Lifelong Learning

Our goal at Congregation Beth El is to create a diverse set of learning opportunities for adults to engage with our community and Torah in a way that’s meaningful to them. This may be text study at a Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, our weekly Lunch and Learn, learning to chant Torah, participating in the “Everything You Wanted to Know About Judaism” class, attending a book club or lecture or a Tu B’Shevat Seder. If you have an idea for a topic you would like to explore, please let us know.


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 preteen 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 created 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.

Religious School

We are a joint enterprise of three conservative synagogues in Hampton Roads: Congregation Beth El (Norfolk), Temple Israel (Norfolk) and Kehilat Beit Ha-midrash (Virginia Beach). Our primary goal is to prepare the young generation to carry on Judaism in the 21st century. We have a two-fold educational program.

Beit Sefer Shalom is a K-7 Sunday school, which meets for three-hour weekly sessions (9 am-12 pm). United Hebrew School 2.0 compliments it with a midweek individual tutoring program focused on liturgic Hebrew. Our teachers are highly knowledgeable and dedicated community members, some of them are professional educators, others are lawyers, bankers, military officers, social workers, medical doctors and more.

Links to Latest Sermons

Torah Talk for VaYerah
  • 10-31-18
Yizkor for Shemini Atzeret – From Messiness to Intimacy
  • 10-3-18
Lech Lecha – The Family & Faith Plan
  • 10-25-18
Haazinu – Rain, Renewal, Kindness & Pain
  • 09-27-18