The Hebrew School at Har El, the North Shore Centre for Jewish Life

The North Shore Hebrew School offers an excit­ing edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ence that encour­ages fam­ily involve­ment and inspires joy and pride in being Jew­ish. Hebrew lan­guage, hol­i­days, cul­ture and tra­di­tion are taught in an inclu­sive setting.

Expe­ri­enced teach­ers and ded­i­cated par­ent vol­un­teers ensure max­i­mum sup­port for our children.

It is our belief that reli­gious edu­ca­tion is best imparted in a part­ner­ship between the syn­a­gogue and the home – there­fore Jew­ish Fam­ily Edu­ca­tion is an inte­gral com­po­nent of our curriculum.

It is the goal of the North Shore Hebrew School to nur­ture each child’s per­sonal and spir­i­tual growth and pro­duce young learn­ers whose strength of char­ac­ter and Jew­ish iden­tity assist them in their com­mit­ment to Jew­ish con­ti­nu­ity and the improve­ment of the world in which we live.

Our intended impacts

Our school philosophy is based on the following premises:

  • Jewish education is fun!
  • Jewish education is relevant and applicable for the modern family
  • Hebrew school connects Jewish families

As an extension from the above premises, our programs offer students an opportunity to:

  • Gain a deep knowledge of what it means to be Jewish
  • Grow their Jewish identity and develop a pride for being Jewish
  • Embrace and practice Jewish values

Classes run for approximately 30 weeks between Rosh Ha-Shana and Shavuot (September to June)

Our programs

  • Gan Yeladim (Pre K and Kindergarten) Students will enjoy play based learning and art projects to learn Jewish values and the stories at the heart of our tradition.
  • Moadon Yeladim (grades 1-4) Students in grades K-4 will follow a project based curriculum . Students will learn Jewish values from the lenses of self, peers, family and community as is appropriate for their developmental age.
  • Manhigim (grades 5-6) Older students will learn using the Etgar Yesodi curriculum.
  • BBM (grades 7) Students preparing for their Bar and Bat Mitzvah will enjoy a program that focuses on developing their own ideas about Jewish stories and values and learning the value and language of prayer.

Note: Families joining NSHS are expected to become members of Har El in their second year. Please speak to us should you have any concerns.


Gan Yeladim (Pre-K/K)

Sundays 9:30-11:30

Moadon Yeladim (grades 1-4)

Sundays 9:30-12:30

Manhigim (grades 5-6)

Sundays 9:30-12:30 and Tuesdays online 4-6pm


Sundays 9:30-12:30

Con­tact Information

NSHS Principal Rabbi Philip Gibbs
Address 1305 Tay­lor Way West Van­cou­ver B.C. V7T 2Y7
Tele­phone Number 6049256488 ext. 3
Email rabbi@harel.org