Temple Beth El continues its successful program of inviting young adults who have become Bar or Bat Mitzvah to assist in our Torah School.
Students in Eighth Grade and above are eligible to become madrikhim, literally, “guides.”
We will help these role models for younger children to develop personal goals for each day at school, write weekly journals of observations and questions, and act as adjunct instructors in conjunction with the classroom teacher.
For the madrikhim, this guidance and experience in our school will impart to them valuable skills for later life. In addition, these young people who work in the classrooms or assist in the office are an essential asset to our synagogue community, and we are delighted to have them with us.
The teens who participate in the madrikhim program can earn community service hours for their time.
The Arachim Program was developed by the South Bay synagogues together with the Jewish Federation to provide 8th and 9th grade teens an opportunity to develop lasting friendships while learning about the obligation of mitzvot as they actively participate in Tikun Olam projects. Through the various Tikun Olam projects that have been selected, teens will discover the countless needs and opportunities to be of service within the larger Jewish and South Bay communities.
We have two youth groups at Temple Beth El, Yaldai Shalom, our youth group for middle school children, and BETY, (Beth El Temple Youth) our high school youth group. The groups will meet regularly, each according to its own schedule, for parties, trips, mitzvah projects, concerts, pool parties, overnight events, and all kinds of fun.
Our young people need to form social networks among their Jewish peers. Torah School does not fully foster those social networks. In addition, youngsters from Temple Beth El need to meet age mates from other synagogues. BETY is formally affiliated with NFTY, the national youth movement of Reform Judaism.
The goals of our youth programs are to: foster social interaction among age mates in the synagogue, cultivate social interaction among age mates from other area synagogues, develop social action programs for youth within the synagogue community and in the general community, and facilitate trips to places of Jewish and general interest.
This year our youth groups will coordinate our food collection for Yom Kippur, coordinate our annual Purim Carnival, have social events throughout the year, and lead other tzedakah projects for our synagogue community.
During each Torah School session, on Sunday and Thursday students meet in the Beit K’nesset for T’fillah as part of the school day. They become familiar with the melodies and flow of the service, and will feel more comfortable in the synagogue as a Beit T’fillah, House of Prayer.
In order to meet the needs of our students, primary grade students meet separately from our Hebrew Department students. Primary Grades T'fillah begins at 9:10 a.m. on Sundays.
Students in our Hebrew Department will meet regularly on Sundays for Shaharit, the morning service, and on Thursdays for Minhah or Ma’ariv, afternoon or evening prayers. We now include the recitation of Kaddish at these services, and we have changed the time to 5:35 pm, the last part of the school day. In this way, we hope to offer the opportunity for anyone in the community who needs to say Kaddish the availability of a regularly scheduled worship setting in which to do so.
We encourage parents who wish to attend these “learners’ minyanim to join us!