Youth Education and Programs

Congregation Beth HaTephila’s Religious School has a single but all-encompassing goal: Growing Jewish Lives. Our dedicated faculty works hand-in-hand with families to bring a love of Judaism to life in a way that inspires a lifetime of Jewish learning and a strong commitment to Tikun Olam and the Jewish community.

rschild Our Sunday morning program provides children and youth ages 0 through 7th grade with experiential opportunities to engage with Jewish tradition, history, prayers, music, Torah and ethics. Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation (optional) is supported by the curriculum. By the time a child finishes 6th grade, he/she will feel comfortable leading a Kabalat Shabbat service knowing, in Hebrew, all the prayers and songs. Whether you pursue a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or not, teens are invited to continue their exploration of Judaism in our Kadima Program (8-9th grades), Confirmation (10th grade), Wilderness Leadership Program (10-12th); Madrichim (religious school class assistants) and a NFTY chapter (North American Federation of Temple Youths)  for grades 8-12.

Choir – We have a strong music program, including an active family choir (Shir Tephila) which sings the first Friday of every month at Shabbat services and at festivals around town; and an exceptional adult choir (Kol Simcha) which teens are invited to join.

Our approach to Jewish education is a happy and meaningful one. We strive to inspire a lifelong love of Jewish learning and bring a love of Judaism to our students and their families. We invite you to join with us in our Jewish journeys!


An Engaging Reform Congregation in the Blue Ridge Mountains