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beth el teens & usy

Beth El Teens participate together in a safe, fun, and Jewish environment. Teens can connect with their peers and have authentic Jewish experiences. Our integrated educational and social programming prepares Jewish teens to be confident and thoughtful Jewish adults. Through Thursday Night Teens (TNT), the Madrich program, and United Synagogue Youth (USY), Grades 9-12 connect with peers and create experiences rooted in Jewish culture and values.

The wide array of programming available to Beth El Teens includes social justice programs, leadership development, holiday and Shabbat celebrations, and discussions of current and hot topics. Beth El Teens experience Judaism in the broader San Diego community through the Jewish Film Festival, collaborative events with other synagogues, and regional youth group programming. The madrich program offers opportunities for those interested in volunteering here at Beth El to assist in educating VTS students. Teens can also volunteer at local Jewish communal and organizational events.

You can learn more about the Beth El Teens program here.

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.

                                       

Registration & 2019-2020 Calendar

                                                            2019-2020 Calendar 
                                                            Register here

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 are developing an integrated experience in which social programs are infused with content, and educational programs are infused with fun and friends.

The formation of a new 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.

As we launch 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

Lifelong Jewish Learning: Viterbi Torah school

2019-2020 Calendar 

Grades K and 1 meet on Sundays 9am-12p.
Grades 2 - 6 meet on Sundays 9am-12pm and on Thursdays 4pm-6pm.
Grade 7 meets on Saturdays 9am-12pm and on Thursdays 4pm-6pm.
Grade 8 meets on Thursdays 4pm-6pm.

For Grades K-8, 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.

Special social experiences including Shabbat and holiday gatherings, authentic moments of prayer, social justice programs, field trips and Kadima/USY events, reinforce the skills and knowledge our students gain in the classroom. Congregation Beth El families will enjoy new opportunities to participate in supplementary family programming exploring Jewish ideas and customs.

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.

beit parent program & family learning

Thursday December 12 at 5:30pm
Pre-Hanukkah Celebration
 
 

5:30 pm - Hanukkah Story read by Author, Marsha Berneger
A Dreidel in Time: A New Spin on an Old Tale A Hanukkah story session with the author for our
children and their parents. Devorah and Benjamin are excited to open their Hanukkah present, but it’s only an ugly old dreidel. It’s a big disappointment, until it transports them
out of their hometown to join the Maccabees!

Author Marcia Berneger is a retired teacher who lives with her husband and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and second grade, as well as special education. She currently teaches Torah school, in addition to her volunteer work in classrooms, libraries, and with various fundraisers. She lives in San Diego.
 

6:00 pm - Hanukkah Themed Dinner & Learning Activities
Following a symbolic candle lighting and holiday songs we enjoy a festive Latke Dinner
 

6:30 pm - Hanukkah at Home:
Giving Our Children the Gift of Meaning. Before enjoying Hanukkah this year, take this opportunity to join with Rabbi Shulman and discover meanings to teach our children from the story of Hanukkah.


6:30 pm - Hanukkah Crafts and Activities
Get in the Hanukkah mood with Olive Oil Tasting, Hanukkah crafts, cards to decorate for homebound seniors, a Festival of Lights Yoga session, and delicious donuts & Hanukkah treats.
 

Our Judaica Shop will be open and olive oil from We Olive, as well as the book A Dreidel in Time, will be available for purchase for your Hanukkah gifting needs.

beth el teens & usy

Beth El Teens participate together in a safe, fun, and Jewish environment. Teens can connect with their peers and have authentic Jewish experiences. Our integrated educational and social programming prepares Jewish teens to be confident and thoughtful Jewish adults. Through Thursday Night Teens (TNT), the Madrich program, and United Synagogue Youth (USY), Grades 9-12 connect with peers and create experiences rooted in Jewish culture and values.

The wide array of programming available to Beth El Teens includes social justice programs, leadership development, holiday and Shabbat celebrations, and discussions of current and hot topics. Beth El Teens experience Judaism in the broader San Diego community through the Jewish Film Festival, collaborative events with other synagogues, and regional youth group programming. The madrich program offers opportunities for those interested in volunteering here at Beth El to assist in educating VTS students. Teens can also volunteer at local Jewish communal and organizational events.

You can learn more about the Beth El Teens program here.

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.

Upcoming programs

       

       

Mon, January 20 2020 23 Tevet 5780