Our kids knew every nook and cranny of BI and felt very much at home there. After Shabbat kiddush, when it was time to come home, I would pack my younger son and daughter into my car, assuming my husband had our older son with him (we often arrived at different times in separate cars). He, of course, assumed that I had him with me. Anyway, on more Saturdays than I care to admit, one of our friends would inform us that we had left him behind. He was, as usual, reading in the library, totally comfortable and not missing us at all.
Among the best ways for children to learn about Jewish study and practice is to bring them to BI on Shabbat and holidays. Kids are always welcome at Beth Israel! In addition to adult services, we offer special family services: Tot Shabbat during the school year, as well as Minyan Mishpacha, an early Kabbalat Shabbat service for families with young children on the first Friday of most months. See Calendar of Events for details.
BI is also home to an enthusiastic group of USYers (United Synagogue Youth) who gather for socializing, community service and great discussions with our Rabbi.
Central Massachusetts and Greater Boston also offer a range of community Jewish educational opportunities for children and teens, including Jewish day schools for elementary, middle-school and high school students. Our families with young children love participating in PJ Library and other programs supported by the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts.
Rimon, Congregation Beth Israel’s Religious School, seeks to bring Jewish learning alive with a hands-on. discovery-oriented experience that centers on the child, engages the family, and treasures the community. Our vision is for children to question, learn, and grow, creating a vibrant Jewish identity and future arising from the love and knowledge of our rituals, history, and tradition.
Hebrew High, our community high school, helps students develop strong Jewish identities and the skills to actively engage in the diverse mosaic of Jewish life. Hebrew High nurtures life-long Jewish learning and values. For students in grades 8 – 12. Classes meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the JCC.
Prozdor of Hebrew College in Newton brings together Jewish teens of all denominations from throughout Greater Boston and Southern New England for a rigorous text-based curriculum and a wide menu of informal Jewish education experiences. Meets Sundays at Hebrew College from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For students grades 6-12.