Youth Education

Eytan Oren,
Education Assistant

Eytan joined the staff at B’nai Zion in the Summer of 2016. He currently supervises the USY and Kadima program and tutors b’nai 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 (Hebrew School) – Wednesdays
BSI has finished its school year. Contact Tal Cohen for more information on registering for new classes beginning in the fall.

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 virtually on Wednesday afternoons.

  Machanooga – Sundays Machanooga has finished its school year. Contact Traci Sloan, B’nai Zion Co-Director, for more information on registering for new classes beginning in the fall.

On Sundays, B’nai Zion and Mizpah join 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.