Programs for All Ages
Congregation Beit Tikvah offers diverse opportunities for us to engage with each other in Jewish learning. Each year's set of programs is generated and supported by the member volunteers in our Adult Education Committee, and reflects the varied interests and needs of our community. Here is a sampling of current and past programs: Derech Torah (Path of Torah), Reconstructionist Roundtable (see below), Friday Night Discussion Series, Jewish Alive and American (an overview of Judaism taught by our Rabbi using a book of the same name), Synagogue Speak (a way to become comfortable participating in services, taught by one of our members), beginning Hebrew, Saturday Morning Torah Study and Exploration, and Spiritual Sunday (a program presented at Kesher School for congregants and students of all ages).
For Families and Youth
Bonim (Builders), for Families Preparing for Bar and Bat Mitzvah
Rabbi Larry guides families nearing the significant time when children begin crossing into adulthood. They gather for mutual support, Torah and values exploration, personal growth, and strengthening ties to one another and the Jewish community. This monthly "Bonim" (Builders) program engages bar and bat mitzvah youth and their parents in a deeper phase of Jewish learning towards the close of their Sunday school experience as they prepare for the bar or bat mitzvah ritual.
Camp JRF fills the summer with fun, friendships, and Jewish living. The summer camp is a joyful, creative, and inclusive Reconstructionist community. Campers swim, play soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and other sports. They sing and explore other arts. They learn from visiting artists, scholars, and rabbis, as well from talented specialists and dedicated college-age counselors. Our campers make lasting friendships, experience a safe and fun summer, explore Jewish tradition, forge their own Jewish identity, and participate in creating a Jewish culture in which our values are lived each day. Located on the Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman Campus in the Pocono Mountains, the camp is within easy driving distance of Baltimore.
Learn more about Camp JRF and register for next summer!
Because of our affiliation with Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, Congregation Beit Tikvah members are offered a $200 discount.
Previously Offered Programs
The Reconstructionist Roundtable
_Congregation Beit Tikvah is proud to have offered an Adult Education workshop series called The Reconstructionist Roundtable. This monthly workshop series featured the best Reconstructionist rabbis and educators in the Mid-Atlantic region, offering their insights and knowledge on living a Jewish life. We may offer this education series again.
An example of a previous Roundtable:
Join us as Rabbi Isaac Saposnik, director of Camp JRF, leads "The Changing Face of Jewish Community." As the director of camp, Rabbi Saposnik leads the only full-time Reconstructionist community. In this program he will share a civilizational approach to Jewish communities past and present. Rabbi Saposnik will also join Kesher School for the morning assembly. Please join us for this exciting learning opportunity at the Waldorf School!
More Reconstructionist Roundtables
Transformative Jewish Texts
Beit Tikvah was one of six congregations nationwide which won a grant from the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. The grant for Transformative Jewish Texts will cover the cost of sending a rabbinic scholar to us from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College to offer 10-12 hours of community education focused on studying one Jewish text.
The rabbinic scholar will work with congregational educators and our interim rabbi over the spring and fall of 2012 to prepare a series of community education classes offered (free, of course!) to Beit Tikvah members in the spring of 2013. The program's scholars and education teams from the six congregations chose the text to be studied: The Burning Bush, Exodus Chapter 3.