Jewish education and the development of Jewish identity are a lifelong process. Congregation Emeth therefore provides programs for members from fivve years old and on. We also encourage our students to participate in summer camps, day camps, and camp weekends. These programs provide opportunities for the students to experience a wholly Jewish environment and schedule.
Download Youth Education Registration Forms (PDF) - 2016-2017 packet is now available for download.
Download Emet Dor Kef Registration Forms (PDF) - 2016-2017 packet is now available for download
Registration is due August 22, 2016. To submit your registration packet for the 2016-2017 year, please:
- Download the appropriate education packet (follow above links)
- Complete the packet online, on your computer
- Save the completed packet on your computer
- (or alternatively mail to Congregation Emeth / 17835 Monterey Road / MH 95037 / Attn: Education Committee)
BEIT SEFER (HOUSE OF THE BOOK)
Programming for students from Kindergarten through Bar & Bat Mitzvah
Jewish Studies - Children from Kindergarten through grade 2 learn the basics of Judaism. Youngsters in grade 3 through bar/bat mitzvah learn skills for participating in a Jewish community.
Hebrew Studies - Youngsters obtain the tools to be active practitioners of Judaism and learn sufficient skills to master prayerbook Hebrew.
"Shabbat Short 'n Sweet" Services - Held twice a month on Fridays, these Erev Shabbat services are also part of the Beit Sefer program for students in grade 3 through bar/bat mitzvah. Students participate in leading the service, and Rabbi Israel engages all participants—adults and children—in learning the meaning of the prayers and the Torah reading of the week. A sweet oneg follows each "Shabbat Short 'n Sweet" service.
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Instruction - The year before bar/bat mitzvah, students enrolled in Emeth's Beit Sefer receive instruction specifically geared to becoming bar/bat mitzvah. This includes increasing their prayer base, strengthening their ability to lead a Shabbat morning service, and finding their place in the larger community.
Emet Dor Kef (The Fun Generation) is our teen youth group - Students in grades 8–12 meet three times a month to learn Jewish ethics and values. They also have opportunities to socialize with one another and the Rabbi and periodically with teens from other temples.
Madrichim (Student Teachers) - Following bar/bat mitzvah, our students have the opportunity to become part of the education staff as student teachers, gaining new responsibility and acting as role models for the younger students.
Confirmation - Youth enrolled in Emet Dor Kef at the end of grade 10, 11, or 12 may participate in a confirmation ceremony after a program of study with Rabbi Israel.
Adults deepen their understanding of and involvement with Judaism. Programming varies from year to year. Examples include:
- "Emeth Reads" book group
- Adult Bar & Bat Mitzvah instruction
- Mussar - an ancient Jewish approach to personal growth through ethical study
- Beginning Hebrew
- An Introduction to Yiddish
- Annual "Scholar in Residence" program
- Annual group outing to the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival
Other adult programming that has been offered in the past and will be offered in the future, depending on interest, includes:
- Torah study
- Special interest lectures or seminars
Jewish resources appropriate for all ages abound in Emeth's library, adjacent to the sanctuary.