Congregation Beth Adam…History, Tradition, and Culture

Congregation Beth Adam…History, Tradition, and Culture

Congregation Beth Adam is celebrating its 25th year in fostering a strong Jewish identity as well as promoting a humanistic philosophy of life. Congregants celebrate Jewish holidays, learn bible stories, study Israel, participate in Friday night Shabbat celebrations and connect with the Jewish community. Members include families from surrounding areas including Parkland, Coral Springs, Boca Raton, and Delray Beach.

Students in the Children’s Education Program learn how to read and speak conversational Hebrew, learn holiday songs and are introduced to Yiddish, Klezmer, and Ladino music. They are encouraged to recognize their ability to effect change, as well as develop a clear understanding of personal values, ethics, and responsibility. The curriculum teaches Jewish culture; including history, holidays, and social action. Teachers promote critical thinking skills; integrating science, logic, and reasoning in a modern, nontheistic manner and to always respect others.

The Children’s Education Program provides a foundation for students grades K – Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Students learn about humanistic and traditional Jewish history, culture, and traditions. “We joined Congregation Beth Adam two years ago primarily for our son, Adam,” says Parkland resident Neil Bass. “We were looking for a smaller environment. It’s been a really great experience for him, my wife and myself.” Adam, 10, will be celebrating his Bar Mitzvah in three years. The popular Sunday School at Beth Adam holds classes just two Sundays a month from 10AM-Noon. Students prepare for and celebrate Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and then have the opportunity to continue their Jewish education in the Post Mitzvah Youth Group.

Member Nitzan Mosery says, “I like the fact that Congregation Beth Adam emphasizes the traditional and historical side of Judaism; focusing on the humanism aspect.” As he and his wife, Agata, are from different faith backgrounds, Nitzan says, “For us, it was not so much about religion, but about tradition, connection, family, and culture.” The Mosery family has been very pleased with the friends they’ve met through the congregation, and they are especially fond of the education program. Their two daughters, 11 and 13, have been enjoying the Sunday school for two years as they prepare for their Bat Mitzvahs.

B.J. Saul is the Director of Congregation Beth Adam’s Children Education Program. She is a certified ordained ceremonial leader and a member of CBA’s Board of Directors. The objectives of the school include:

• To develop a broad Humanistic Jewish religious philosophy
• To develop a clear Jewish identity
• To develop critical thinking skills
• To develop Jewish cultural literacy
• To provide opportunities to participate in activities such as holiday celebrations.
• To connect with Israel and the Jewish diaspora.
• To teach mitzvot by participating in community service programs.

Families are encouraged to attend the next
Open House Sunday School event
on Sunday, August 18

Class: 9:00 AM- 12 noon
9:00AM- Family Open-House
10 AM Class: Your first class is Free

Location: Olympic Heights Community High School, 20101 Lyons Rd, Boca Raton.
RSVP to: [email protected]

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