Youth Education

CAARS Synagogue Calendar

10th Grade NYC Raffle Fundraiser

Join us in the 2016 10th grade NYC raffle ticket fundraiser. The Agudas Achim Religious School 10th graders are starting to make calls to the CAA community. Please help in supporting their Jewish Heritage trip to New York by purchasing a raffle ticket. Each ticket is $25 or 5 for $100. Your support helps to make the trip more afforable for the families. The winner receives a free membership to Agudas Achim. Click here to buy raffle tickets.


Please review our Guide to our Religious School

Congregation Agudas Achim Religious School (CAARS) provides a well-rounded education, grounded in Jewish literacy and the development of a strong Jewish identity. Jewish literacy emphasizes Jewish understanding of God and the Conservative Jew’s struggle to live with halacha (Jewish law and tradition) in the modern world. Literacy is based on Torah and prayer, well-versed in reading the Hebrew language.  Our children’s identity will be based upon an understanding of Jewish ethical values, concern and identification with K’lal Yisrael (the Jewish People), and knowledge of Jewish culture; all grounded in family, spirituality, and service to God. Our vision of the education at CAARS creates the foundation for life-long Jewish learning and living.

We have started started a Selah School program. Click here for more information.

The Jewish values we teach our children

The CAARS instills in its students a love of being Jewish and an understanding of God.  We feel this love is fostered through a comprehensive CAARS curriculum centered on Jewish values, Hebrew and Tefillah, and knowledge of our history. The curriculum develops Hebrew skills, prayer book skills and mastery of the following concepts:

  • Limmud Torah - Jewish learning

  • Tzedakah - giving to make the world a more just place

  • G’milut Hesed - acts of loving kindness

    • Kibud Av V’aim - honoring parents

    • Lashon Ha’ra - refraining from hurting others through speech

    • Emet - truth telling

    • B’kur Holim - visiting the sick

  • Tikun Olam - mending the world

  • Ahavat Yisrael - identifying with the Jewish people and the modern state

  • Ahavat Habriyot - a loving concern for others

  • B’tzelem Elohim - All humans are created in the Divine image and should be respected as such

Milestone for CAARS students



Typical time

Consecration marks the time when our congregation welcomes our youngest students to the beginning of their formal Jewish education.



Kabbalat haSiddurmarks the public acceptance of our students of their responsibility to learn liturgical Hebrew and one day lead the congregation in prayer. Each child receives a “Sim Shalom” siddur.

Third grade


Kabbalat haTorahmarks the beginning of formal preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah. All children receivetheir own copy of the “Etz Hayim” chumash to prepare for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

Sixth grade


Bar/Bat Mitzvah when children reach an age where they become responsible for their own actions andy my lead prayer and other services in the family and the community.

6th and 7th grades

According to Hebrew birthdate

Bikkurim (First Fruits) signifying the first fruits brought to the temple as found in the Michnah and the Talmud.

10th grade



12th grade

End of school year


Providing our children a Jewish education is a core mission of Congregation Agudas Achim. General fundraising pays for 37 percent of the costs; tuition 36 percent; and special CAARS fundraising accounts for 18 percent. Scholarships underwritten by individuals and contributions from Sisterhood, the Cemetery Fund and the Aytz Chaim endowment account for the remaining nine percent. Please be generous with your time and money in support of CAARS. Donate here


CAARS is a service provided to families of Congregation Agudas Achim to draw us together as a community. Families must be Members in Good Standing in almost all cases. All CAARS Registration is done online and through the school office. Please contact the school office at 512-735-8420 for further information.