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.
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 (emissaries) are an integral part of our team, providing guidance on curriculum and actively teaching in our school.
Our community school board is comprised of members from the greater Des Moines Jewish community, representing the diversity of our entire community.
- Maggie Matijevich, President
- Randi Carr, Past President
- Melanie Choos, Programming & Community Outreach Chair
- Jill Bassman, Volunteer Coordinator Chair
- Jenny Blumberg, Curriculum Chair
- Missy Wolnerman, Information Technology & Photography Liaison (At-Large)
- Juli Margolin, Secretary
To get in touch with our staff and leadership, please call 515-987-0899 ext. 221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.