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Overview

Congregation Beth Torah is deeply committed to providing a quality Jewish education for all members. We host many activities that blend fun and learning while building a Jewish identity through school, family and social involvement. Education is a cornerstone of our congregation’s commitment to the future. We offer a five-day preschool and kindergarten program, youth learning center classes, Bar & Bat Mitzvah classes, Confirmation and post-Confirmation classes, Hebrew language learning, and Adult Education-providing a remarkable range of opportunities to learn more about our faith and traditions, about our history, and about ourselves.

Learning Center

Our mission is to provide members of Beth Torah and their children with learning opportunities and experiences that will create love and respect for our heritage while leading to lifelong commitments to Jewish practices. We offer primary classes for grades K-12, a 3rd grade Consecration class, Bar and Bat Mitzvah classes, and a 10th grade Confirmation class. We also offer a post-confirmation class for those individuals wanting to continue their education. Learning Center classes are held on Wednesdays from 4:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon during the school year.

Our curriculum concentrates on a combination of Siddur/prayer book Hebrew, Jewish observance, Jewish life cycles and customs, and Jewish history. We are proud that many of our post-Bar and Bat Mitzvah students regularly lead Shabbat and Holiday services.

Adult Education

We recognize that congregants of all ages want to continue learning about Judaism, and we have created numerous programs throughout the year to meet these needs.

The highlight of our Adult Education Program is the annual Mark A. Siegel Scholar-in-Residence weekend. For one weekend each year, we bring in a respected expert in a particular area of Judaic study to hold discussions and presentations.

Other educational events include monthly study sessions with the rabbi, a weekly Mishna Study Group, Rosh Chodesh: Monthly Learning for Women, an afternoon Yom Kippur study session, the Shavuot Eve study session, and our A.C.E. (Adult Continuing Education) series.

Israel Action

The Mission of the Congregation Beth Torah Israel Action committee is to inform and educate our Beth Torah community regarding the modern State of Israel and her people through the use of social and educational programs, and to prepare the members of our Beth Torah family to advocate for Israel within the Jewish community and non-Jewish community alike.

For additional information please contact Magdi Olah at israel-action@congregationbethtorah.org.

Social Action

Congregation Beth Torah’s Social Action is about tikkun olam (repairing the world) which is one of the most important ways to actively live a Jewish life.

For additional information please contact Ruben Granado at social_action@congregationbethtorah.org.

Inclusion Initiative

The purpose of our Inclusion Initiative is to continuously examine all aspects of synagogue functioning. We then either work directly to support individuals who face special challenges or guide the various leaders and committee chairs to take effective action in overcoming barriers to participation. This effort allows members and their families to more fully and comfortably engage in congregational life. For more information contact inclusion@congregationbethtorah.org.