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Registration & 2020-2021 Calendar

Register here by Sunday, September 13th. 
 
Our fall 2020 calendar can be accessed here
 
Check out a new visual calendar for Borei and youth programs for Fall 2020. This is the calendar that you can print out and hang on your refrigerator to see the big picture of VTS, USY and Kadima dates.
 
The period of time between mid-September and mid-October is focused on experiential holiday programs, rather than a traditional class model. This is to focus on moments of social connection and community, holiday celebration and supporting families in adjusting to the reality of their secular schooling online and changes to family schedules. 
 
Our first day of traditional VTS classes takes place on Thursday, October 15th. We are offering a range of different programs at the start of the year and hope you will join us for as many as you feel that your family can partake in.

Introducing Borei at VTS

We are excited to introduce our virtual VTS program for 2020: Borei. The Hebrew word Borei means create. This year is all about “creative Jewish engagement together.” Our program seeks to create community through a partnership of CBE programs and touch-points, home experiences and virtual learning throughout the year.

In our program, families will engage in active Jewish living and learning in their homes while also immersing in key points of our Viterbi Torah School curriculum, youth programs and CBE community. Teflilah, family programming and other special events will be developed both in a virtual and periodic on-site format.

You can learn more about the 2020 VTS program here.

                              

weekly calendar

Grades K and 1 meet on Sundays at 9am
 
Grades 2 - 6 meet on Sundays at 9am and on Thursdays at 4pm.
 
Grade 7 meets on Saturdays at 9am and on Thursdays at 5pm.
 
Grade 8 - 9 meet on Thursdays at 5pm.
 
Thursday Night Teens which is open to Grades 7-12 takes place at 6pm.

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inspiring jewish journeys

At Congregation Beth El we believe that we learn best through experience. True for children and adults alike, it is through experiential education, learning in immersive settings, and quality relationships that we strive to provide engaging, fun, and meaningful Jewish education and programming.

We believe children and teens should not have to choose between fun and learning; instead, we have developed an integrated experience in which social programs are infused with content, and educational programs are infused with fun and friends. 
The formation of the Jewish Learning department at Congregation Beth El, signifies our commitment to creating an authentic and relevant learning environment. We believe that a more holistic combination of formal and informal education will help our children experience and connect with the beauty and wisdom of our ancient and ageless tradition while sharing in the joy of community. This cohesive strategy strives to leave a Jewish imprint on every child engaging with us at Congregation Beth El. 

In our new Jewish learning program, we strive to support kids and youth to make friends and build their Jewish identities in all aspects of our school and synagogue programming. We do not believe social activities or educational programs should be separated. Rather, we want our children to connect with their Jewish identity, make friends and be intellectually stimulated in all they experience, whether enjoying a Lag B’omer bonfire, playing gaga, bringing Jewish texts to life, competing in a synagogue campus scavenger hunt, joining together for prayer and celebration or taking a field trip to Disneyland. We invite you and your family to join us on this exciting new endeavor for an inspiring Jewish journey. 

About the Director of Jewish Learning: Ariel Moritz

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Lifelong jewish learning: viterbi Torah school

For Grades K-9, Judaism is brought to life in our Viterbi Torah School (VTS) and Kadima/USY programs. At VTS, our teachers create inviting and interactive classroom environments in which foundational skills are built. In Kadima/USY, children experience what makes it fun and cool to be Jewish in a safe space.

In the Viterbi Torah School (VTS), rabbis and teachers strive to develop responsible and knowledgeable individuals with positive Jewish identities who participate actively and joyfully in Jewish life. Our curriculum offers classes and programs to impart religious character, ethical awareness, and a love of Judaism. Our focus is to provide learning settings that tell the Jewish story as our students learn Hebrew, prayer, Jewish celebrations, texts, ideas, ethics, and values specifically designed for their age. While learning and experiencing together, our youth form friendships and create Jewish community.

In formal and informal settings, our vision is to provide our students, and their families, with holistic Jewish experiences integrating engaging classroom time, the acquisition of Hebrew language skills, authentic moments of prayer, exploration of what it means to be Jewish in our world today, and the celebration of Shabbat and our tradition’s holidays.

We are offering new programs including:
- Shabbat Swap (Gan-6th Grade) – Each grade will lead a family service or a Shabbat dinner as an opportunity to put into practice what they learn in the classroom through an authentic prayer experience.
- Family Program (Gan-6th Grade) – An alternative hands-on program in which parents will engage in Jewish learning alongside their children. This will take place during normal VTS Sunday hours.
- 7th and 8th Grade Excursions – 7th graders will learn about and visit “Jewish San Diego” and 8th graders will travel to Los Angeles.
- Oneg Shabbat – Welcome Shabbat by joining us for an Oneg Shabbat before our Friday evening family service. Families can schmooze, have an appetizer (and a glass of wine for parents) and then participate in a Friday night Shabbat service.

We offer these opportunities to provide you and your family with multiple paths of Jewish expression and engagement. We understand the commitment required to prioritize Jewish education and social experiences in a busy family schedule. Our program seeks to make every moment a child spends with us at Congregation Beth El a meaningful and enriching one. 

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grade specific curriculum and experiences

For information on the grade-specific curriculum and experiences, and an overview of the VTS educational philosophy, click here.

Beit PArent Program & family learning

Shabbat Swap (Gan-6th Grade) – Each grade will lead a family service or a Shabbat dinner as an opportunity to put into practice what they learn in the classroom through an authentic prayer experience.

Family Program (Gan-6th Grade) – An alternative hands-on program in which parents will engage in Jewish learning alongside their children. This will take place during normal VTS Sunday hours.
 
7th and 8th Grade Excursions – 7th graders will learn about and visit “Jewish San Diego” and 8th graders will travel to Los Angeles.

Oneg Shabbat – Welcome Shabbat by joining us for an Oneg Shabbat before our Friday evening family service. Families can schmooze, have an appetizer (and a glass of wine for parents) and then participate in a Friday night Shabbat service.

We offer these opportunities to provide you and your family with multiple paths of Jewish expression and engagement. 

Youth programming

Grades K-1: Katantan
Grades 2-3: Jr Kadima
Grades 4-6: Kadima
Grades 7-8: Jr USY
Grades 9-12: Sr USY

Our Thursday Night Teens program is for 9th-12th graders and meets on Thursdays from 6pm-8pm. Students from 7th and 8th grade are also welcome to attend. You can learn more about the Beth El Teens program here.

upcoming programs

                                                    

Past programs

  

                            

Wed, September 30 2020 12 Tishrei 5781