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Congregational Learning

Beri Schwitzer

Make It Jewish

Mission: Make it Jewish. Seems simple enough, doesn’t it? It’s a challenge I give Miriam and Hannah every summer. Let’s take on a project to learn, to study, and make it Jewish. Over the years, we have studied Jewish authors and artists, historians and heroines—and this summer is a big mystery. It might just be […]

Beri Schwitzer

Opportunity for Jewish Learning

When the Torah was given to the Israelites at Mount Sinai, a well-known Midrash tells us it possessed seventy faces. Why seventy? At the beginning of Parashat Nitzavim, in Deuteronomy 29:9, it is written: “Behold you are standing this day all of you before the Lord your G-d: your heads, your tribes, your elders and […]

Beri Schwitzer

Teach Our Children

Despite what the old adage says, I believe old dogs can learn new tricks. At least that’s how I felt last week when I was privileged to listen in to one of our many class discussions. The fifth grade was having a wonderful conversation on the V’ahavta, the prayer that immediately follows the Shema. As […]

Beri Schwitzer

Family Activities for Purim

Mitzvah gedola lehiot b’simcah tamid. It’s a great mitzvah to be continuously joyful and the rabbis said that when the month of Adar comes, joy is increased (“MiShenichnas Adar Marbim BeSimcha”). Purim is the reason for the season. The story of Purim is told in the book of Esther, which is in the third section […]

Beri Schwitzer

Thugs Who Knew Torah Recap

By the time you read this, the lights of the Hanukkah menorah should still be burning in hearts, the smells of onion and latke still lingering in our homes, and the message of rededication still fresh on our minds. Thugs Who Knew Torah Trip I wanted to share with you a message of rededication and […]

Beri Schwitzer

Participation and Our Field of Dreams

I remember seeing the movie “Field of Dreams,” and thinking that it was the most Jewish movie. “If you build it, they will come” is purely an idea from Hillel, the sage whose commentary is found in the Pirke Avot. Hillel wrote, “The more Torah, the more life. The more counsel, the more understanding. The […]

Beri Schwitzer

Investing in Education

Thank you for investing in our future. Supporting Beth Torah’s religious school is not only an investment in one child’s education but in future generations to come. Our school year has resumed, and this year brings many wonderful opportunities. Investing and Responsibility to Educate In the words of the Shema, “V’shinantam l’vanecha”—we are commanded to […]

Beri Schwitzer

Congregational Learning Center Changes

Changes coming this Fall in the Congregational Learning Center: All grades start at 9:00 AM Grades Pre-K—2nd will start in their classrooms while grades 3—10 will begin in the Main Sanctuary for minyan. Please continue to use the walk-in or carpool doors to enter. This will be a learner’s minyan led by Rabbi Zelony, Beri […]

Beri Schwitzer

Pineapples and Jewish Education

It is safe to say that I am obsessed with pineapples. My office is littered with them: pineapple stress toys, pineapple magnets, and pineapple pillows have become the focal point of my work décor lately. Which is ironic seeing as one bite from this tropical fruit would kill me. One morsel from this Hawaiian delicacy […]