On behalf of the religious school staff, adult education providers and ourselves, we would like to extend a warm welcome to current and prospective students (young and old) and their parents.
At Beth Chaverim, we are dedicated to providing strong Jewish education programs. Our goal is to enable our students to develop a positive Jewish identity, have a basic understanding of the Torah and Bible, Jewish life cycle events, Jewish celebrations and rituals, a knowledge of their Jewish heritage and history, and understand and feel a commitment to Jewish ethics.
We are excited this year to be adopting the curriculum from the ISJL (the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life). The ISJL Education Curriculum teaches students how to live meaningful lives and cultivate their Jewish identity. These developmentally appropriate lessons cover the following content areas:
- Community – Students learn to take pride in their Jewish heritage and identify with others in the national and international Jewish community.
- Culture and Symbols – Students gain an appreciation and understanding of the symbols that comprise and define the Jewish culture.
- God – Students are encouraged to explore their relationship with God through discussion and historical context.
- Hebrew and Prayer – Students are involved in all aspects of Jewish worship and it’s spiritual meaning by participating in synagogue prayer services.
- Israel – Students learn about Israel, its history and importance to the Jewish people as their homeland. They will also recognize the need to support and participate in educational programs.
- Jewish History – Students study Jewish history, culture, language and music to learn the past and present of Jewish history.
- Jewish Holidays – Students at all levels learn the rituals and traditions associated with the Jewish holidays.
- Jewish Lifestyle Events – Students participate in Jewish life cycle ceremonies to commemorate the passages of time. Prayers, traditions, symbols and rituals are included to enhance and enrich the Jewish experience.
- Mitzvot and Jewish Values – Students are given the opportunity to explore ritual and ethical mitzvoh as they build a relationship with God.
- Tanach (Torah, Prophets, and Writings) – Students will be taught that their education is a lifelong process whereas the questions are just as important as finding the answers.
As an added benefit to our curriculum service, traveling Education Fellows visit our community 3 times a year to provide teacher trainings, all school programs, service leading and assist with other needs or special requests we may have. Each year, our Temple sends a couple of teachers and/or our Rabbi to the ISJL education conference for training and seminars to help us continually improve the education experience our children receive.
Our education programs, in addition to our Religious School, include an excellent Bar and Bat Mitzvah program, an exciting High School program, and a dynamic Adult Education program - including our new Culture Club.
Our Parent Handbook is now availible online.
Please take a look at our programs and feel free to contact us with any questions regarding education at Beth Chaverim.
The Education Committee
2016-17 Class Times and Tuition
Pre-K/K (9-11 am) - $279
1st – 2nd Grades (9-11 am) - $558
3rd – 7th Grades (9-12 pm) - $758*
Pre-Confirmation (8th & 9th Grade) and Confirmation (10th Grade) (11-1 pm) - $558
* Note: B'nai Mitzvah fees are separate from Religious School fees. Please consult the B'nai Mitzvah page for more information.
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