youth and family education
The Congregation Bet Haverim Community School (CBHCS) philosophy of education is to provide a multi-sensory and experiential learning culture that encourages active participation by learners of all ages. We offer developmentally appropriate, fun educational Sunday programming in Hebrew and Judaic Studies for children from preschool through high school.
Our programming was created in partnership with the ISJL, the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, which is dedicated to providing educational and rabbinic services, preserving the rich history of the Southern Jewish experience, sharing Jewish cultural and artistic programs, collaborating with other nonprofits and facilitating community engagement opportunities throughout a thirteen state region. Our faculty will work with the ISJL content and provide educational programming through a Reconstructionist lens.
b'nai mitzvah program
In Jewish tradition, one does not have a bar or bat mitzvah; one becomes a bar or bat mitzvah. Bar/bat mitzvah literally means "son/daughter of the commandment." In becoming bar/bat mitzvah, a Jewish person of at least 13 years of age accepts responsibility for following the mitzvot (commandments) and becomes an adult in the eyes of the Jewish community. In partnership with Rabbi Josh and our learning community, our b’nai mitzvah students and their families work to create a unique and meaningful expression of this rite of passage. The process leading up to the event is the key to making the experience meaningful. The bar/bat mitzvah experience offers not only the child but also the whole family a rewarding journey of growth and study.
Our guidelines for Jewish education are intended to set the stage for meaningful Jewish learning. We require a minimum three-year education commitment designed to empower young adults with knowledge of our sacred texts and worship traditions infused with community values. For children and adults with special learning needs, CBH offers the opportunity to individualize a process that will sufficiently challenge but not act as a barrier. This can be easily designed with the guidance of the rabbi and the approval of the Education Committee
CBH encourages all members to consider preparing for a bar/bat mitzvah. Adults who would like to participate in a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony may arrange a course of study with the rabbi.
B'nai Mitzvah forms, guidelines, worksheets HERE
parent 'n me
The class is for 4 yr. olds (or 3 yr. olds turning 4 by the end of the calendar year). Non-member families may enroll their children for the first year of school without being CBH members.
Parent n’ Me meets once a month for 8 sessions. Each session begins at 10:00am and ends at 12noon. Congregation Bet Haverim Community School Family Minyan begins at 9:30 am.
Families with older siblings, please join us for minyan! Parent n’ Me follows immediately after Minyan!
The Parent n’ Me curriculum is dedicated to giving each child a familiar context of Jewish holidays, Jewish ethics and culture and, most importantly, a sense of themselves. Upon their departure from the Parent n’ Me experience, they will have acquired a working understanding of Jewish prayer, blessings, spirituality, Hebrew words and phrases, the relationship of Israel to their Judaic roots, as well as an understanding of the value of empathy, and the importance of respect; honoring themselves, their families, their community and all living things.
CBH kids learn about being Jewish by “doing” Jewish!
As Reconstructionist Jews, we believe that we are inheritors of the entire body of Jewish Civilization including its food, traditions, rituals, arts and stories. In the Congregation Bet Haverim Community School, we wish to offer our adult congregants opportunities to explore both contemporary and historical Jewish life in all of its diversity. Our multi-disciplinary offerings represent a diversity of Jewish ideology and practice with spirituality at its core. As pluralists we are open to differences of perspectives and opinions and encourage you to challenge yourself with exposure to many differing ideas. The breadth of Jewish Life is expansive, and we believe Jewish Learning should reflect our rich and varied culture!
Several times during the year, special Sunday morning adult learning sessions are held while the children are in class. In recent years these have included:
- Spiritual Direction Groups
- Parenting with Meaning
- Shabbat vs. Soccer Saturdays, a frank discussion about how to make Shabbat a meaningful day of rest in the face of soccer, ballet, piano and birthday parties
- Living, Learning and Celebrating as an Interfaith Family
- Talking to Your Kids About God (When You’re Not Sure What You Think About God in the First Place)
- No Dumb Questions: Introduction to the Transgender Experience
- Judaism 101
- Israel education sessions (on the state and religion, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli dance instruction and more).
In order to make our learning opportunities relevant to the needs of our community, we rely on our members to help us identify topics of interest, and share skills and knowledge they may have with others. Check our community calendar for Adult Education opportunities in the coming months, and let us know of topics you would enjoy exploring with us, by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.