CBI Forest School

Present in the Wilderness

Our Story

In March of 2020, CBI Preschool and Kindergarten closed its doors along with the rest of the world and embarked on virtual learning. Knowing this was a viable option for young children,   the forest school plan was born.. By inviting the older siblings to attend, we ensured our school would remain a tight knit community and stay in-person. Within weeks we had 106 students enrolled, podded in classes by family, and a new forest location just outside of the city limits. The  Jewish Forest School began its journey.


We learned that when communities are clear in vision and hope, the terrain can be managed no matter how difficult.  This past year we were successful beyond our imaginations. We not only survived through the pandemic, we thrived. Like all great Jewish stories, the idea for the Forest School was formulated for our safety, but turned out to be something more. We learned that the outdoors provides the perfect tapestry for innovative Jewish learning experiences. We are excited about the future and will continue on our journey through the wilderness for the 2021-22 school year.


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