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Yom Rivii, 4 Elul 5778

Learning

Adult Education: 

 Due to weather concerns, we have had to change the schedule for our discussions.  We have pushed back our January meeting to February 5th.  We wil  revise our schedule of readings then.

Beit Haverim offers courses throughout the year to inform and inspire.  Please be sure to check our newsletters and bulletins to confirm what topics are being addressed and when those classes happen. Classes, unless otherwise specified, are held at Beit Haverim.

In addition, we hold a monthly Book Discussion Group.  Everyone is welcome to attend the group, and there is no charge. Most, but not all, books that we read have a strong Jewish connection.  

The next book group will meet on February 5th at 2:30 pm in the Fireplace room.   We will discuss The Door by Magda Szabo.

Future books and dates are as follows:

February 5    Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

March 5         Once We Were Brothers by Ronald Balsam

April 2            Treyf by Elissa Altman

Location: Beit Haverim, 1111 Country Club Rd. Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Please visit the calendar to confirm dates.


Bagel Chat 

Our Bagel Chats are held one Sunday per month and include a roundtable of discussion on various Jewish topics and occasionally include a guest speaker. We invite you to join us for bagels, schmear, coffee, and good conversation.

Do you have an idea for a bagel chat topic or guest speaker? Contact our Bagel Chat chairperson, Naomi Angier and let her know. 

Location: Beit Haverim 1111 Country Club Road,  Lake Oswego, OR 97034
One Sunday Each Month
2:45-4:30
Please visit the calendar to confirm dates.

 

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Curriculum Overview

The goals of our education program for grades K-7 are the same as those for the entire congregation.  We seek to construct powerful educational experiences that enable our students to become:

  • Critical Readers
  • Social Justice Activists
  • Reflective Ritual Practitioners

 Our focus on the development of identities provides touchstones for making pragmatic, curricular choices; enables us to chart our personal development throughout our lives; encourages opportunities for experiential learning; and guides us in integrating the study of Judaism with the lives that we lead. 

 

Critical Readers

Historically, Jews have conveyed their past through the telling and reading of stories.  As a text-based religion, Jews perpetuate and renew Judaism through the act of reading and interpretation.  Guided by the ideology of Reform Judaism, we seek to enable students to be thoughtful and competent readers of Jewish texts whose lives will be deeply informed by the central stories of Judaism, particularly those contained in the Torah.  Through ongoing text study in Hebrew and English, we endeavor to instill in our students the capacity to make wise choices regarding their Jewish practice and to integrate Jewish values into the entirety of their lives.

 

Hebrew

We do not live in a Hebrew speaking environment and the structure of our program does not support the acquisition of spoken language skills.  However, becoming competent readers and interpreters of Biblical and liturgical Hebrew are very relevant educational goals for Reform Jews living in the United States.

 

Social Justice Activists

Judaism is another word for activism.  Reform Judaism embraces social justice as a key component of Jewish living in the modern world. There are many ways we understand and enact this pillar of Judaism in our religious school program.  We transmit to our students the values of tzedakah (righteous living), rachamim (compassion), and tikkun ha'olam (repair of the world), and facilitate opportunities for them to engage in this work.  Each grade's curriculum focuses on aspects of our responsibility for repairing our world in an age appropriate manner, often including and relying upon parent participation and support.

 

Reflective Ritual Practitioners

Through meaningful prayer experiences and an understanding of, and familiarity with, Jewish rituals of all types, we seek to instill our students with a sense of their spiritual selves and competency in prayer and ritual.  Our goals are for our students to utilize prayer and ritual as a way to center and nurture themselves; to connect to the larger Beit Haverim community; and to become engaged with an entire people bound together in covenant.

 

We can only achieve these goals in partnership with parents and continued family participation at Shabbat and holiday services. 


 

Religious School meets from 2:30 - 4:30 PM at Beit Haverim, 1111 Country Club Rd Lake Oswego 97034

Hebrew Classes for our students in 4th - 7th grades meet from 4:30 - 5:30 PM in same location.


RELIGIOUS SCHOOL SCHEDULE 2018-19

September 16  First Day---followed by Celebration Picnic

23

20

October

7

14

21

28

November

4

11

18

No school on 25th for Thanksgiving break

December

2  (First candle for Chanukah)

9

16

No school December 23, 30 due to winter breqk

January 2019

6

13

20  Special event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

27

February

3  Special event at 11;00 AM off site

10

No school February 17--Presidents' Day

March

10

17

31

April

7

14

21

May

5

No school May 12---Mother's Day

19 Last Day

 


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