Beth-El Congregation

Education

We at Beth-El Congregation seek to create innovative learning experiences for all ages and levels of observance that connect us to our tradition, to each other and to Torah. Through active life-long engagement with our texts, history, rituals, music and arts, we aspire to grow continuously as individuals, as members of the Jewish community and as citizens of the world.

By approaching mitzvot within a context of study and understanding, our actions become more meaningful and purposeful, fostering our desire to learn more. Mitzvot strengthen our connections to Judaism, and enliven our homes, infusing them with the sights, sounds, and tastes of our tradition.

We appreciate the breadth of Jewish experience and culture, and recognize that there are many paths that lead each of us to spiritually fulfilling lives. We seek learning that inspires us, that matters to us, that affects how we live each day.

Our learning roots us, and excites us, but it also challenges us to think critically. We respect diversity of thought and our approach to learning reflects Beth-El’s egalitarian Reform philosophy. We are committed to creating an environment that is comfortable and welcoming for all learners.

By Nurturing Jewish Minds, Inspiring Jewish Actions and Igniting Jewish Spirit, We Energize Our Community and Ensure Our Future.

Upon completion of their studies in the Beth-El Religious School, we aspire that students will:

  • Be able to affirm their Jewish identity
  • Demonstrate a commitment to Jewish living and learning
  • Have insight and respect for family and community Understand practices, traditions, holiday celebrations, and life cycle events
  • Be familiar with music, songs, and the folk life of the Jewish people
  • Participate in and comprehend the significance of mitzvot and tzedakah toward the various communities in their lives
  • Have insight into contemporary Reform Jewish values, ethics and issues
  • Be familiar with modern Jewish history, specifically, the Holocaust, the State of Israel, and American Jewish history
  • Possess knowledge of the content and significance of the Bible
  • Understand and appreciate the structure and components of the worship service including reading Hebrew from a prayer book and the Torah