About Us
(352) 376-1508 ext. 110
3830 NW 16 Blvd.
Gainesville, Florida 32605


Mission Statement


B'nai Israel Community Day School's mission is to provide a community of safe and secure learning where children and families can flourish , experiencing the beginning of a lifelong love of both Jewish and secular learning.
School Philosophy

The staff at B'nai Israel Community Day School is hardworking, devoted and committed to educating young children. They are driven to look at the needs of each child and work tirelessly to make every day fun, diverse and exciting for all of their students. The philosophy of the school encourages exposing children to many activities throughout the day allowing them to learn what their preferences are as they grow and develop. Throughout the day, children experience yoga, sing a longs, outdoor gardening, Judaics, messy play, computers, time with the B'nai Israel Seniors group, circle time, nature walks, playground time, cooking and more.
Debby Kinman-Ford - Day School Director

Debby Kinman-Ford has been director of B'nai Israel Community Day School since 2004. Prior to that she spent five years in the Gainesville's Jewish community as Program Director for the Jewish Community Center Without Walls and over ten years  as an educator and consultant for both the Alachua County and Miami Dade County Public School systems. Her training specializes in social and emotional development. She feels her work at B'nai Israel blends her love of Judaism and education together seamlessly.  She has two daughters, Alisha and Rebekah.
We have had the pleasure of being a part of the B'nai family for six years now, and are looking forward to another four! Our four children, three of whom are still enrolled at B'nai have had truly wonderful experiences. We are not a Jewish family, however we have always felt very welcomed to join in the festivities. A few of the traditions such as our Friday night Shabbat (our family game night) will continue to be a mainstay in our home for the rest of our lives. The gardening, chickens & outdoor enrichment activities really fall in line with our desire to have active, environmentally aware children. Classroom activities are very age appropriate, and although they don't promise to have your child reading by the time they are graduating Pre-K, the various classroom activities reinforce the letters, colors and numbers that they are teaching. My son, who is currently in Kindergarten was extremely well prepared for school both socially and academically. We have had the opportunity to interact with, or have as a teacher, most everyone in the school. They all have one common theme to their personality…..a love for children. I have not been an active member of the PTA, but there is a strong one at the school. Though I do not attend the meetings, the PTA members get information out to everyone whether via flyers or emails. The "community" at this school is amazing, and as you can see I have a hard time finding an end point to my review. There is just too much to list.
—Submitted by a parent

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This is our 4th year at Bnai. My daughter started Bnai when she was 14 months and is now finishing her Pre-K year. I will be sad to leave Bnai because this has been such a wonderful school! Each year, we've had great teachers and aids in each class. The staff at Bnai are caring, thoughtful and very detailed. The school is clean, safe, incredibly organized, has a great curriculum, has a garden, chickens, an amazing outdoor play area with a nature trail, a library, and a computer room. I have been the "room mom" for the past two years, so I have spent a good amount of time in the classroom helping with service and special projects. I have always been impressed at how well the school is run and how responsive the teachers and administration have been. But above all - the best review I can give is from my daughter. When we pick her up, she is incredibly happy and is usually having so much fun that she doesn't want to leave! I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent
Posted May 18, 2015

I am a parent of 2 young boys (6 months, and 2 and a half years old) at B'nai Israel. Our experience as a family has been amazing and I could not imagine having my boys spend their days anywhere else. I toured several daycares in Gainesville before I enrolled my oldest at 8 months old. As a new mom I was nervous and hesitant to leave him. Now, at over 2 years old, on the rare days when I keep him home I feel guilty that he is missing out on all of the fun (e.g., playing with chickens, or exploring the awesome new outdoor play area). In addition, he has learned so much in his class and is excited about showing off his skills. That is a direct reflection of the amazing teachers and their enthusiasm about teaching and seeing the children learn! Now my younger son is in the infant's class and I feel very comfortable leaving him to learn and explore. All of the staff and administration are very friendly and approachable.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 2, 2014


Both of my children attended B'nai Israel, so our family has been part of this school for the last 8 years. My son and daughter were more than prepared for kindergarten, both academically and socially. Over the years, I have consistently found the staff to be warm and caring. The school is always clean and well-maintained. As a speech-language pathologist, I see children in many preschools in Gainesville, and I rarely find a school in which the children are as actively engaged by the teachers as they are at B'nai Israel. I have found the curriculum to be an excellent balance of academics, play, and physical activity. I would highly recommend this school to any Gainesville parent who is in search of a quality preschool.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 12, 2014


My son just finished his final year before heading off to Kindergarten. For the last three years we have been very happy at B'Nai. He has had wonderful teachers who have made sure he is more than prepared for Kindergarten. The Director and Staff truly care about these kids and it really shows. The family atmosphere and smaller class sizes help foster great relationships. My youngest will start in the one's room this August. I wouldn't even consider letting him go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 6, 2014

All three of my children are enrolled at B'nai [Israel]. It is a very warm and loving environment. The ethnic environment that is at Bnai is very unique in Gainesville. I grew up in a military family, and I was able to experience many cultures as we moved to various countries. I really appreciate that my children will get to experience to a lesser extent some valuable lessons such as: people may believe differently or speak differently, but in essence are the same. Debbie is a wonderful director, and is always approachable and honest. Packing my children's lunches at times is a stressor that I would prefer not to do, but in the end, I do enjoy that I control what they eat. I have never met more children with such healthy eating habits than those at Bnai. It is great that when my kids open their healthy lunch boxes, the child sitting next to them is probably eating beets, cauliflower, salmon or some other healthy snack. Overall I am very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent
My son had a great experience at B'Nai as a three and four year old. He was well prepared for Kindergarten and received lots of love while learning. For parents who wish to be engaged with a community preschool this is a good fit - several events throughout the year bring the whole school and families together, Jewish holidays are celebrated with engaging and age appropriate fun. The facilities are some of the best in Gainesville for little people and the staff has always been friendly and professional with me and my family.
—Submitted by a parent
Posted February 23, 2014

We moved to Gainesville a about a year ago and wanted to put my son in daycare for the first time. We inititally enrolled him in another preschool but he was very unhappy there. After several other parents I met told me about how happy they were with B'nai we decided to switch him. My son was instantly happy at B'nai. He has been in the 2 year old classroom and has had an excellent lead teacher with over 25 years of experience. He has really thrived with her loving yet firm approach as well as with the curriculum which includes music, yoga, gardening and computer time and provides a nice structure to the day. We have also enjoyed the close-knit family type of environment. There are lots of events for parents to participate in throughout the year, creating a real sense of community. Also, even though our family is not Jewish we have loved learning with our son Hebrew, as well as Jewish customs and traditions. Finally, the director and office staff have always been super friendly and responsive too all our questions. I can't say enough good things about our experience here. It is really a wonderful school and I would recommend it highly!
—Submitted by a parent
My son had a great experience at B'Nai as a three and four year old. He was well prepared for Kindergarten and received lots of love while learning. For parents who wish to be engaged with a community preschool this is a good fit - several events throughout the year bring the whole school and families together, Jewish holidays are celebrated with engaging and age appropriate fun. The facilities are some of the best in Gainesville for little people and the staff has always been friendly and professional with me and my family.
—Submitted by a paren
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