Jewish culture and values

We celebrate Jewish culture in a developmentally appropriate way through joyous holiday festivities, stories, music and art, shared values, and by celebrating Shabbat (Sabbath).

We welcome Shabbat every Friday by singing and reading stories as a school with the Rabbi, lighting the Shabbat candles, saying the blessing over grape juice, and baking and sharing challah (braided egg bread).

We teach the Jewish values that are universal and relevant to our children’s worlds, such as chesed (loving kindness), tzedakah (justice/charity), kavod (honor/respect/dignity) and tza’ar ba’alay cha’yim (avoiding cruelty to animals).

BACNS is open to everyone. We welcome all preschool aged children and their families into our community, regardless of faith or affiliation.

We value a multicultural environment and encourage families with other traditions and celebrations to share them with us in the context of learning about our broader community.

Learn more here: Jewish holidays at BACNS, Jewish values at Congregation Beth Ami.


Beth Ami Community Nursery School is a program of Congregation Beth Ami, and is supported by the Jewish Community Federation (JCF) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, as well as Jewish Learning Works and First Five Sonoma County