Education

Study is one of Judaism essential values.  The goal of Jewish education is to deepen knowledge and experience in order to strengthen faith in G-d, love for Torah and identification with the Jewish people.  This objective is attained through lifelong study, participation in synagogue activities, and daily practice, based on the understanding that the home is the center of religious life.  Our philosophy is that children should learn Jewish values naturally, so that institutional education serves as reinforcement for the orientation received at home.

 

 

Jennifer Sossin School for Jewish Education

 

The Jennifer Sossin School for Jewish Education was founded in October 1992, thanks to the generous donation of Marvin Sossin in memory of his daughter.  The school was created in order to provide quality religious education to Jewish children who attend secular schools. 

 

B’nei Israel offers extracurricular Jewish education for students ages 3-13.  The program of instruction emphasizes the essential aspects of Jewish knowledge, study of Hebrew, development of Jewish identity, spiritual/religious growth, and connection with the State of Israel.  

 

The students are divided into five groups:

  • Simcha-Shalom (children 3-6 years old)
  • Chesed (children 6-8 years old)
  • Tzedek (children 8-9 years old)
  • Emet  (children 10-11 years old)
  • Mitzvah (children 12-13 years old)

 

The course of study is divided into the following areas:

  • Tanach (Hebrew Bible)
  • Orach Chaim (Jewish way of life)
  • Chagim (Festivals)
  • Mekorot (Jewish texts)
  • Zehut Yehudit (Jewish identity)
  • Gemilut Chasadim (Acts of loving-kindness and charity)
  • History
  • Israel
  • Hebrew

 

Recognizing the importance of tailoring a program for our post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah adolescents to continue to grow in their Jewish consciousness, the congregation has developed the Hemshech Group for our young adults.

 

 

Non-Formal Education for Adults

 

Since Jewish education is not only for children, the congregation offers regular year-long courses as well as short-term educational opportunities for adults.  Subjects include aspects of Judaism in general, Hebrew, preparation for bar/bat mitzvah, and study for conversion, among others.  The idea is to reach out to the entire family to help them strengthen their identity as Jews.

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