Religious School

Sha’ar Zahav offers families an innovative education program that emphasizes the positive power of diversity and affirms the special worth of every person and every family. Our school’s first teacher, Phyllis Mintzer (z’’l), saw and celebrated the sparks of holiness within every person. Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer (beit sefer means school) is guided by her spirit.

Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer

A diverse and intimate learning community for kids in Kindergarten through 7th grade

· A weekly Shabbat learning experience (Saturdays from 9am-Noon)

· Arts-infused Project Based Learning

· Student voice & choice

· Small, mixed-aged learning groups

· Individual accommodations

· An innovative approach to Jewish tradition

· One-one Hebrew learning

If you’re interested in learning more about the school, please contact Sue Bojdak at education@shaarzahav.org.

Registration for the 2019-20 school year is NOW OPEN!

 

Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer (BSPM)

Sha’ar Zahav offers families an innovative education program that emphasizes the positive power of diversity and affirms the special worth of every person and every family.

Director of Education

Sue Bojdak

Sue Bojdak has been part of the Sha’ar Zahav community since she moved to the Bay Area in 1995. Sue served as the Director of Education from 2001 until 2006, during which time Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer was redesigned and renamed. Sue returned to the role in 2018, after serving as the Director of Education for the intervening 12 years at Temple Sinai–Oakland. Sue is originally from Rochester NY. She holds a BA in Religious Studies from SUNY Stony Brook and an MA in Divinity from the University of Chicago. Sue studied Adult Education at SF State, is a Union for Reform Judaism Outreach Fellow, has been learning with the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute (a national training program for Jewish educators) since 2006 and was recently a fellow with the Fellowship in Applied Jewish Wisdom at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Sue has been working in Jewish education since 1998; she’s worked with kids, teens, adults and families. Sue is particularly interested in creative, inclusive and out-of-the-box learning models. Sue believes in the transformative power of Jewish communal life. And, in the words of the prophet Micah, she strives daily to “do justice, love chesed/lovingkindness, and walk humbly with our God.” Sue lives in Berkeley with her partner, Dana Sheanin, their four teenagers and two kittens.

Contact Sue at education@shaarzahav.org

Religious School Registration

Weekly, we provide children K-7th grade with a Jewish education that includes Torah, ethics, ritual, Hebrew, history and Israel with an emphasis on Jewish diversity and social justice in an LGBT/queer-positive community.

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