Temple Beth El has learning opportunities for members of all ages. Our youngest members and their parents can take advantage of our “Parent and Me” group, which offers regular learning sessions for pre-schoolers, designed and taught by parents.
TBE School is a place for those in kindergarten through tenth grade to develop their relationship with Judaism and each other, as well as to practice what they learn. TBE School meets for 2 1/2 hours on Sundays; the morning includes instruction in Hebrew and Judaic Studies, a prayer service, and other activities including music, art, and social action projects. In 2012, TBE School partnered with the Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL), giving a new framework to our formal education program. The ISJL is committed to assisting communities throughout the South to ensure students will become lifelong participants in the Jewish community. ISJL supplies us with a comprehensive spiraled curriculum in which students revisit key content areas with increased sophistication as they progress through the material. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate, nurturing students’ Jewish identity, equipping students to live rich and meaningful lives. We welcome children with inquiring minds, and lots of questions!
B’nai Mitzvah at Temple Beth El is a celebration of the student’s Jewish learning and accomplishments, as well as an opportunity for them to express themselves through the media of liturgy and study. Each Bar or Bat Mitzvah is as unique as the individual student. In preparation for becoming B’nai Mitzvah, our students typically learn Torah and Haftarah cantillation. They are encouraged to lead both Friday night and Saturday morning services, to teach a portion of the Torah, and to participate in a Tzedakah Project – volunteer work performed in honor of the occasion. Families are very involved in this process; parents, siblings, and other family members often participate in the services in a variety of ways. The parents of each class support and assist each other throughout the B’nai Mitzvah year.