Youth Education

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About our religous school

Congregation Beth David’s Religious School is committed to experiential education, instilling students with a strong and joyful Jewish identity. We serve children and their families from Pre-K through 7th grade with a teen program for older students. 

Shimon the Righteous teaches us that the world stands on three things: Torah, Avodah (prayer), and G’millut Hasadim (acts of Loving kindness) (Pirkei Avot 1:2). These three principles are the foundation of our Religious School program. By focusing on these three things, our students will connect deeply with our sacred texts (Torah), understand they are part of a larger spiritual community with sacred practices and rituals (Avodah), and will be inspired to learn and live our values (G’millut Hasadim).

Torah/Sacred Text
Our goal is to give our students the tools to become Torah literate Jews. They will acquire familiarity with the various types of Jewish sacred literature, develop the skills necessary to study it, reflect on the ways it is personally relevant to their lives, and build the confidence to add their voice as the most recent link in our chain.

Our goal is to help our students create a personal prayer life. They will develop familiarity with the traditional Jewish liturgy, able to confidently sing and read the prayers in Hebrew, as well as reflect on the meaning of the prayers and how they relate to them. Students will feel at home and comfortable in synagogue. Students will be empowered to create and express their own prayers. Students will become familiar with the cycle of the Jewish year and its holy days as well as the lifecycle events that celebrate key moments in a Jewish life.

G’millut Hasadim/ Acts of Lovingkindness
Our goal is to ensure that our students become mensches. They will internalize Jewish values and the mission of the Jewish people to be a light to the nations. Our students will understand that their actions have an impact on their family and friends, and their community, and will see the need to take personal responsibility to make the world a better place.

The Strengths of Online and In Person Learning
This year our religious school is offering a hybrid learning model, where we are taking full advantage of the strengths of online learning, as well as providing opportunities for our students and families to connect in person to build community as we celebrate holidays together and creatively explore our rich tradition. Our Religious School Experience this year consists of:

Online Class Learning
Aleph-Zayin on alternating Sundays 9-Noon, and Gimmel-Zayin on Wednesdays 4:00-5:30.

One on One Hebrew and Trope Instruction
From Kitah Gimmel and up our students will have weekly half hour one-on-one sessions online with our Hebrew specialist, getting personalized attention to master the skills to decode Hebrew and lead prayers with confidence. Starting in Kitah Hey our students also have individual sessions to learn Torah and Haftarah trope.

In Person Learning “Camp Beth David”
Come experience “Camp Beth David” where students will sign up for semester long choogim (electives) such as art, sports and music. By signing up for a choog, students will form friendships across grades and have the opportunity to engage with their Judaism through a lens that appeals to them. These in person sessions are part of the main religious school experience and are also open to students enrolled in Jewish Day schools.

Family Learning Experiences
The family is at the center of Jewish living and throughout the year we will have many opportunities to learn and celebrate together as families, observing  Shabbat and the cycle of the Jewish year.