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Our Programs:

2 year olds – 3 days a week (Tue,Thu,Fri)  
3 year olds
– 3 days a week (Tue,Thu,Fri)
4 year olds
– 5 days a week (Mon-Fri)
Pre K – 
5 days a week (Mon-Fri)

Lunch bunch
- Mon-Fri, 12pm-1pm
Enrichment classes
Days vary by session, 1pm – 2pm

The Beth Israel Preschool recognizes the significant role it can play in establishing a framework through which Jewish experiences can be integrated into an enriching, child centered, art based preschool curriculum. Our program also offers young children the opportunity to become familiar with Jewish holidays, rituals, and Hebrew language in a preschool setting. We place an emphasis on the whole child and respect that all children learn in different ways. Each child’s ideas are nurtured, creating an environment that is conducive to developing independence and confidence, and inspiring creativity. Our integrated approach pays attention to the young child's physical skill development, self-expression, social skills, coping strategies, and cognitive learning, as well as his or her emotional adjustment and well being.

preschool2015-8The Beth Israel Preschool curriculum is designed to support children’s interests, and it is the teacher’s role to support that learning through investigations, experiences and activities. We see children as confident, capable and eager to learn. Children learn best by hands-on experiences that spark interest, curiosity and inquiry.

We serve the needs of young children by providing a child centered, developmentally appropriate environment that encourages positive self-esteem, social skills, coping strategies, self-expression, creativity and independence. Children are encouraged to think deeply as they create art, play with friends, read and write stories, dance, sing, and explore.

Families as Partners

preschool2015-4The relationship between child, family and teacher is the foundation for positive learning. Family participation is encouraged in all facets of the school community. Our families help with special activities and events working in partnership with the faculty to ensure a successful early childhood education experience.


Welcoming a New Generation to the Joys of Judaism our Tot Shabbat Services are geared towards preschool aged children and their families. Services are held the first Saturday of each month. This engaging, interactive service is lead by our Clergy and song leader Kim Schneiderman and is followed by a thematic craft project and Oneg (refreshments). The Tot Shabbats are a great time for families with young children to meet each other in a relaxed, positive Jewish environment.


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The Jewish Federation is proud to introduce RIGHT START!

Would you like up to $2000 towards your child’s Jewish preschool tuition?

To be eligible, your child must be:

  • Enrolled in a participating Jewish infant care, toddler care, or preschool for the first time.
  • Enrolled in a class where the child attends independently and meets at least 2 days per week. The program may be half-day or full-day.
  • A member of a family where at least one parent identifies as Jewish.

Visit the Federation Right Start webpage for more information.

Right Start is proudly brought to you by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. Matching funding provided by the National Jewish Right Start Program, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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Beth Israel Preschool Vision

To provide a safe, nurturing environment where children embark on a Jewish journey; their love for learning is supported through inquiry, discovery, play; and our intentional approach to teaching and learning fosters the development of the whole child.

Preschool Information

2016-17 Preschool Calendar

2016-17 Preschool Parent Handbook

2016-17 Preschool Registration Form

For more information on our preschool, contact Sarah This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 503-222-1069.