Beth El Preschool Durham

Beth El is a half day child-centered preschool for children ages 18 months through Pre-kindergarten.

Operating as usual

Easy Ways to Celebrate Shavuot 06/05/2022

Chag Shavuot Sameach! Happy Shavuot, the holiday of diary! 🥛 🧀 🍦 🐮

Here’s some fun resources on this wonderful holiday from our friends at PJ Library:

“Originally a harvest festival, Shavuot comes seven weeks after the start of Passover, and celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. Shavuot is also the unofficial universal "eat all the ice cream you can" holiday of the Jewish people. Seriously -- Shavuot is a holiday that feels made for the young and young at heart.”

Easy Ways to Celebrate Shavuot All night dance parties, ice cream sundae bars, and story time are just a few of the ways to enjoy this most kid-friendly of holidays.


Just like that the 2021/2022 school year has come to an end- blocks were built, songs sung, lessons learned, Shabbat celebrated and so many friends made. Visit our website to learn about our wonderful play based school and about enrollment for next year.. 🕊️


Skip the dishes and dine out for Beth El Preschool.


On April 14th Bull City Solera Taproom is donating 10% of proceeds to Beth El Preschool. Come out, enjoy a tasty meal and support our school. Thank you Bull City Solera! Hope to see you there.

Photos from Beth El Preschool Durham's post 03/28/2022

Spring has sprung and it was time to spruce up the playground. Thank you to all who came out on the weekend to lend a hand and spread all that mulch!

Camp Beth El — Beth El Preschool 02/24/2022

Now is the time to sign up for our fun in the sun SUMMER CAMP program. You can access the application right from our website.

Camp Beth El — Beth El Preschool Are you looking for a safe, caring, FUN, place to be during summer? A place with amazing art, ooey gooey science, creative cooking, pigeon parties, wacky water days, super sing-a-longs and hands-on learning and fun galore? In the summer, Beth El Preschool offers morning camp. Each week features a di...


On Friday, our staff participated in the Rainbow Kit training with Rainbow Action Network NC . It provided lots of information on how to help our school be more LBGTQ and Gender Inclusive. We can't wait to explore some of the materials they provided in our classrooms. Look for their upcoming community events. Will link in the comments.

Applications — Beth El Preschool 01/25/2022

With the generous support of Jewish for Good and other donors, Beth El Preschool provides several families each year with financial assistance to enable them to attend. We encourage all who are interested to apply at and email [email protected] for more information about our financial assistance opportunities.

Applications — Beth El Preschool It all starts with a visit. Please call and schedule a tour. We will be happy to show you our school, discuss the application process and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you!


I get a lot of questions about our policy regarding priority admission, so here are a few FAQs:

Q: Who qualified for priority admission to Beth El Preschool?
A: Currently enrolled students, siblings of currently enrolled students, siblings of alumni students, and students whose families are members of Beth El Synagogue or Watts Street Baptist Church all qualify for priority admission.

Q: How do I indicate on my application that I qualify for and request consideration for priority admission?
A: When you fill out your application, the fourth question will ask you to identify any priority enrollment groups to which you belong. If you indicate one of those groups and complete your application by the February 14th deadline for priority consideration, you will be considered as requesting priority admission.

Q: Does priority admission qualify me for any discount or scholarship?
A: Not necessarily. We do offer discounts for younger siblings who enroll while an older sibling still attends and a small discount for members of Beth El Synagogue and Watts Street Baptist Church.

Drop other questions in the comments or email Linsey at [email protected].

Beth El Preschool 01/19/2022

We want to share that our application for 2022-2023 is now live! If you are looking for a quality half-day preschool experience, please consider joining our unique, loving community. For more information or to submit an application, visit If you have questions or want to schedule a tour, contact us at [email protected].

Beth El Preschool Beth El Preschool is a child-centered preschool that encourages each child's sense of wonder, joyful individuality and personal achievement.Our low teacher-student ratios and small classes encourage close friendships, caring and sharing, and a warm sense of community. Our theme-based and age-approp...


As part of our week of Hanukkah celebration, Eliana Light joined us for a Hanukkah concert. The Beth El Preschool students enjoyed learning new songs & dancing together on this beautiful day. Eliana is the artist in residence at Beth El Synagogue and we are so grateful that she shared her time, talent & humor with us today.

You can hear more from Eliana and learn about how she shares her passion for music & Jewish education with all ages at


Beth El Preschool wants to wish Rabbi Daniel Greyber a special happy birthday! He regularly visits the preschool to share a story with the children and is so generous with his time and knowledge. We can't thank him enough for his contributions to our preschool community and the larger Durham community.

In true Beth El Preschool fashion, when I say "Good Morning, Beth El Preschool", let's all reply, "Happy birthday, Rabbi Dan!"

Beth El Preschool 06/09/2021

Beth El Preschool is enjoying a bit of downtime for summer break, but we are looking forward to summer camps starting and our fall opening being just around the corner. We still have several spots open in our 2-3 year old class for summer camp (students as young as 20 months can enroll) and for our Tuesday/Thursday Toddler Time class (age 20 months-2 years) in the fall. If you have a child 18 months or older and are still looking for summer or fall options, check out our website at! We would love to have you join us.

Beth El Preschool Beth El Preschool is a child-centered preschool that encourages each child's sense of wonder, joyful individuality and personal achievement.Our low teacher-student ratios and small classes encourage close friendships, caring and sharing, and a warm sense of community. Our theme-based and age-approp...

