According to the Zohar, “The breath of the children who learn Torah stabilizes the world”. At Beth El, our children begin the study of Torah on a very elementary level. Their introduction to Jewish learning takes place in a low key, nurturing environment. Students enjoy listening to Bible stories and holiday tales, singing Hebrew songs, and doing creative projects. In addition, they become familiar with simple Hebrew words and start to recognize Hebrew letters.
As the seasons change and we move closer to our celebration of Hanukkah, we begin to think about story of the Maccabees and the rededication of sacred spaces. Just as the Maccabees brought light to the Temple, children brighten our Beth El community through their participation in the Religious School and engagement in Jewish learning. In order to celebrate the joyous commencement of formal Jewish studies, we invite families of each student starting his/her Jewish education to participate in our Hanukkat Banim ( consecration ceremony).
During this special service each child is called up to the ark to receive his/her own blessing from the Rabbi and a tallit (prayer shawl).