It is a tree of life to those who hold fast to it…its ways are ways of pleasantness and all its paths are peace.
- Proverbs 3:18, 17
Rabbi Gamliel the son of Rabbi Yehuda haNasi said, "It is good to join the study of Torah to some kind of work…"
- Pirke Avot 2:2
Temple Beth Elohim is about lifelong learning.
The activities, programs and classes that take place during a typical week at Temple Beth Elohim (TBE) are plentiful. Facilitated and taught by members of our clergy, education team, local scholars and religious school faculty, TBE's learning opportunities range from Hebrew language, holiday and text study to parenting and family programs to "how-to" workshops to interfaith dialogue and more. There is something every day of the week for learners at every age, and in every knowledge or confidence level.
At TBE, we know that each person has a story; each person is on a journey. We assist and enrich the lives of our members and our congregation by providing a wide range of learning opportunities, and multiple gateways, enabling individuals to make choices that are the best next steps for them personally and at the same time help them connect with our community. Jewish learning is a lifelong endeavor and we seek to engage all learners from preschool through adult, from novice to expert.
We know that there are many ways to learn and that real learning happens best when it is connected with experience. Consequently our learning programs integrate formal and informal learning, joining academic and experiential approaches. This is evidenced in our youth programs, to highlight one example, by a curriculum that teaches students about the Jewish imperative to engage in tikkun olam (repair of the world) and engages these students in community service work. In our adult learning programs, it is demonstrated by a range of learning opportunities with different styles and formats and by our joint sponsorship of programs with many committees within the congregation, including the Caring Community, the Social Action Committee, the Israel Connection Team, to name only a few. We consider learning to be integral to everything we do. When members of our community come together, they are building relationships and they are learning. Our goal is to make those interactions meaningful and relevant.
Learn more about the nationally recognized programs for Early Childhood, Limud (grades K-5) & Beit Midrash (grades 3 to 5), BM3T (grades 6-7), Havayah (grades 8-12) and Adults in the pages of our Learning section.