Shavuot 05/14/2021

Beth El Preschool will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, May 17-18 for Shavuot. If you are looking for some ideas of how to celebrate with the kids at home, check out these ideas from PJ Library. They have books, recipes, crafts and more! Chag sameach! See you all again Wednesday!

Shavuot Learn all about Shavuot with book lists, recipes, activity ideas, and more!

Photos from Beth El Preschool Durham's post 05/06/2021

This week is teacher appreciation week, we love our Beth El Preschool teachers! Ms. Jill, Ms. Megan, Ms. Melissa, and Ms. Ronit have done amazing things this year making adjustments for COVID-19, changing their curriculum to serve a broader age range of students, and weathering the many transitions we have undergone in the last year. Please share your gratitude and love with them this week!


Beth El Preschool is looking for teachers for next year! If you love children and are interested in working any number of mornings each week (we have options for anything from 1 day to 5 days), please reach out to Linsey at [email protected]. And please share with anyone you know who might be interested. Come join in the fun at Beth El Preschool!

Photos from Beth El Preschool Durham's post 04/19/2021

Spring is in full bloom at Beth El Preschool! The flowers and our wonderful children are growing every day! We are enjoying Ms. Barbra, our outdoor music teacher. She has so many songs and movement activities to keep us busy. This morning we finished our Israeli Independence Day projects with treats made in the shape of flags. This week we are looking forward to Picture Day and starting our Spring themes. Look for more pictures to come as we continue learning through play!

Photos from Beth El Preschool Durham's post 04/07/2021

Today, we had Paul, a volunteer with the American Wildlife Refuge in Raleigh, visit us! He brought Princess, an American Kestrel Falcon, and Speedy, an Eastern Screech Owl, to meet the kids. We learned that both birds weigh just a little more than a stick of butter and both like to eat bugs and moths! We also learned that Eastern Screech Owls are the smallest owl found here in the Eastern US and that American Kestrel Falcons can dive at about 180 miles per hour!
Thank you to American Wildlife Refuge for brining us this great program today, and for the amazing work you do in rehabilitating birds of prey and releasing as many of them back into their natural habitats as you can. If you want to know more about them and their mission, or have them come do a program for you, visit

Photos from Beth El Preschool Durham's post 04/06/2021

We are back from spring break and spring sure has sprung! On our first day back we got to see the beautiful flowers we planted blooming, a lovely lady bug joined one group for class, and the other group had a whole swarm of bugs hatch from one of the stumps on the playground!

Photos from Beth El Preschool Durham's post 03/25/2021

Today was our last day of school before Pesach and Spring Break. A visit from Rabbi Daniel Greyber and lots of fun songs and activities were a great way to head out to break. We look forward to seeing all the children back on Tuesday, April 6, and until then, chag Pesach sameach.

Photos from Beth El Preschool Durham's post 03/24/2021

We had a playground first today: a loose tooth that came out while at school! You never know what may happen when you are at preschool. 😁


If you are looking for a fun Pesach activity for your little ones, consider joining Beth El Synagogue for a Pesach-themed Stoytime and Singalong on Thursday March 25 at 10:00am! Follow this link to join the fun:

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Photos from Beth El Preschool Durham's post 03/19/2021

We are already starting our Pesach preparations here at Beth El Preschool! All the students are talking about the Seder and the story of Passover and both classes have begun making their own Seder plates! We are all excited to try matzo as part of our snack next week and keep learning more about Pesach.

Timeline photos 03/18/2021

Is it too early for some Passover humor? I saw this in the Triangle Jewish Connection Facebook group and couldn’t resist sharing.

Photos from Beth El Preschool Durham's post 03/17/2021

While the adults are a little shocked by the return of rain and cold weather this week, the kids continue to be great sports about it all. Here is hoping that sunshine and warm weather are in our future again soon.

Photos from Beth El Preschool Durham's post 03/12/2021

Spring is in the air and on our playground too. This week the children noticed all kinds of changes. Flowers are beginning to bloom on the weeping willow, squirrels are busy jumping from tree to tree, and the Penguins were so excited to see the first flowers popping up from the bulbs they planted way back in the fall.

It's so fun to work together at Beth El Preschool. You can see pictures of some children measuring each other against a branch of the weeping willow, practicing new skills, playing games and building friendships. All in a day's work for these amazing little people.

Photos from Beth El Preschool Durham's post 03/10/2021

The sun is shining and as usual, we are busy at work and play. The younger class has spent a few days creating their very own firetruck. Working together is fun.

Meanwhile, the Penguin class has been busy putting out fires and delivering mail. We are learning about all kinds of jobs in the community. Looking forward to enjoying our lovely playground during the rest of this beautiful weather week!

Photos from Beth El Preschool Durham's post 03/03/2021

Today, as part of our safety week, we were fortunate to have three officers from the Durham Police Department visit Beth El Preschool! Thank you to Officer Mathews, Officer Whisnant, and Officer Super, a community resource officer, for taking the time out of your day to answer questions, tell the students about your job, give safety advice, and show us your car!

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800 Watts Street
Durham, NC

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 1pm
Tuesday 9am - 1pm
Wednesday 9am - 1pm
Thursday 9am - 1pm
Friday 9am - 12pm
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