hands-on developmental program.  She is the ideal person to help instill in our children a love of Judiasm and an understanding of who they are and where they come from. 

Educational Support Staff 

 

Roz Reiss 

ROZ REISS • LEARNING SPECIALIST

After a distinguished career as a classroom teacher, School Counselor, Principal, Director of Special Needs and Learning Specialist in the United States and Israel, Roz joined the Etz Chaim Religious School faculty six years ago.  Believing that every child is a unique person with an individual pattern of abilities and developing abilities, Roz assists our teachers in meeting the needs of all of our children’s learning styles.

Administrative Support Staff

JEN KATZ • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

This is Jen's tenth year working with Debbie Deutsch.  She will be in the office most days to help answer the phone, answer your questions and help make things run smoothly.

 

 

Etz Chaim is...

Congregation Etz Chaim is a progressive, egalitarian Conservative synagogue that provides meaningful Jewish experiences in a welcoming, engaging environment.  We offer:

 

Inspiring religious services
Educational, social, and cultural activities, serving multi-generational needs
A caring community that supports each other through both joyful and challenging life cycle events
Connections with the broader community and opportunities for Tikkun Olam...


Our intention, in all activities, is to provide an environment of warmth and an opportunity for personal growth. We celebrate together, we pray together, and we learn together, making Etz Chaim truly a home away from home. 

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Come and get involved with your community!

We need 1) A Shabbat Greeter; 2) Social Action volunteers! Contact Joe Freeman

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Newcomers

Looking for a Conservative Synagogue?
Please join us for Shabbat Services!
New and prospective members are always welcome!

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