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Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

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2016-2017 Gesher Calendar of Events

Our seventh grade program is designed to help our students bridge the gap from being children in the Jewish community to being adults. In this spirit, the program is called Gesher, the Hebrew word for bridge. Our students spend this pivotal year developing their understanding of Judaism as a religion, community, and culture and begin to shape the next stage of their Jewish identities. The curriculum explores the themes of peoplehood, identity, sexuality and relationships, leadership, spirituality, and religious pluralism through a Jewish lens. In addition, students participate in monthly sessions of Rosh Chodesh: It’s a Girl Thing or Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood, where teens have an opportunity to reflect on their identities and their Judaism with an adult facilitator.

A significant part of the year is dedicated to the Sacred Choices program in which students have the opportunity to learn and discuss issues relating to relationships, their bodies, and sex and sexuality in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Trained educators help facilitate age-appropriate learning and growth that goes beyond the public school’s education to explore the spiritual and emotional elements involved in these issues. Utilizing lessons from the Our Whole LivesOur Whole Lives curriculum, students are preapred to make thoughtful and informed choices as young Jews.

We believe that seventh grade is a critical year in the development of identity both Jewish and otherwise. The Gesher program helps students and parents navigate what can be a challenging experience in a way that promotes love of Judaism, a sense of community, and healthy relationships.

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  • High Holidays

    Beth Emet offers a variety of worship options for the Yamim Noraim (High Holidays). From Traditonal Reform and Morning Chavurah Services, to special worship and learning opportunites for adults, youth, and familie...

  • Experience Elul
    The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Prepare by attending one (or all!) of our special Elul programs. Click on t...
  • S'lichot Study: Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives

    with Rabbi Steven Bob
    Saturday, September 16 at 9:00 p.m.
    Rabbi Steven Bob will speak on Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives. In Pirke Avot 5:26 Ben Bag Bag famously teaches, “Turn it Turn it for it contains everything...

 

Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

  • Experience Elul
    The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Prepare by attending one (or all!) of our special Elul programs. Click on t...
  • S'lichot Study: Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives

    with Rabbi Steven Bob
    Saturday, September 16 at 9:00 p.m.
    Rabbi Steven Bob will speak on Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives. In Pirke Avot 5:26 Ben Bag Bag famously teaches, “Turn it Turn it for it contains everything...

  • Jewish Mindfulness Meditation

    with the Center for Jewish Mindfulness at Orot
    Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Emet (please note this class will NOT meet: April 4, April 11, April 18, May 30, and July 4)

    Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, Rabbi Sam Feinsmith, or o...

  • with Marci Dickman
    Wednesday, August 23 | 7:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. at the home of Marci Dickman
    How can the small choices I make each day bring me closer to the person I want to be? How can greater awareness support greater inn...

  • with Bluma Stoller
    Tuesday, September 12 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p
    Become familiar with the Machzor (High Holiday Prayer Book) in this introduction to the holiday where we will review the structure and traditions of Rosh HaShanah pr...

  • with Bluma Stoller 
    Tuesday, September 26 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Yom Kippur is time of self-reflection, which we do through communal prayer. This class will cover the rituals associated with Yom Kippur as well as explore th...

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