Teach the tradition faithfully to your children so that
We read these words together during Shabbat worship as part of the V’Ahavta. If at any point these words have become rote, routine, or stale for you, let them leap to life for you now.
At Beth El Temple Center, we strive to add meaning to these words, which is why we value the partnership of families and religious school. Together we lay before your child a “Jewish trampoline.” With this solid yet springy foundation, your child needs only to jump to experience the joy of the Jewish faith and Jewish living. Each child is different, so each one may jump now or the trampoline may lie in wait for a while. Either way, the trampoline will be at hand for the moment when he or she is ready.
“The Family is the Whole Life and Spirit of a Jew”
Family Education at Beth El Temple Center strives to establish a partnership between the home and school. We know that the home is the center of Jewish life, with parents as the primary Jewish teachers and role models for their children. With that in mind, we seek to empower and support families with the resources, skills, and knowledge that will help them as they journey on the lifelong process of Jewish living and learning. Our hope is that our Family Education programming will provide families with the necessary skills needed to create vibrant Jewish homes and to comfortably participate in the Jewish community. Each Family Education program will also create opportunities for parents and their children to connect with and learn from each other as they engage with their wider synagogue community.
At Beth El we believe in Lifelong Jewish Learning, and we strive, through our Adult Education programs, to offer a wide range of learning opportunities to meet a variety of needs and interests for our congregants. We respect that everyone approaches Jewish learning from a different perspective, and we strive to help each of our members on his or her journey as an adult learner. To that end, we offer many types of programs, including traditional classroom study, speakers and lecturers, films, book discussions, Torah Study, Me’ah, Biblical and Modern Hebrew, monthly Shabbat Table Talks, and many special events. Classes are taught by clergy, lay leaders, and outside speakers/visiting scholars who share their expertise and insights to inform, inspire and enrich our lives. We invite you to join us and try a program (or two!). We welcome all participants who come to learn, regardless of ability to pay. Take a look at our program brochure for details on all our offerings this year.
We also will try to keep members of our community informed of Adult Learning opportunities and resources in the greater Boston Jewish community – there are quite rich offerings in and around our neighborhood, including Limmud Boston on December 4th, New Course offerings at Hebrew College at reduced prices, workshops and study sessions at Mayyim Hayyim, Kolot (A Study Series for Jewish Women), and many, many more!
Several exciting events are taking place in the greater Boston area in the next several months.
A few highlights at BETC this year:
We welcome your participation – not only in attending and participating in events, but in helping to plan them! The best way to ensure that we have programs that appeal to the widest group of congregants, is to attend our meetings and give us your input! We meet once a month – usually the 2nd Wednesday at 7pm (in October we will meet on Tuesday the 11th, because of Sukkot)