BE InSpirEd Journey Program Pre-K-12

Welcome to BE InSpirEd Journey Program

“Drop off Judaism” is a thing of the past.  We, as a community of engaged learners must model Jewish life for our children as a way of effectively teaching values (middot) that we hold close.  It makes sense and feels right to approach Jewish life as a journey where the purpose is the journey itself, and not an end.   While we all need to do certain things alone, Jewish journeys need to be shared, since Judaism cannot exist without community.

We do not use the label, “Hebrew School” to refer to what we do here.  “BE InSpirEd” is the name of our education programs.  It stands for, “Beth El Innovative, Spiritual, Education.”  This more closely reflects what we want to be:  a program that strives to have participants authentically want to be a part of it.  We believe that education should be fun, engaging, and a source of wonder and natural inquiry to our learners.  This draws us full-circle to the ‘BE InSpirEd!’ Jewish-journey-model of education.  It reflects the idea that learning never completes, and that there are certain milestones along the way.

Growing As Jews

The process of Jewish growth is a multi-faceted task that involves learning, practice, questioning, and feeling. In order to foster Jewish growth in our students, Beth El builds its Jewish Journey Program upon core values and principles. The following are the core Jewish values and principles we instill in our students to advance their joy and delight in Jewish growth and community:

  • Social & Moral Responsibility (Derech Eretz)
    • Respect for peers, teachers, leaders
    • Responsibility for one’s actions
    • Concern for both our community and the world at large
  • Study (Talmud Torah)
    • Appreciation for Jewish written and oral tradition
    • Relevance of Torah to our lives, our past, and our future
    • Interpret and question texts
  • Spiritual Connection (Tefillah)
    • Familiarity with Jewish liturgy as a common language to connect us to other Jews
    • Personal spiritual expression
  • Hebrew (Ivrit)
    • Hebrew as the original language of our sacred texts and prayers
    • Competency in Hebrew decoding
    • Vocabulary to enhance the study of Torah and prayers
  • Sacred Time (Z’man Kodesh)
    • Understanding of themes, rituals, and history of Jewish festivals
    • Integration of Jewish Life Cycle events into one’s own life
  • Identity (Am & Medinat Yisrael)
    • Sense of connection with the State of Israel and the Jewish people
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Upcoming Events

Dec
20
Wed
11:00 am Torah study @ Library
Torah study @ Library
Dec 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
7:00 pm Middot Practice Group @ Foyer
Middot Practice Group @ Foyer
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Dec
21
Thu
7:00 am Thursday a.m. minyan
Thursday a.m. minyan
Dec 21 @ 7:00 am – 7:30 am
Our Thursday morning minyan at 7:00am is an intimate and reflective way to start the day.
6:00 pm Educ. staff meeting
Educ. staff meeting
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Dec
23
Sat
8:45 am Bagels & Torah Study
Bagels & Torah Study
Dec 23 @ 8:45 am – 10:20 am
 
10:30 am Shabbat Morning Services
Shabbat Morning Services
Dec 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Our Shabbat morning service, beginning at 10:30, is filled with song, prayer, and learning. It is followed by a luncheon open to the entire community.