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Congregation Beth HaTephila

An Engaging, Inclusive, Reform Congregation in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Youth Education & Programs

Congregation Beth HaTephila's Religious School has a single, but all-encompassing goal: Growing Jewish Lives.

A 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 Tikkun Olam and the Jewish community.

The Sunday morning religious school program provides children and youth age 2 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 they pursue a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or not, teens are invited to continue their exploration of Judaism in our Kadima Program (8th & 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. The newly formed Club 56 is an introduction to youth group programs for 5th and 6th graders. Club 56 offers Jewish and social activities uniting students in fellowship, belonging and commitment to our Jewish community.

Choir - Music at Beth HaTephila is a joyous happening, and is a integral part of every religious school session. We also have a 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 on our Jewish journeys!

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