Beth Shir Shalom is a place for life-long learning

From our Early Childhood Center to our Adult B'ney Mitzvah class, from JELLI  to Torah Study, there is always learning happening at Beth Shir Shalom, whether you are 18 months old or 95+ year old!  

Beth Shir Shalom has a completely revamped educational program which we lovingly call JELLI (the Jewish Experiential Living and Learning Initiative).  

Our program meets Sunday mornings, with an optional Hebrew support Tuesday for grades 3-6.  Our new curriculum is a hands-on, project based learning program filled with opportunities for children to discover, create, build, and own their Jewish experiences. 

At Beth Shir Shalom, Jewish Education is Life Education, and we guide our students toward discovering all the ways that Jewish knowledge helps them find their better selves.

A Message from Elana Mabashov, our New JELLI Director

As we all prepare to begin the new school year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rabbi Neil and Cantor Diane, as well as the Board and our returning parents and students for welcoming me as your new JELLI Director. I am honored to take on this role, and hope to continue the fine work the Rabbi and Cantor began last year with their inspiring curriculum.

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley where I attended Heschel Day School and Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps. I also attended Tel Aviv University, and had the opportunity to lead summer youth programs in Israel. I have enjoyed a career as an educator in the public school system and in synagogues throughout the Los Angeles area and abroad. I have always felt privileged to be Jewish, and I grew up with a sense of pride knowing that by incorporating Jewish values into my lifestyle, I would contribute to leaving this world a better place than I found it. In the spirit of tikkun olam, I invite all of our students to find a simple project they can participate in to help make the world a better place. It can be anything from helping out at home more (with a smile) to helping clean up our beaches or giving out a snack to someone in need. Students are also invited to start thinking about one thing they would like to do each week to acknowledge Shabbat. Maybe simply eating together at the same table or lighting Shabbat candles. Buying or baking a challah is another delicious way to acknowledge the day. Please feel free to email me at to share your ideas and experiences, as I would love to learn about them.