Youth & Family Education

Registration for the 2024-25 school year is now open!

50% discount + FREE Beth El membership for new families!

Congregation Beth El offers engaging, personal and experiential Jewish education for young learners of all ages, from toddlers to high school seniors — and we don’t forget those who raise them!

What Makes Beth El different?

  • Beth El is a small congregation with two dedicated professional educators on staff in addition to our team of talented and devoted teachers, as well as a rabbi and cantor who are intimately involved in all our educational programs.
  • We believe that having intimate classes is an advantage. It allows us to craft our curriculum and programs for each and every student and provide the personal attention that our learners — with all their diverse needs — deserve.
  • While Jewish education tends to fade-out post bat/bar mitzvah, that is not the story at Beth El. Our teens program is unparalleled in its quality and breadth of offerings, and virtually all our students stay actively engaged through high school graduation.

Beth El’s Educational Journey

Early Childhood

Families with children age 0-6 are invited to join us for Tot Shabbat on the first Friday night and second Saturday morning of every month, as well as special holiday programming throughout the year. We always welcome new and old friends to participate in our young family activities regardless of congregational affiliation or membership. Our programs are inclusive and open to all families.

Elementary Education

BE InSpirEd

(What we used to call Hebrew school)

“BE InSpirEd” stands for Beth El Innovative Spiritual Education. We believe that education should be fun, engaging, and a source of wonder and natural inquiry to our learners. Learners in PreK-grade 7 get together every Sunday morning for a healthy blend of community time (kehilla) and Hebrew and Judaics learning.

Our Sunday mornings include:

    • 8:30am — Bagels, hot chocolate and coffee
    • 9:00am — Kehilla a (family gathering led by Cantor Vera and Rabbi Josh)
    • 9:30am — Hebrew and Judaics classes

In addition, students in grades 3-7 are offered weekly Hebrew classes online in a timeframe that works for them with one of Beth El’s excellent Hebrew instructors.

Torah Class

In the year leading up to their bar/bat mitzvah, students and their families study with Rabbi Josh and Cantor Vera in our Torah Class that culminates in a family Shabbat retreat. Together they explore questions of Jewish identity in the 21st century, role-play issues in Jewish ethics, and draw close together as a mutually supportive community.


The Jewish holidays are a special time at Beth El, when students and their families are invited to participate in special programming tailored to their specific age group. Our educators, along with Rabbi Josh and Cantor Vera, create a different and unique experience every year to bring to Jewish holidays to life.



Beth El is home to J-LOFT (Jewish Learning Opportunities for Teens), a regional collaboration among several synagogues that offers a rich variety of academic and experiential Jewish explorations, including our flagship subsidized travel programs:

In addition to these popular travel programs, all our teens in grades 8-12 get together two Sunday nights a month for an evening of community (with dinner), fun, and learning, led by a team of local clergy and educators. To learn more about J-LOFT, visit

While J-LOFT is a collaborative program, Beth El members are privy to additional activities such as family nights, holiday celebrations, a fall retreat, and temple overnights.

Registration for the 2024-25 school year is now open!

50% discount + FREE Beth El membership for new families!