Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim provides a variety of options for
study and growth for adults and young people alike.
Developing a child's Jewish identity is the principal aim of our religious school. KKBE has an outstanding Reform Jewish curriculum and provides a comprehensive program of Jewish education for youngsters ranging from kindergarten to 10th grade confirmation.
Religious School Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The CHAI curriculum, published by URJ Press, forms the backbone of our curriculum. Additional materials on holidays and history, along with music and special programs, create a program that combines a thorough Jewish education in a joyful environment. At all levels there is emphasis on the joy and importance of being Jewish in today's world.
For students planning to become Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Hebrew classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Five levels of instruction are offered. Hebrew competence is a requirement for Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation. Most students enroll in Hebrew classes beginning in the third grade.
Our B'nei Mitzvah coordinator and our Rabbis work extensively with each young person and with his/her family to maximize the experience, value and success of this major life-cycle event. Each Bar/Bat Mitzvah candidate must be a student in good standing in our Religious School, commit to completing his/her Jewish studies through the tenth grade (Confirmation), as well as a course of individualized instruction with the Rabbi. Candidates' families must be KKBE members at the time a ceremony is scheduled, which typically is three years in advance of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Confirmation takes place at the end of the tenth grade. Confirmands meet regularly with the Rabbi to study what it means to be a modern Jew. Areas of study include theology, Reform Jewish philosophy, ancient and modern Jewish history. At the conclusion of the year, the confirmands lead the congregation in a service created in part by the class, thereby affirming their faith in Judaism.
Jewish education is life-long and a valued aspect of congregational life. Adult programming includes Torah study, life-long learning on a wide variety of topics, an annual retreat, and other adult education classes.
Spring 2017 Adult Education Brochure