Activity Outside the Classroom

About Us

We Grow Minds!

Supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines, our school provides a unified educational approach. Beit Sefer Shalom 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. Explore our Jewish curriculum by grade level.

Our Location

The 50+ acre Caspe Terrace campus in Waukee provides ample opportunity for your child to stretch and explore. 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 a game of GaGa, and picnicking or studying outdoors under the Pavillion. All snacks are fresh, nutritious, and Kosher.

Staff and Teachers

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 shlichim (emissiaries) are an integral part of our team, providing guidance on curriculum and actively teaching in our school.

Board Members

Our community school board is comprised of members from the greater Des Moines Jewish community, representing the diversity of our entire community.

  • Randi Carr, President
  • Hannah Rogers, Past President
  • Melanie Choos, Programming & Community Outreach Chair
  • Jill Bassman, Volunteer Coordinator Chair
  • Leah Jones, Curriculum Chair
  • Missy Wolnerman, Information Technology & Photography Liaison (At-Large)
  • Maggie Matijevich, Potential & New Students Chair
  • Juli Margolin, Secretary

Contact Us

To get in touch with our staff and leadership, please call 515-987-0899 ext. 221 or email beitsefershalom@dmjfed.org.