At Beth Hillel, our educational programs are first-class, with a programs for children that start with tot shabbat and family services, and continue through the teen years where many high school students serve as Aides in our religious school. Our goal is to provide for a lifetime of Jewish learning.
Our youth are an inspiration, actively shaping the future of our congregation. Many participate in local and national reform movement youth groups, (often taking on leadership roles), and the majority of our students attend summer camp at OSRUI. Many of our teens have gone on to be NFTY and Temple Youth Group advisors, song leaders, and summer camp counselors through URJ affiliated camps.
The curriculum of our Religious School places a strong emphasis on your child's growth in Jewish life. In order to maximize learning, topics are taught at grade-appropriate levels using a variety of teaching approaches, such as cooperative learning, music, art, dance, theater, storytelling, films, visual aids, and games to enhance the learning process. Readings are assigned based on grade level and content. Every year, we expand our dynamic curriculum and resources, allowing students to become more capable and participate in conversations at grade-appropriate levels.
Religious School Life Cycle Events
Any child who is enrolled in our religious school is eligible for consecration. Although many students will be in kindergarten, students of all grades are welcome to join. The Consecration ceremony takes place during the Shabbat service, coinciding with our Chanukah or Simchat Torah celebrations.
With this rite of passage, our thirteen-year-old youths are initiated into the religious community and given responsibility for understanding and upholding our tradition's principles. Parents are welcome to speak with the Rabbi about any inquiries they may have about their child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah at any time
As a result of an individual decision, youth in the tenth grade can reaffirm their commitment to Judaism during the Confirmation ceremony. Students who study Kabbalat Torah are encouraged to consider problems in both their personal and societal contexts from the perspective of liberal Jewish values and Jewish tradition. The students conduct the Confirmation Service as leaders.