United Jewish School - בית ספר ביחד

At the United Jewish School, we strive to create a school environment that strengthens our students' Jewish identity, allows them to explore their Judaism, and encourages them to be good citizens of the Jewish community in Grand Rapids and around the world.

A combined Jewish school

UJS is a combined supplemental religious school serving the Reform congregation of Temple Emanuel and the Conservative congregation of Ahavas Israel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We enroll students from Gan Katan (ages 2-4) through 12th grade. Students attend school on Sunday mornings for Judaic and Hebrew learning. Starting in 3rd grade, we offer additional Hebrew classes on Wednesday afternoons or early Sunday morning.

United Jewish School’s mission

  • Creating a positive Jewish identity among our students
  • Building a cross-congregation Jewish community between our students, their families and our two temples
  • Prepare our students to be lifelong participants in the Jewish community

Who we are

UJS was established in 2006 as a combined school between Temple Emanuel and Congregation Ahavas Israel.

Enrollment is approximately 150 students ranging from Gan Katan (2 to 4 years-old) to 12th grade. We have a staff of 30 teachers and high school madrichim (aides). On Sunday, school is located at Temple Emanuel. 

Our digital Hebrew program is either on Wednesday or early morning Sunday before religious school. We have a large staff of teachers and high school madrichim. 

On Sunday, class is held from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and school is located at Temple Emanuel. There are two supplemental Hebrew programs, Sunday morning at 9:00 and Wednesday afternoon, from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. (located at Congregation Ahavas Israel).

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