“Not a man of words”: YouTube with the Rabbi

Categories: Inclusion, Not a man of words, Religious School
 

Kids who are preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs typically schedule weekly meetings with the rabbi. During these half-hour sessions, the rabbi helps each student compose a D’var Torah (or sermon)—this may be a young person’s first experience closely interpreting a biblical text and discussing it with a teacher. As the child’s Bar or…

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“Not a man of words”: Our First Martin Shabbat

Categories: Inclusion, Not a man of words, Religious School
 

As part of our Bar Mitzvah preparation plan, we have scheduled Martin to attend a number of Shabbat morning services over the coming months and to participate in some small way during the service. We haven’t planned out exactly what he will do each time, although an official name for these Saturday morning practice sessions…

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Steam Team Update!

Categories: Inclusion, Religious School
 

The Zayin class “Steam Team” had a great first session this week! Our 7th graders are making a real difference as they support their classmate Martin and help him prepare for his Bar Mitzvah.  The Steam Team helps Martin learn parts of the Shabbat service, but they also have fun together hanging out, playing with…

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Beth El Takes on the Ruderman Inclusion Challenge

Categories: Community Voices, Inclusion

Beth El’s Inclusion Committee and the synagogue’s overall inclusion practices moved one step up the ladder in early 2015 when we became one of only 15 Conservative congregations in North America selected to be a participant in a USCJ Ruderman Inclusion Action Community Initiative. The Ruderman Foundation, based in Boston, enables Jewish institutions to move…

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