Religious School

Where students learn to explore, enjoy and appreciate self, others, and their Jewish heritage.

The Jewish sages teach us that, “The world stands on three things: Torah, Avodah and G’milut Chasadim” (Avot 1:2). The pursuit of study, worship and acts of loving kindness provide a framework for Jews to live their lives.  That is why these three elements serve as the core of the Chai learning for Jewish life curriculum.

Religious School News


Our School is Inclusive, Experiential, and Innovative, with programming for families with children in preschool to high school.

Highlights of our school’s innovative approach to Jewish education:

  • Children learn Hebrew at their own pace in our Hebrew Language Lab.
  • Students and families enjoy Model Minyan with Rabbi Jamie, Hebrew, and Judaic Studies at ShabbaShul (Saturday school once a month).
  • Families who have children with special scheduling and/or learning needs may be part of our J-Flex individualized learning program.
  • Families and individuals explore self and soul through book studies, family-friendly Shabbats, holidays, and communal celebrations.

Youth Programming

Laughing and Learning Colel (LLC)

This option for Pre K – Kindergarten includes one Wednesday/ month and ShabbaShul.  LLC is designed to foster awareness, respect and love of self and others.  Alternatively, families may choose to enroll in the full time Joyful Jewish Learning Colel.

Joyful Jewish Learning Colel (JJLC)

This option for Pre K – 6th grade includes 2- 3 Wednesdays per month  (including Hebrew Lab) and ShabbaShul day.  Students explore our world through a Jewish lens gaining self-awareness, cultural understanding & appreciation, and Hebrew skill.

Emerging Leaders – B’nei Mitzvah Colel (ELC)

This option for 7th grade includes 2- 3 Wednesdays per month  (including Hebrew Lab) and ShabbaShul.  ELC is sacred for social action, Mitzvot & Torah study, relationship building and special programming for our B’nei Mitzvah students.

J-Flex Colel

This option is for families with special scheduling and/ or learning needs.  Classes meet twice a month at a date, time and location agreed on by participating families and teacher and includes Hebrew Lab and ShabbaShul.

All Youth Programming Includes:

Hebrew Lab

All of our students learn Hebrew in a language lab format that allows them to learn at their own pace through multimodal teaching strategies including an Online Learning Center.  Whether our students are building vocabulary and dictionary skills; practicing reading; listening to books and/or prayers; playing games; creating art projects; doing book work; or learning with Hebrew computer games, the Hebrew Lab engages and motivates them.

ShabbaShul (Saturday School) Colel

Once a month, on Saturday mornings 9:00 – 11:00, students have the opportunity to participate in a Model Minyan with Rabbi Jamie, Hebrew and Judaic studies.  Families participating in the Interfaith book study can also register for child care and ALL are welcome to stay for regular Shabbat services.

Model Minyan

Our students learn from our Rabbi about the prayer service while practicing, praying and singing.  It is a great opportunity to create community among our students and reinforce curriculum.

Teachers and Staff

We have an extraordinary teaching staff that is experienced, dedicated and passionate about Jewish education.  Meeting the individual needs of their students, each teacher makes the classroom come alive with Jewish learning. 

Tara Saltzman

Director of Education

Tara Lynn Saltzman came to Evergreen, Colorado in 1998 from Miami, Florida. With a Master’s in Social Science Education and minors in Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology, she has worked in public and private schools remaining a devoted Religious School educator for over 30 years. Congregation Beth Evergreen nurtures her passions for life-long learning, experiential learning, social justice, environmental consciousness, interfaith dialog, and singing. Through engagement as teacher, tutor, Director of Education, Youth programming coordinator and adult ed committee member, she builds opportunities for students and adults to explore their curiosity, make multi-faith connections to support shared goals and values.

Carol Morris

Educational Consultant

Carol Loveman Morris has worked for the last 20 years in the Denver Jewish community as an educator, trainer, administrator and advocate for Jewish education. She enjoyed her first year as the Director of Education here at Beth Evergreen. She continues to work in Denver at B’nai Havurah as the School Principal and Community Resource Director as she has for the last 4 years ago. Carol lives with her husband, Marty, a Denver native and one furry child/dog named Tovi. Their children, Joey and Lani, are both living away at college most of the year. Joey will be a senior at Brandeis University and Lani will be a sophomore at the University of Puget Sound. She enjoys the natural beauty of Colorado, traveling and of course spending time with her family.

Todd Jelken

Hebrew Lab Teacher

Before moving to Denver, Todd was raised and went to school in the Chicago area. He was an active learner and participant in various Jewish circles, including his synagogue, college Hillel, and some time in Yeshiva Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem. Todd has been a classroom teacher at CBE and assistant teacher in Hebrew Lab for two years, and he is taking over the role of Hebrew Lab teacher this year. Outside of CBE, he is a shift leader at Modern Market and a trainer for opening new locations, as well as moonlighting as a part-time super hero.