Our vision: Beit Sefer Shalom is our community’s home for high-quality Jewish education that meets the diverse academic, social and emotional needs of our students. It is a safe and nurturing environment where students develop a strong Jewish identity and families engage in their own Jewish educational experience.

Philosophy: Supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines, our school provides a unified educational approach. Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Lubuvitch and Reconstructionist Jews, whether affiliated or unaffiliated, are welcome and find common ground in our religious program. Our school respects the differences between Jewish people, emphasizes the importance of being part of a larger Jewish community, and focuses on the values that serve as a foundation of all things Jewish. Everything grows better in Iowa: At Beit Sefer Shalom, our children develop a solid foundation for learning. They expand their knowledge of Judaism and strengthen their Jewish identity and sense of community. Values, customs, holidays, Hebrew, and lessons from Torah are integral components of our program.

Professional Team: Our staff consists of teachers and resource specialists who are passionate about children and Judaism. They hold credentials in early childhood development, K-12 education, educational assessment, and technical areas of study. Many have been a part of our school faculty for multiple years. Area clergy and Israeli shlichot are an integral part of our team, providing guidance on curriculum and actively teaching in our school.

Nurturing the body nurtures the mind: The Caspe Terrace campus provides ample opportunity for your child to stretch all their muscles. Indoors, the lodge and auditorium provide space for prayer practice and large group activities. A craft room is used for creative art, an activity room provides safe gross motor play, and the children's lending library media center offers a growing collection of books, movies, and music. Outdoors, children enjoy climbing on the playground, playing Israeli Dodgeball in our GaGa pit, and picnicking or studying outdoors under the Pavillion. Snacks are fresh, nutritious, and Kosher.

For more information contact Sophie Homonoff, Director of Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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What's New for 2015-16

    Updated Website
  • Quick link to teachers (including weekly classroom updates)
  • Weekly Torah portion and how to talk about it with your children
  • Holiday information and activities
  • Hebrew language guides
  • Information about Israel
    Enhanced student resources
  • At-home OLC link
  • Games (Hebrew language, holidays, Jewish values)
  • Research portal
    Revitalized Madrichim Program
  • Patrick Courtney and Wendy Beckerman, new co-leaders
  • Focused Jewish leadership training
  • Community service and social activities added
  • Interaction with Jewish Drake students at the Hillel House
    New School Programs
  • History Through the Arts
  • Interfaith Youth Programming
  • Trip to Washington, DC for high school aged students