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Bet Midrash – Sunday Mornings
September 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:15 pm
An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, repeating until April 19, 2020
Temple Beth Israel offers a dynamic, structured program of Jewish learning for children from tots through high school. Our curriculum is dedicated to building community, developing an authentic Jewish identity and inspiring confidence in our students. Our school is committed to diversity and inclusivity and our students are inspired to learn and have conversations about Jewish tradition in a safe and pluralistic space.
Starting with our parent-tot class and continuing through 8th grade, we offer a rich, varied and engaging Sunday morning educational program that uses music, art, and technology.
In addition to these dynamic curriculum:
Our 6th and 7th grade programs add the component of B’nai Mitzvah preparation.
Our 8th and 9th grade Gesher program creates a bridge from childhood to adult learning. Co-produced with The Response Center, we offer a two-year curriculum that provides a safe discussion in a Jewish context of subjects both challenging and relevant to our students, including stress management, sex education, healthy relationships, drug abuse, alcohol abuse and more.
Our high school students (10th-12th grades) meet monthly with our Rabbi to discuss current events and topics of interest to young adults through a Jewish lens. These meetings are held in the rabbi’s study and are open to all high school students.
Also, many Temple Beth Israel students serve as Machoniks (teachers’ aides) beginning in 8th grade and throughout high school. They serve as role models for our younger students and provide support to our faculty. Monthly meetings provide leadership training, problem-solving skills, and classroom management.
We are always available to discuss any need for special accommodation.
Parent-tot – 2nd grade meets Sundays 9:00 am – 11:00 am
3rd – 7th grades meet Sundays 9:00 am – 12:10 pm & Wednesdays 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Gesher (8th & 9th grades) meets Sundays 11:10 am – 12:10 pm
High School (10th – 12th grades) meets monthly on Sunday 11:10 am – 12:10 pm
Hebrew Learning- Hebrew is the golden key to Jewish education (Chaim Nachman Bialik):
Beginning in 3rd grade our students attend class on Wednesday afternoons and Sunday mornings. Our program expands to include modern Hebrew language. We believe that the Hebrew language is an important gateway to Jewish culture and thought. In addition to preparing our students for B’nai Mitzvah and to be competent participants in Jewish worship, we are deeply committed to teaching the modern Hebrew language.
Our vibrant and active program of Adult Learning responds to the diverse and changing interests of our members. One thing remains constant: a high standard of education that translates into interesting and engaging conversation and a deep understanding of our culture and our people.
By creating multiple portals of entry to Jewish learning we have created a congregation of learners. Offerings for all ages and schedules, fun topics, and text-based study, “How To” classes and other Jewish learning for Jewish living.
Adult Hebrew Education – Kitot Ivrit:
Understanding Hebrew enhances our interaction with Torah and can deepen our experience during worship. With offerings for those who are beginners through those who are more conversant in Hebrew, these classes are free to Temple members. Non-members are invited to participate for a fee.
This group meets weekly to study Biblical Jewish texts, ranging from the Torah through the Prophets and the writings. This lay-led group delves deeply into the meaning of the text, exploring the language, traditions, and historical contexts associated with these cornerstones of our tradition.
2019-2020 (5780) – Torah 101: The BOOK OF KINGS
Sunday Mornings: 9-10am
When Bet Midrash is in session
We learned last year in the Book of Samuel that a political leader must rule justly. We read two years ago in the Book of Isaiah that a leader should judge the poor and the meek with righteousness. A pattern is developing! This year in Torah 101, the Book of Kings will reveal whether Solomon or any of the subsequent kings of Israel or Judah, lived up to these ideals. After the kingdom of David and Solomon splits into two factious rivals (how did that happen!?), theology and politics collide in this 2700 year old nail-biter! From Solomon’s prayer for wisdom, to his relationship with the Queen of Sheba, from Jeroboam’s rebellion to Elijah’s triumph over the priests of Baal, the Book of Kings explores the struggle of a people to know their God and to know themselves. Join us at 9:00am most Sunday mornings that Bet Midrash is in session for lively discussion and debate over the interpretation and meanings to be found in our sacred texts. No experience necessary!