Congregation Beth El Adult Education offers classes, programs, and activities that deepen and enrich the Jewish learning of our congregants. Drawing from the rich resources of our congregation and our community, we offer a stimulating learning environment that encompasses the full range and diversity of the Jewish experience.
Every Saturday morning, for more than thirty years, a large group of adults of all ages have gathered together to study the weekly Torah portion. A different congregational member presents her or his interpretation each week which is then followed by a lively discussion. Everyone is welcome, regardless of prior knowledge, background or religious orientation.
We strive to infuse our congregational life with musical experiences that are accessible, meaningful, and joyful for people of all or no musical and Jewish backgrounds. We understand music as an opportunity for connection to community; a critical and wonderful vehicle for teaching and learning Jewish language, history, ideas, culture and art; and one of many paths to God and spiritual experience.
Congregation Beth El has something to offer for all ages, including our youngest members! Our Early Childhood Education Department helps to link families with young children to the Beth El community as a whole.
At Beth El, we offer two options for educational programs for K-7 grades - a midweek program (Kadima) and our Shabbat Family School (Chug Mishpacha). Our curriculum is based on Torah, Avodah (worship) and Gemilut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness). For all of our students, Hebrew is also a large part of the learning at Beth El.
Our teens participate in their Jewish community in many ways. They are students at Midrasha, our community-wide high school program, Madrichim —Hebrew word literally meaning guides—in our education programs, campers & counselors at Camp Kee Tov, and they organize our peer-lead youth groups. They are essential members of the Congregation Beth El community.