Jewish Education for our Youth
Jewish education for our youth and children encompasses formal classroom education as well as informal learning opportunities and social activities for students of all ages, as well as our youth groups, USY and Kadima.
The Sandi Kupperman Learning Center
The Sandi Kupperman Learning Center is the educational arm of Temple Beth El, encompassing youth groups, family education, adult education, Shabbat experiences, and B'nai Mitzvah preparation. This is a place that offers engaging formal and informal learning opportunities, not just teaching Judaism, but celebrating and living it. There are classes and programs for all ages, from children to adults and families. We help our congregants build the skills that they need for a rich Jewish life while also building community.
In the fall of 2022, the Temple Beth El Religious School will merge with Sinai Temple Religious School to form B'Yachad. For more information and to register, click here.
Informal education at Temple Beth El falls under SCUSY, our local chapter of United Synagogue Youth (USY) and Kadima. Kadima is our youth group for grades 5-8, and USY is our youth group for grades 9-12.
United Synagogue Youth and Kadima inspire Jewish youth to explore, celebrate and practice ethical values, Jewish living, Zionism and community responsibility based on the ideology of the Conservative Movement. USY and Kadima offer opportunities for social interaction with other teens locally, regionally, and internationally!
This year’s USY and Kadima calendars will feature a full range of events and programs. Throughout the year, we attend sports events, regional events, overnights, travel experiences, holiday celebrations, and more! Join us for an amazing year.
Adult education at Temple Beth El appeals to a wide range of interests. We offer a wide variety of learning opportunities, including how to participate in the service, text study, ethical topics, film, cooking, travel, literature, and beyond! From drop-in Lunch & Learn programs to weekly classes, you can “just show up,” or come every week! Join us to expand your knowledge, skill sets, and sense of community!
Family education is an integral part of our educational programming. Our goal is to form relationships, build community, and promote Jewish living beyond the synagogue through home-based activities, holiday programs, and experiential activities.
Kadima is the international youth organization for Jewish pre-teens in grades 5-8. It is sponsored by the United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism, and participates in some joint programs with USY. Kadima programs give members the opportunity to participate in fun, social activities with a Jewish twist!
The focus of Kadima focuses on tikun olam (repairing the world), Jewish holidays, and community involvement through programs that promote social responsibility and friendship. The yearly membership fee is $40, and entitles the member to attend any or all Kadima events, some of which require an additional fee.
United Synagogue Youth (USY) is an international organization affiliated with Conservative Judaism and devoted to social programs for teenagers. Temple Beth El’s chapter of USY participates in local, regional, and international USY events.
The core ideals of USY are ethical values, Jewish Living, Zionism and community responsibility, embodied in activities and programs that are both Jewish and social. USY is open to students in grades 9-12. The yearly membership fee is $50, and entitles the member to attend any or all USY events, some of which require an additional fee.