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At Congregation Beth El, we recognize that our students can begin learning at any age — from one to 90! Our doors are open to anyone who is curious to learn more about Judaism and its rich heritage. We urge all parents to participate in the life of our school, both at the synagogue and by engaging with your student at home. No previous experience is required to become your child’s partner in Jewish education; all you need is dedication to the Jewish tradition and a sense of the value it can bring to your family. 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. In the younger grades we introduce the Hebrew‘alef-bet’ (alphabet) and continue to teach reading throughout the years. By the end of 6th grade, our students should be familiar with the themes in a large range of prayers, for both the morning and evening services. We will continue to integrate modern Hebrew for grades 3-6, to help give our students an opportunity to speak and understand Hebrew as it is spoken today.
As we explore Judaic studies together, we hope to impart to our students the important value of treating others with respect. One of our goals is to make sure that everyone feels at home at Beth El, and that this is a place where they are respected by their teachers and peers. Our education programs are aimed at creating a positive Jewish identity for our students, and building a strong Jewish community.
We invite you to join us on this journey of life-long Jewish learning. Beth El’s Youth and Family Education offer something for everyone!
At Beth El, we offer two options for educational programs- a midweek program (Kadima) and our Shabbat Family School (Chug Mishpacha).
On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, students in grades K-6 are engaged in hands-on learning activities which nurture their curiosity about Judaism at our Kadima program. ”Kadima” can be translated as ‘moving forward.’ The Hebrew word implies excitement and energy, and that is what we hope our students enjoy about the afternoon classes at Beth El. These after-school programs are fun and engaging ways to connect to the Jewish tradition. Students have the opportunity to learn as a community and to build lasting friendships. NOTE: Students in grades K-2 come once a week on Thursdays; grades 3-6 come on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Chug Mishpacha is our innovative Saturday morning family program which offers Jewish education for the whole family. “Chug Mishpacha” literally means ‘family circle.’ A ‘chug’ is an activity and our goal is that the Saturday morning family program does not feel like a weekend school, but rather quality time spent together as a family. This program meets weekly and includes separate adult study, grade level classes, family learning and whole group worship and singing. Activities are aimed to engage participants in life-long Jewish learning and foster strong friendships among families, enriching and building a connection to the local Jewish community.
When they Meet
Grades K-2: Our weekday program is on Thursday afternoon, from 4:00-6:00 pm. Students can arrive anytime after 3pm, and many of our students arrive through BUSD and Prospect Sierra buses and carpools.
We also offer Chug Mishpacha from 9:30-11:45 am which is INSTEAD of going on Thursday afternoon, and includes all members of the family.
Grades 3-6: Our weekday program is on Tuesday AND Thursday, from 4:00-6:00 pm. Students can arrive anytime after 3:00 pm, and many of our students arrive through BUSD and Prospect Sierra buses and carpools.
We also offer Chug Mishpacha from 9:30-11:45 am. In addition, students need to attend parent/child Hebrew class 1x/week. These parent/child Hebrew classes are offered on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00 pm. At least one adult is required to participate in this program with the student.