Youth Education

Laurie Fisher, Interim Director of Education and Engagement

Laurie has filled all sorts of roles for B’nai Zion, as Chair of Education, organizing our Scholars of the Scroll program, teaching and thinking through the adult ed classes, volunteering to substitute in BSI whenever needed, and leading services and leining Torah on a weekly basis. Laurie, who is working on her EdD in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Jewish Education, is a natural choice in the interim, as our congregation envisions our future.E-mail Laurie at

Eytan Oren,
Education Assistant

Eytan joined the staff at B’nai Zion in the Summer of 2016. He currently supervises the USY and Dadima program and tutors b’nei mitzvah students. Eytan uses his graphic design skills to create ads for the BZ voice and various BZ publications.
A native of Gainesville, Florida, Eytan graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Jewish Studies and a minor in Music Performance (don’t hold his love for the Gators against him). He spent the summer of 2013 studying at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and most other summers at Camp Ramah Darom where he was both a camper and staff member. He also worked for five years at Congregation B’nai Israel in Gainesville, serving as head of Junior Congregation, a Hebrew school teacher, b’nai mitzvah tutor and youth group advisor for Kadima and USY. E-mail Eytan at

                                 Beit Sefer Ivri – Wednesdays

BSI has completed it’s school year. Please check back for announcement about the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

At Beit Sefer Ivri, our students share celebrations and life cycle events, have the opportunity to develop a personal connection to God, and discover the beauty of Judaism. They express the Jewish values they learn in their personal  behavior while building basic skills. Our Morot and Morim (teachers) make afterschool learning fun while helping students to build competency in reading from the Torah and leading services. Each child’s connection to Judaism is fostered through engaging learning and exposure to Jewish role models. We welcome children ages Pre-K through B’nai Mitzvah to join us on Wednesday afternoons.

Machanooga – Sundays 


Machanooga has gone virtual! You can follow this link at 10:00 am on Sundays to join remotely.

On Sundays, we  join together as a larger community, both BZ and Mizpah Congregations together, to focus on Jewish values while learning in an engaging and fun atmosphere. Machanooga, combining Machane (camp) and Chattanooga,  begins each week with Shirah, energetic Jewish songs, and Hebrew vocabulary. We end the day with Chugim (electives), active personal exploration of living the values learned. Learn more here.

Shabbat morning services, including Youth Shabbat are temporarily suspended until May 11, at which time we will evaluate the situation.

Youth Shabbat 
Saturday, May 2, 9:30 am (Cancelled)

Join us as we show off the future as our youth lead services, read Torah, and share their thoughts. We’ll induct new members into the Ashrei Academy, honor our graduates, thank our teachers and celebrate our young members and their Judaism. Contact Laurie Fisher for more information.