Learning | Congregation Beth Am




Lifelong learning is an essential Jewish value, and Beth Am has educational opportunities for every age, from babies through adulthood. Clergy, educators, staff, Beth Am members and invited scholars from around the world teach, inspire and challenge us. Learning happens in nature, in homes, at top-quality lectures and presentations, over lunch, through the arts and in classrooms with our dedicated teachers.

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Youth Education programs are innovative and always adapting to new ideas. We are proud to be part of Re-Imagine, a national project of the Experiment in Congregational Education that is helping us phase out religious school as we’ve known it and move Jewish education out of the classroom. In 2013-14, we are thrilled to be piloting Camp Beth Am and Connections, two new major programs that are already involving hundreds of students and parents. We are also very pleased to host T'enna at Beth Am, which is part of the T'enna Preschool at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.

Beth Am members are learners for life! Study over lunch and over bagels. Study in pairs, groups and small classes. Study on walks, runs or hikes - come and learn!

Every Thursday, come study selections from the Babylonian Talmud (the central text of Rabbinic Judaism) and other rabbinic sources with Beth Am clergy. Our focus is on strategies for applying these teachings to our own lives. No prior Talmud experience is necessary. Feel free to bring a lunch. This warm and welcoming class is designed to allow participants to drop in and study whenever they can.
Every Thursday afternoon, explore Jewish beliefs ranging from traditional to modern about the meaning of our lives and our world. The class is participatory. All students are encouraged to express their beliefs. The class is designed to allow participants to drop in and study whenever they can.
Registration for Other Youth Education Programs Coming this Spring — Attention parents of current 4th-7th grade students! Signup deadline for Camp Beth Am is Friday, May 5.
Come in and check out a few books to help your child prepare for this special holiday.
Youth Education registration is open for the 2017-18 program year! Signup for Camp Beth Am by May 5; all other programs by June 16. Check out new programming being offered this year!
Sponsored by the Ernst Guthaner Fund for Cultural and Educational Programming — Dr. Dubnov's lecture is entitled Between Zionism, Liberalism and Diaspora: The Case of Isaiah Berlin and Its Relevance to Contemporary Dilemmas. Sign up is required for the reception by April 30.
A Special Event for High School Juniors, Seniors and Their Parents — All high school students who are preparing to head off to college are invited to an important discussion about how Judaism and Israel fit into their lives on campus. We will be joined by Karen Stiller who will discuss the charged climate around Israel on campus today, help students feel better grounded in their knowledge about Israel, and offer productive strategies for talking about Israel with fellow students. RSVP to Rabbi Heath Watenmaker.
Congregation Beth Am
  • 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
  • (650) 493-4661 Contact Us

We strive to live as a holy community whose study and practice of Judaism inspires and challenges us to "do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God" (Micah 6:8).