3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, Illinois 60091 Weekday Services: M-Fri: 7:00am/Sun: 9am; Sun - Thu: 7:30 pm

The BHCBE Academy

a USCJ Framework for Excellence School


Important Forms for the 2017-2018 School Year

IMG_7296Academy and Hebrew High Re-Registration 2017-2018

New Student Registration  

Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Food Allergy Action Plan

Emergency Medication Administration Form

About Our School

Mission Statement

The Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah Academy continually strives to actively engage and inspire our students through a quality egalitarian Conservative Jewish educational experience, open to both tradition and innovation.

In an environment filled with ruach (spirit), our children are infused with a love of being Jewish, secure in their Jewish identity at home, in the synagogue, and in society. Our curriculum focuses on skills for synagogue and home life, Hebrew language, Bible and Jewish history, and the challenges, joys, and responsibilities of living as a Jew today.

Our school is divided into three parts that reflect the different stages of our students and their Jewish journey: Shorashim (roots), Neta (a young tree), and Hebrew High.

Shorashim (K-2nd)
In Shorashim we introduce our students to the Jewish holidays, important Torah stories, and Jewish values. We also introduce them to the Hebrew language, teaching them the Hebrew words for the objects and people they might encounter in daily life. By the end of Kitah Bet (2nd grade) reading whole Hebrew syllables and short words! Click on any of the grades below to find out our goals for that year and to meet our faculty!

Gan (K) with Brenda Cole

Aleph (1) with Sheryl Adelman Kimmel

Bet (2) with Charone Ousley

Neta (3rd – 8th)
In Neta our students learn the skills to become a comfortable, fully participatory member of the Jewish community. We teach essential Jewish values, the stories of our people, a modern nuanced understanding of Jewish holidays and their meaning, and much more! Between 3rd and 8th grades our students Hebrew skills grow dramatically, learning how to write in cursive, read with fluency, greatly expand their vocabulary, and learn other essential aspects of the Hebrew language. Click on any of the grades below to kind out our goals for that year and to meet our faculty!

Gimel (3) with Ruth Halpern

Dalet (4) with Ruth Nakar (Hebrew) & Yudi Rine (Jewish Studies)

Hey (5) with Yudi Rine (Jewish Studies) & Ruth Nakar (Hebrew)

Vav (6) with Sam Zadikoff (Jewish Studies) & Andy Bassov (Hebrew)

Zayin (7)  Sam Zadikoff (Jewish Studies) & Andy Bassov (Hebrew)

IMG_6482Chet (8) with Debbie Winkler, Rebecca Nadis, and Saretta Lazovsky

Hebrew Reading Specialist Myra Weisberg

Special Needs Consultant Saretta Lazovsky

Hebrew High (9th – 12th) 
Click here to learn more about our innovative Hebrew High program!

Tot Shabbat – Jody Benishay & Charone Ousley

Junior Congregation – Susan Balaban


Framework for Excellence

IMG_0229Framework for Excellence is an awards program established by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism to encourage and recognize quality Jewish education. The application process requires a lengthy and detailed review of all aspects of a school’s program.

Framework schools are expected to

      • include both strong cognitive and affective components
      • include family education and informal youth programming
      • involve the rabbi in planning and programming
      • support ongoing professional development of both the director and the faculty
      • have an established school board
      • support Camp Ramah and Conservative Movement Israel experiences.