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Viterbi torah school (VTS) weekly classes

Dear VTS, TNT & USY families, 

We are making a lot of exciting plans for your students to return to Viterbi Torah School and the Congregation Beth El campus. I am honored to take a proactive daily role in directing and guiding the Viterbi Torah School. I am also extremely excited to welcome Craig Parks as the newest member of our synagogue staff.  Craig has a long history at Beth El, having co-created many wonderful programs with me over the years.  Craig’s focus will be facilitating a comprehensive music program for our community as well as informal family engagement programming during the academic year.  You can read his statement below. Please join me in welcoming Craig and his family to our community on Friday, July 28, during the Plaza Prayer Friday night Shabbat service. 

In addition to Craig’s arrival, many of our dedicated and talented staff will return along with one or two new staff members. While we are busy creating a loving, safe, and nurturing learning environment we will continue to communicate our plans in the weeks ahead.  I am also grateful to Cheryl Katz for her care and commitment.  Cheryl has moved on from the Beth El family and we all wish her good luck on her new journey.   

There are a lot of exciting plans being prepared for the school year, and I invite you to re-enroll your child/ren in our programming.  Please use the following links for registration and for the 2023-24 school calendar. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns and I look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday, September 10 for our first day of classes. 
Todah Rabbah! 
Rabbi Avi Libman 

Register for VTS, TNT, B'nei Mitzvah Class or USY here.
View/download the 2023-2024 Calendar here

Contact Rabbi Avi Libman with any questions


Dear Congregation Beth El family, 

I am thrilled to become part of the dynamic team at Congregation Beth El as the Assistant Director of Jewish Learning for Music and Experiential Education.  I want to share the wise words of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.  He reminded us that "Joy is not merely incidental to your spiritual quest.  It is vital."  He also taught that "the most direct means for attaching ourselves to God from this material world is through music and song."  I aspire to be a source of joy, connection, and comfort through music and creative modes of Jewish expression.   
I have been a part of the San Diego Jewish community for thirty years and some of that time has been at Beth El part time leading music at the Viterbi Torah School, leading Pajama Shabbat for young families with Rabbi Avi for several years, and leading Shabbat with the Chofesh band for young adults several years ago.  I have found the Beth El community to be warm, inclusive, and spirited.  I am incredibly excited to reconnect with those of you I know and to connect with those of you I have yet to meet.   
I have a real passion for Jewish music, education, Jewish meditation, and meaningful connection.  I hope you will come out on July 28 where I will be co-leading with the clergy that evening with guitar in hands!  It will be the first of many opportunities for us to sing together, create harmony, and celebrate the beauty and wisdom of our Jewish tradition.   


Craig Parks 

Class Schedule
4:00-6:00 pm : Grades 2-7
6:00-8:00 pm : Thursday Night Teens (TNT) - Grades 8-12
9:00 am-12:00 pm : 7th grade B'nei Mitzvah Class
9:00 am-12:00 pm : Grades K-6

Youth & Teen programs (Grades K-12)

Along with VTS and TNT classes, Beth El offers grade specific programs for additional educational themed fun! As long as your child is enrolled in VTS or TNT, they are welcome to enjoy any programs for their grade level/age range. Some events are free and some will require additional payments. 
Our youth and teen programs meet during the school year as a way to develop strong Jewish friendships and connections to the Jewish community. Through chapter and regional events, students become aware of a larger Jewish world while learning how to become a part of it.
We divide our Programs into two main grade ranges. 
Youth Programs - Grades K-6 - click here for more information and past/upcoming events
Teen Programs - Grades 7-12 - click here for more information and past/upcoming events


Jewish Experiential Learning at Beth El strives to provide an environment where our students grow to experience an authentic Jewish community that is relevant, personal and inspiring.

Through school-wide experiences like singing, prayer, games and activities, as well as grade-level Judaic, Hebrew and prayer instruction, we engage Viterbi Torah School (VTS) students (K-7) in dynamic and multi-modal learning. We take advantage of Beth El’s beautiful and expansive campus to allow students move and learn outside both to connect with the natural world and to practice safe distancing and snack habits while at VTS.

At Thursday Night Teens (TNT) our 8th-12th graders develop the skills needed to navigate our changing world as informed by Jewish thought. They gain an opportunity to engage in more mature learning about current events and contemporary Jewish life. Teens are engaged in leadership training through which they plan programs and social activities for their peers.

Our approach to developing inquisitive, skilled and engaged young Jewish people pays special attention to the social-emotional well being of each student, so that all can benefit from a safe and connected learning community.

See the Curriculum Here

Sun, September 24 2023 9 Tishrei 5784