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Goals of educational programs

Educational programs at Congregation Bet Haverim have several key goals
  • Provide Jewish education in accordance with the guidelines set by the Reform Movement
  • Deepening of Jewish experience and knowledge for all Jews
  • Strengthen faith in G-d, love of Torah, and identification with the Jewish people through involvement in the synagogue and participation in Jewish life


We believe that Judaism contains answers to the challenges and questions confronting us daily, and that a knowledgeable Jew can successfully discover these answers. Linked to these goals, our education program embraces experiences and learning activities encouraging children and adults to study these areas:

  • Jewish Identity – Jews who affirm their Jewish identity and bind themselves inseparably to their people by word, deed and way of life.
  • Brit (Covenant between G-d and the Jewish people) – Jews who bear witness to the Brit by embracing Torah through the study and observance of mitzvot (Commandments) as interpreted in light of historic development and contemporary thought.
  • Eretz Israel – Jews who affirm their historical bond to Eretz Yisrael, the Land and State of Israel.
  • Hebrew – Jews who cherish and study Hebrew, the language of the Torah and of the Jewish people.
  • T’ffilah (prayer) – Jews who understand the nature of t’fillah, and value and practice t’fillah.
  • Values – Jews who can explain the important values/mitzvot, which have guided Jews for 3,000 years. Jewish children who understand the reasons for devotion to these values and are committed to further the causes of justice, freedom and peace by pursuing tzedek (righteousness), mishpat(justice), and gmilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness).
  • Customs and practices – Jews who are familiar with the origin and meaning of Jewish custom and practices, life cycle events, Shabbat and all forms of celebrations, and observe Jewish ceremonies marking significant occasions in their lives.
  • V’ahavta L’reaha Kamoha (love your neighbor as you love yourself) – Jews who esteem their own person and the person of others; their own family and the family of others; their own community and the community of others.
  • K’lal Israel (the community of Jews) – Jews who express their kinship with K’lal Israel by actively seeking the welfare of Jews throughout the world, for whom the history of the Jewish people is central and meaningful.
  • Involvement - Jews who support and participate in synagogue life.
News
Wonders of Judaism Join us for a survey class of the principles and practices that make up Judaism taught by Rabbi Greg Wolfe beginning Sunday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m. Posted Oct 18, 2018
Team Tikkun Olam Meeting Meeting/training with Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller on November 8 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Posted Oct 18, 2018
The Settlers Documentary film (followed by discussion) about settlers in Israel on Monday, October 29 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Posted Oct 18, 2018
How to Get Started in Jewish Genealogy Sunday, October 28, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. New to researching and charting your roots? Here is the perfect opportunity to discover your ancestors and share the information Posted Oct 10, 2018
Bridging the Jewish Secular-Religious Divide: A Weekend of Learning with Lawrence Bush November 16-18 Lawrence Bush, writer, educator and longtime editor of Jewish Currents will speak on the vibrant history and contemporary richness of secular Jewish (and Yiddish) culture. Posted Oct 10, 2018