Selah, in partnership with CAARS at Congregation Agudas Achim, offers four class levels of Jewish learning:

  • K -1 Graders

  • 2nd Graders

  • 3rd & 4th Graders

  • 5th & 6th Graders

enrolling 5779-5780 (2019-2020)

12 classes for fall, 17 for spring and 29 classes for the year
First day of school Sept 12

Total Tuition for Fall 2019
$444 for 12 classes ($37.00 per class)

To secure your child’s place, a $100 deposit is required (use the button below to pay). Please include in the “purpose” field “Selah School deposit for 'child’s name and grade in current year'.” For more information about tuition and deposit, please email us at:

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5779-5780 (2019-2020) Cost and Details

  • Location: Austin New Church conveniently located at 2701 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 787804, in between Manchaca and Bluebonnet on South Lamar.

  • $37/class, payable in full before start of each semester.

  • Class is once a week September-May

  • Classes will run through mid-May, following the AISD calendar for holidays.

  • Class size will be maximum 10 children.

  • Classes will be drop-off with occasional parent participation. Feel free to stay for the first class if you/your child would be more comfortable.

  • Contact us for times and more details


Curriculum includes

  • Music that enriches the program

  • Jewish holiday activities and discussions

  • Integrated art projects

  • Group conversations and literature experiences on Shabbat, mitzvot, Tzedakah and Jewish values

  • Hebrew vocabulary to enhance and expand learning projects



Our Staff


Nava Berg’s parents made aliyah after the 6-day war and moved to Haifa. Her father is a professor at Haifa University. Nava was raised in the Masorti movement and was very active in their youth programs. After high school she did her national army service and then moved to Virginia where she earned a BA in religious studies from William and Mary College. Upon returning to Israel she did a second degree in the Arts. Nava has extensive experience with children and currently teaches 5th grade at CAARS. She is fluent in Hebrew and English.


Sam Rosenstein is completing his MA in Jewish Education at Hebrew College in Boston. He has extensive background in special needs, Israel and the Holocaust. He is also an expert in Torah and Haftarah trope. Sam taught at CAARS for seven years and at Selah School for two years and we are happy to have him on our staff again.


Elijah Blumov is a teacher, writer, and musician from Austin, TX. He recently completed his studies at Brooklyn College, where he double majored in Music and Philosophy. His interests include Idealist, Mystical and Religious Philosophy, metaphysical poetry, 19th and early 20th century literature, Classical and Heavy Metal music, cheese and hot sauce connoisseurship, travel, and hiking. He is excited to work with and participate in the Selah community, and hopes to represent the poetic wonder, philosophical rigor, and aesthetic appreciation latent within Judaism in an impactful way to his students, as well as nurture them to develop their minds and characters to become leaders in Jewish life.


Sarah Bandujo is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin studying International Relations and Global Studies with a special interest in Religious Studies. Although Sarah does not come from a Jewish home, she is an active member of the Jewish community at UT as she has taken a special interest in Judaism. Selah is the perfect environment for Sarah to combine her love for working with children with the Jewish values that have resonated with her


Rabbi Susan Lippe  (Guest Teacher) is an enthusiastic and creative teacher. She enjoys talking, listening and laughing with our students. She is masterful at engaging children and inspiring a love of learning through projects like Jewish Origami and fun skits based on Bible stories.Rabbi Lippe comes to us with a great deal of education and experience. She earned a Masters in Jewish Education (1997) as well as Rabbinic Ordination (2000) at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. She worked as a Rabbi-Educator at Congregation Beth Am of Los Altos Hills, California for 6 years and the Rabbi-Educator at Congregation Beth Israel of Austin, Texas for 7 years. Rabbi Lippe loves teaching at Selah School because she loves our prayer community and the amazing staff at CAA. When she isn’t praying, shmoozing, noshing, teaching or learning at Selah, Rabbi Lippe is probably crocheting something cool to donate or studying Modern Spanish and Biblical Greek.

Agudas Educational director


Adra Lustig joins the Congregation Agudas Achim community as its new Director of Education and will as such play an important role in Selah. Over the summer, she will transition into the role, working with our VP of Education, Brooke Hersh-Thompson, and Dr. Harvey Raben. Adra brings an inspired passion for professional Jewish education as well as a decade of experience as a teacher, camp leader, and religious school administrator. She holds a Masters degree in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Bachelors degree from Brandeis University. 

Co Founder


Nina Miller started Selah School out of her living room five years ago with one teacher and four kids. It was the collaborative vision of Nina Miller, Brian Lindauer, and David Ansel who at the time were all parents of young children and wanted a version of Judaism and Hebrew school that fit in with their south Austin lifestyle. Nina has worked closely with Dr. Harvey Raben from the beginning to create a program that resonates with the desires and objectives of our school’s parents. Together they have grown the school to over 20 students with four dedicated teachers. These teachers bring engaging and interactive learning to the classroom through baking projects, drama, yoga, music, and other creative vehicles through which the curriculum is taught. Nina’s goal for the school is to make learning meaningful and fun, to build a rich Jewish community in South Austin, and to instill a sense of Jewish pride and Jewish identity in each child. Nina is originally from Boston and has lived all over the US as well as in Paris, Switzerland, and Israel. She has degrees from Northwestern University in Fine Arts and French literature and from Art Center College of Design in graphic and packaging design. She travels extensively with her techie husband and adventurous 10-year old son. Nina is a family and lifestyle photographer and healthy food blogger.

curriculum consultant

Dr. Harvey Raben earned an MA in Contemporary Jewish Studies from Brandeis University and his doctorate from the University of Toronto in Education. He has served as teacher and administrator in Montreal, Toronto, Seattle and San Diego. He returned to Texas, where he grew up, in 2009, as Director of Congregational Learning at Agudas Achim and has since been deeply involved Jewish education in Austin. A father of 3 children,  Harvey and his wife Sandy enjoy the vibe of Austin, especially with one of his home brews, a serious hobby he continues in Austin. From the earliest stages Harvey has supported the creation of Selah, from the ‘heavy lifting’ of setting up chairs at the first Selah services at Casa De Luz to the beginnings of Selah school in South Austin. Harvey has enjoyed the collaboration with Selah’s committed lay leadership and supports Selah in creating its own educational path in South Austin.

Selah Staff

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We hold our classes in the beautiful facilities of Faith Methodist Church preschool. It has large, open, bright classrooms, a fully functioning kitchen, multiple bathrooms, and a gorgeous playscape.