Youth and Family Education Programs

Please have a look at our short video narrated by Education Director Scott Newman explaining the overriding “Journey” philosophy and name of our education programs:

A note from our Rabbi:

At its best, Jewish learning is not only about growing intellectually, it is about tending the spiritual needs of our children and ourselves. At Beth El, we strive to recognize the uniqueness of every child, and encourage each of them on their way.

Judaism is not only a tradition to be studied, it is a story — the story of our people and our relationships with God. We hope to inspire our children to see Jewish learning as a lens for self-reflection as they grow and deepen their sense of connection to the Jewish people. Judaism is also a way of life. It is a way of being in the world. Together we seek meaning as we address ultimate questions: “Who am I?” and “What is my unique purpose in the world?”

Our goal is to come to know our selves; how we connect with each other and with God. Our goal is to taste the richness of Jewish life and to find joy in Judaism.

Thank you for entrusting your children to us. We invite you to join us in lifelong Jewish learning so that we all value and live what we teach and learn.

Rabbi David Thomas

When my nephew was 4 years old he came to visit and sat in services with me. After about an hour he whispered, "Aunt Susan, I can feel G-d here." I smiled, "Me too, Daniel, that's why I come here."
— Susan T