The Jewish family has been the cornerstone of our society and the focal point of Jewish religious life for centuries. Youth Education at Congregation Beth Jacob reinforces that Jewish family value. We offer a wide variety of educational, spiritual, and social programs that are designed to engage the interest of all our members, and to bring us together as individuals, families and Jews.
Congregation Beth Jacob is a joyful and caring home where students learn to embrace their Jewish identity.
It is a place where every student discovers the importance of Jewish values, learning, and community. Our students emerge as lifelong learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate actively in Jewish community and life, devoted to mitzvot and social action.
Learn more about the CBJ Religious School.
The eighth grade curriculum is social-action driven. Using the Mitzvah Projects that students completed during their Bar & Bat Mitzvahs as a jumping-off point, students learn the text behind the values, but most important they take action! Students also discuss real-life issues like sex, drugs, interfaith dating and marriage, bullying, body image, getting along with your parents as teenagers, etc., etc. from a Jewish point of view. They plan and take field trips, cook, and more.
Ritual Director Bill Futornick is the primary teacher and coordinator of the program.
On one Monday a month, instead of having a regular session, students have a special session for the girls and boys separately. The girls participate in Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!, which is a fantastic program. It is a values-based, experiential program that draws on Jewish tradition to give girls a place to feel safe, articulate their questions and concerns, have fun, and be ‘real’ with their peers. Cantor Barbara leads this group. For boys on that day, they will participate in Being with Bill, a chance to talk about “guy things.”
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For the many CBJ families whose children attend Jewish day schools, we believe that integrating them into the synagogue community at CBJ is a priority. Our expectations regarding their attendance will allow them to:
learn and be familiar with CBJ’s services and melodies
feel a part of their respective B’nai Mitzvah classes
complete rigorous B’nai Mitzvah preparation alongside their classmates
connect to the broader CBJ community and its sacred goals
Our expectations for Jewish day school students consist of the following:
Attendance at and participation in weekly Junior Congregation services beginning in the 3rd grade.
Attendance during 6th and 7th grade sessions, one day of the week. Joining the class in 6th and 7th grades allows our clergy to build mentoring relationships with the day school students and their families, and for connections with other CBJ students to deepen.
Participation in Chesed, Mishpacha, Journeys, holiday, and Shabbat activities.