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youth and family education

Our K-7th Sunday program is the heart of our family community. Click here for more information, including our calendar, FAQ, & more! (Open to all.)

brit mitzvah program

In Jewish tradition, one does not have a Brit Mitzvah; one becomes a Brit Mitzvah. The traditional term Bar/bat Mitzvah literally means "son/daughter of the commandment.” BRIT Mitzvah, a gender-inclusive term, means, [entering] the covenant of Mitzvah/commandment. In becoming brit mitzvah, a Jewish person of at least 13 years of age accepts their part in the Jewish people’s covenant (agreement) through observing the mitzvot (commandments); they thus become an adult in the eyes of the Jewish community. Our Brit 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 Brit Mitzvah experience offers not only the child, but also the whole family a rewarding journey of growth and study. 

Our requirements 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 Brit Mitzvah. Adults who would like to participate in a Brit Mitzvah ceremony may arrange a course of study with the rabbi.

Brit Mitzvah forms, guidelines, worksheets HERE

Bagels & Blox

We love our preschool and pre-k community! For parents and their preschoolers, click here to find out more about our grown-up & me program. (Open to all.)

Teen Program

It's important to us that our teens feel they have a space for them in our community---even after they've had their Brit Mitzvahs and graduated Sunday school. A sense of community with their Jewish peers is important as they move toward adulthood. Click here to find out what events we have planned for our CBH Teen group. (Open to teens who are related to CBH members.)


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:

  • Hebrew chanting
  • Genesis: From Adam to Abraham: The First 20  Generations
  • 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

Tue, January 31 2023 9 Shevat 5783