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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
Purim Celebration Event for Adults An Adult Purim Celebration — “What’s Not to Like? Hollywood’s Love Affair with Jewish Humor” Saturday, March 16, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. Posted Feb 14, 2019
Hasidism: A New History Thursday, February 28, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Prof. David Biale will share a fascinating look at the history of Hasidism. Posted Feb 14, 2019
Modern Living: Maintaining Balance March 3, 10; April 7, 14; 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. Congregation Bet Haverim is delighted to bring an offering from the Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. "Modern Living: Maintaining Balance" will present four sessions that will help parents to find balance in their lives using Jewish texts and wisdom. The overall focus will be on family and lessons will include work, community, self-care and finding balance. Posted Feb 4, 2019
Independent Wives of the Torah Tuesdays, February 12, 19 and 26, 10:30 - noon in the CBH Social Hall. The Adult Education Committee announces the launch of a Women's Torah Study program, with a lecture by the dynamic and knowledgable Leslie Kuperstein. Posted Feb 4, 2019
Camperships The deadline for campership applications is April 26, 2019. Many families are planning their summers now so this is a good time to apply. It is also a good time to donate to the Campership Fund. Posted Feb 4, 2019
Caregivers Support Group February 6, 20; March 6, 20; April 3, 17. $60 for all six sessions; drop-ins are welcome at $10 per session. RSVP required. Posted Feb 4, 2019
Mishloach Minot Baskets Order by March 1 For $18 you can have your name included on the Purim Basket greetings sent to six synagogue families. Posted Feb 4, 2019
Mindful Moment Meditation This is a meditation and spiritual practice group with an emphasis on Buddhist and Jewish meditation. Most Tuesday evenings, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Posted Jan 9, 2019