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Learning

With a synagogue whose membership includes many Rabbis, Cantors, Jewish education professors and non-profit Jewish professionals, learning is very much part of the everyday fabric of synagogue life.  From our myriad of children’s Saturday services to our Lunch and Learns and annual Shabbatons, the calendar is full of opportunities to learn.

Northern New Jersey Jewish Academy (NNJJA), is a consortium Religious School that includes 5 other synagogues in the area and of which Congregation Beth Sholom is proud to be a partner synagogue. NNJJA provides formal Jewish education for children ages three through thirteen and is affiliated with both the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies and Prozdor – the supplemental high school of the Jewish Theological Seminary. The course of study offered through NNJJA provides our students with academic and experiential knowledge of Jewish tradition, culture, prayer, history and Torah. phone_set_02 (201) 444-9320 for more information.
The Jewish Education Scholarship Fund (JESF) is a hallmark of Congregation Beth Sholom. This fund was created in 2009 to meet our commitment to support the Jewish education of the community’s children. This fund helps ensure that our children develop a strong commitment to the Jewish community through formal and informal Jewish educational experiences such as Hebrew school or Jewish day school education, a summer in a Jewish camp or a formal Israel trip program. Click here to view the board approved JESF policies. For some families in our community, sadly, these choices are out of reach because of the high costs involved. Sometimes, just a little extra financial help can make the difference that will change a young life. In 2016, JESF discreetly distributed more than $124,000 in need-based scholarships to 45 children in our synagogue(K-12th grade), to enable them to attend the programs mentioned previously. This effort was made possible mainly through the generous donations of Beth Sholom families, whose contributions supplemented the $28,500 JESF allocation in our synagogue’s budget. Donations are made in the Spring and applications from full members are solicited then as well. FAQs.  For a JESF application, click here.The Shulman Scholarship provides up to $2000 per summer for up to two teenagers for educational travel programs in Israel. Candidates must apply and demonstrate leadership qualities. The recipients are asked to give a speech during Shemini Atzeret. Requests for applications are also typically solicited in the spring.
Celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Beth Sholom is both a family and community occasion. To make this milestone a joyous moment for you, your child, and your family and friends, we’ve compiled numerous resources to help you plan and enjoy the event. The information is fairly comprehensive but not exclusive to the items you will need to consider when planning for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Beth Sholom and will be provided to you by the office. Every simcha is different, as is every child, and we welcome any specific questions you may have that pertain to your needs. The Congregation Beth Sholom office is available to work with you on this amazing journey. Please contact us. We look forward to working with you.
A popular program for 5th graders since 2001, children gather at the end of Shabbat morning services for a series of 10-12 sessions to learn basic Torah reading skills, each week proceeding to a different home for lunch and play time.  The program culminates in a celebratory siyyum with the students’ families.  A perfect combination of education, peer bonding and fun, conceived by congregant Adina Avery-Grossman and taught by Adina and Ronit Wolff Hanan.

The Adult Education Committee annually presents an array of thought-provoking programs and classes designed to expand and enhance the collective Jewish education and Jewish conversation among members at Congregation Beth Sholom. Regular programs include:

The Rabbi Barry Schaeffer Scholar in Residence are a series of lectures and during services and after Erev Shabbat dinner and Shabbat lunch with an invited scholar and occurs once per year. Some recent guests have included:

  • 2013: Professor Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College
  • 2014: Rabbi Edward Feld, Senior Editor, Mahzor Lev Shalem
  • 2015: Professor Reuven Firestone, Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles
The Shabbaton was initiated and continued as a local “retreat” for synagogue members, the annual Shabbaton has become a highlight of our annual communal activities. Families come together to study at the synagogue on Friday night and all day Shabbat. Three sessions of classes are offered with a choice of many different topics, led by scholars from the community. Our families join together for Friday night dinner and Shabbat lunch. Children’s activities and baby-sitting are available during the sessions.
The Lunch and Learn program occurs five times throughout the year. Lunch is served at the synagogue after the Shabbat morning service, and is followed by a lecture on either textual or contemporary issues.
Hug Ivri is an informal study group which meets periodically for reading and discussion of modern Hebrew texts. Meetings and discussion are in Hebrew on selected days one hour before ma’ariv.
The Albert and Rose Buchman lecture on Jewish artists and Jewish influence in art occurs once per year. Some recent guests have included:

 

 

 

 

 

  • 2013: Norman Kleeblatt described the history of the building and its collections and presented his Confessions of a Curator: 25 Years of Exhibitions at the Jewish Museum in New York.
  • 2014: Richard I. Cohen spoke about The “Wandering Jew”: Visual and Historical Pathways through Time and Space
  • 2015: Steve Reich, composer and musician, and Beryl Korot, video artist, discussed The Cave, a video-music collaboration in A Theatre of Ideas: Exploring the Legacy of Abraham through Video, Music, and the Spoken Word.

There are two Artist Beit Midrash sessions per year, each meeting on Sunday mornings. Artists meet with a member Rabbi and using media they select, interpret the text studied during the 6-10 weeks of the session.  Click here to view past creations.

 

 

Irving Shakin Library

Association of Jewish LibrariesThe Congregation Beth Sholom Irving Shakin Library seeks to provide congregants with research, educational, and recreational material which promote the study of Judaism and general topics of Jewish interest and includes current adult fiction and non-fiction. The Children’s and Young Adult collections emphasize holidays, Bible stories, and juvenile fiction.
Material in the Library is organized by a professional librarian who helps assure a pleasant atmosphere conducive to reading and learning for browsers, readers, and borrowers.

The Library is accredited with the Synagogue, School and Community Centers Division of the Association of Jewish Libraries. It is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; on Friday from 9 a.m. – noon; and on Shabbat from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Coming soon-the ability to search the Library’s contents on-line and reserve books.

For assistance or additional information, contact our librarian at librarian@cbsteaneck.org.

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Congregation Beth Sholom
354 Maitland Ave.,
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Tel 201-833-2620

© Congregation Beth Sholom
Website by Agile Digital Solutions, LLC