Big Changes in our Religious Education Program!
Introducing Beit Sefer Shalom
Beth El is excited to announce big changes in our religious education program for all our students from 3rd through 12th grades! BERS is transitioning into Beit Sefer Shalom, and we will be partnering with Temple Israel and KBH. Along with our new name and new partners comes new curriculums.
For our 3rd – 7th grade students we are introducing Shalom Learning!
Judaica will focus on seven core values: Teshuva (taking responsibility for your actions), B’Tzelem Elohim (honoring the image of God in ourselves), Gevurah (using one’s inner and outer strength), Achrayut (doing what you can to leave the world a better place), HaKarat HaTov (seeking joy and being grateful), Koach HaDibbur (understanding the power of words), and Shalom (helping to create a calmer, more peaceful world). Each grade level will approach the value being explored in a particular way so there will not be repetition from one year to the next. Hebrew will be taught one-on-one during the week by our team of experienced teachers, as well as on Sunday mornings.
In addition, we are instituting a new Community Midrashah program for our 8th – 12th grade students. The post-bar/bat mitzvah years are critical for the creation of a strong Jewish identity. Both cognitively and socially, the young adult is developing beyond pre-teen levels. In these years, our Jewish teens should receive excellent Jewish education, delivered by our most able and Jewishly best-educated teachers, with due regard for the teens’ peer group relationships as well as their home environments.
To accomplish this purpose, we are joining forces in creating the Community Midrashah. The term “midrashah” connotes a serious engagement with the core texts of the Jewish tradition informing our ethical and spiritual choices in life.
We are partnering with both Temple Israel and KBH in these exciting educational programs.