Beth Jacob Youth Education 2022-2023 (5783)

Joyful, enriching, learning for children and families at Beth Jacob Congregation!

Register for Shabbat Classes for 2022-2023 HERE

Beth Jacob’s robust learning opportunities for children prepare them to be lifelong learners who care deeply about, and contribute to the ongoing conversation about, what it means to live Jewishly in an ever-changing world.

The main elements of our children’s learning and development include:

Shabbat Classes at BJC: Iyunim and Kehilat Shabbat

Weekday Hebrew and Judaics learning (Day School or Supplementary):

Reach out to us

We are very excited to be part of your child’s Jewish learning, development and growth. Please feel free to reach out to Rabbi Tamar Magill-Grimm, our Rabbi Educator, with any general questions or concerns about youth education at (651-452-2226) or rabbitamar@beth-jacob.org.

Shabbat Learning Program

Shabbat learning is complementary to weekday communal Jewish learning. We are happy to help make connections to the community schools for Jewish and Hebrew language learning — at one of the Talmud Torahs, one of the day schools or private tutoring. Shabbat classes meet most Saturdays at 10am-12pm.

Register for Shabbat Classes for 2022-2023 HERE

Iyunim: Jewish Explorations (Grades PPK-4)

Iyunim is Beth Jacob’s hands-on, curiosity-driven Hebrew language and Jewish learning program for children ages 3 years through 4th grade. In Iyunim our children explore Hebrew language, Jewish stories, and create learning that will grow with them their whole lives. The values that drive the practice of our learning, in Iyunim and beyond, are these:

  • We value children and adults as responsible partners in learning, together creating the next layers of our ongoing Jewish conversation.
  • We value genuine listening that allows us to express and learn from multiple perspectives, creating a learning community in which each child and family is truly welcome.
  • We value living in Jewish time and using Hebrew language; Jewish stories are at the center of our learning.
  • We value a joyful, embodied, exploratory approach to learning, motivated by our children’s questions and curiosity.

Iyunim was created with strong parental and communal involvement and drew inspiration from the Jewish Enrichment Center in Chicago.

Kehillat Shabbat (Grades 5-8)

Beth Jacob has gathered an amazing team of teachers to work with your children. We are here to make meaning with them, to share learning with them, to teach, to be delighted in our Jewish learning, and to make community. Please join us!

  • 5-6th graders focus on Tefillah and Torah, exploring ideas and narratives in the text. They will deepen their understanding of how Torah becomes part of Jewish life through story, interpretation, prayer, and language. They also learn and reinforce their skills of Hebrew, trope, and tefillah.
  • 7-8th graders will learn new ways to apply Jewish values in their own lives, reflecting their own new stages of life and sensibilities. 

Madrichim

Our teens are an essential part of youth learning at Beth Jacob. They help to lead youth tefillah and are madrichim in the nursery and in our older classes, working one on one and with small groups of children guided by their teachers. Our teens often read Torah and lead services in the main sanctuary, and participate in a teen sicha, a discussion on current issues and topics of interest led by our youth leaders.

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