The Talmud calls the study of Torah a deed whose worth cannot be measured. Congregation Beth Israel is a learning community where we delve deeply into our tradition.
Our programs for children and their families are divided by age groups:
Hand in Hand - Family education for families with children in Pre-K and Kindergarten
Aleph-Tav - Judaic studies and Hebrew Education for children in kindergarten through 4th grade
Ne'arim - Judaic Studies and Hebrew Education for children in 4th-6th grade
B’nai Mitzvah – Jewish learning to prepare for bar and bat mitzvah
Teens in 6th through 12th grade also engage in fun, informal learning in CBI's Youth Group. The Youth Group meets once a month during the school year. Events include dinner and movie nights, field trips, social action projects, holiday celebrations, joint programs with youth groups from neighboring congregations, and an annual trip to NYC, Boston, or Philadelphia.
We also offer meaningful Adult Education courses every year. We have a popular Torah Study group that follows our Shabbat morning services every week at 11:00 AM. We have an active women's Rosh Hodesh group that meets monthly in members' homes to explore Jewish tradition from a woman's perspective.
Congregation Beth Israel is fortunate to have support from local Jewish organizations. The Hand in Hand and Avodah programs receive partial funding from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Our programs for K-12 students are subsidized by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires. Last year, our subsidy from Jewish Federation of the Berkshires amounted to more than $315 per student and was made possible by donations to JFB's Annual Campaign. Please, give generously to the Annual Campaign !
For further information about our education programs, please contact the CBI office at (413) 663-5830.