Learning

Our synagogue offers educational programs for all age groups.  Our Committee on Adult and Family Education (CAFE) , Religious School, Ritual Committee, and Youth Committee all participate in coordinating educational programs for our Congregation.

For adults, we have many pathways for learning — both formal and informal.  We offer a robust selection of regular classes on topics including Jewish mysticism, meditation, Torah, and synagogue skills (chanting Torah and Haftarah and leading services). The rabbi leads a Torah study on the week’s parashah each Shabbat morning before services. Kol Ami invites established scholars from around the world to share their expertise in settings that include evening or Sunday morning lectures and our annual Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat.

Our religious school, Kol Yeladim, strives to work in partnership with the family and the synagogue community to provide the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed for Jewish living.  Students are encouraged, with teacher guidance, through experiential opportunities.

The religious school program is departmentalized with classes in Holidays, Torah, Life Cycle Events, Israel, Values, Hebrew Language, and T’fillot (prayers).  Students in grades K-2 attend on Sundays only, and students in grades 3-7 attend two times per week (Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoons).

Our Bar and Bat Mitzvah students are trained to lead services and chant from the Torah and Haftarah by Hazzan Sered-Lever.  Rabbi Judd works with every B’nai Mitzvah student to prepare a D’var Torah regarding his/her assigned Parsha.

Rabbi Judd teaches and directs the Confirmation Program for students in the tenth grade.