Temple Beth El Children’s Education Program
At Temple Beth El, we strive to provide meaningful, enjoyable Jewish education for children ages five through thirteen. We emphasize Hebrew language skills for learning prayers and blessings, Jewish values and customs, and holiday observance. We try to help every child and family develop a strong, positive sense of belonging to the diverse local, national and international Jewish community. Together we explore the joys and challenges of our relationship with Israel. We both preserve and reinterpret ancient traditions to enhance contemporary family life and develop Jewish identity.
Our Children’s Education Program begins with the monthly Family Aleph Program for children ages 3 to 4 and their parents, continues with the Beit Limud program, which includes Kitah Bet for children ages 5-6 and Kitah Gimmel for children ages 7-10, and culminates in Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration for children ages 13 or older. (For details please see Guide to B’nai Mitzvah at Temple Beth El.) We also work with families in the event that home study better enables participation in our community. We welcome inter-faith families. All families must be members to register for CE programs.
Temple Beth El students and parents have access to our Temple Library, a vibrant social network, and guidance from Rabbi Naomi Steinberg. The Children’s Education program includesd special guest presentations, community service projects, and cultural events. Our program is led by the CE Director, Scott Joachim, and includes the teaching staff, madrachim, and our parent-led Children’s Education Committee.