Reishis Chochmah

Beit - Shemesh

At “The Beginning of Wisdom” we give each child the best today – so that they can reach as far as possible in the future. Here, our students learn to overcome difficulties, to integrate into society and to always look forward.



Boys’ Kindergartens - Kindergartens for children with developmental or language delays. Among our 11 kindergartens, there are kindergartens in Hebrew, a Yiddish kindergarten, and a Hasidic kindergarten which is combined with a Bible Study kindergarten (affiliated with the local Gur Hasidim congregation).

Bible study – For children in Kindergarten through ninth grade, with complex learning disabilities, behavioral-emotional difficulties or borderline IQ, as well as separate classes for children with mild to moderate mental retardation

The staff and students:

Two hundred youngsters from Beit Shemesh and the surrounding area attend Reishis Chochma institutions. One hundred dedicated staff members accompany them on their journeys into the world of education and training. Staff members include melamdim (tutors) teachers and pre-school teachers who are certified to work at special education schools, a staff of qualified teaching assistants and a staff of para-medical therapy providers who are licensed by the Ministry of Health.

The studies:

Judaic studies, augmented Hebrew language and reading lessons, mathematics, sports, art, computers, music and vocational training, including guidance for independence and for entering the work force. Classroom instruction is given both in the morning and in the afternoon, according to the Ministry of Education's "full day" standard. In addition, individualized lessons are available for each student.

The therapies:

Speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, art, music and animal-assisted therapy. The psychologist and psychiatrist guide the parents. Advanced methods such as Neural Development Treatment and D.I.R.® (Developmental, Individual, Relationship-based  Floortime) help to reduce learning and social and emotional gaps and expand abilities. Each child receives intensive therapeutic and learning assistance, beyond that which is mandated and funded by the Ministry of Education.

The activities:

The youngsters at Reishis Chochma institutions enjoy a unique involvement in in mainstream youth movements, they organize a yearly Purim party for the children of Beit Shemesh, and they volunteer in the community. These activities help the youngsters to integrate into society, to donate time and effort to the general well-being of the community at large, and to derive satisfaction from being part of humanity.

The successes:

Ninety percent of the pre-school students and an impressive percentage of youngsters who attend Reishis Chochma schools succeed in integrating into mainstream schools. Youngsters from the Reishis Chochma network acquire knowledge and skills in academics and in the social and vocational spheres. They continue to use these skills in the gamut of life's activities as they grow up.

"Parents tell me that they have received a 'new' daughter since they sent their child to our school. Parents describe to me the successes that their son has experienced in the mainstream Talmud Torah he now attends after having attended Reishis Chochma. They recall the difficulties they had taking care of their special-needs child before they came to us, and they express regret that they didn't do it earlier. Even if the path is difficult, every child can make progress and blossom."


‒Ms. Brachi Glazer, Headmistress

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Reishis Chochmah

40 Hayarkon st.

Beith - Shemesh

Tel: 02-992-4796

Fax: 02-6507759


Main Office:

9 Mishkovski. St.

Rechasim 2045001

Tel: 04-9849-138

Fax: 04-9849-147

AFO Tzohar Halev

5314 16th Ave Ste 317

Brooklyn, NY  11204 

Office Phone: (718)894-6600

Fax: (718)715-4411

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