Younger families are the future lifeblood of TBT, and synagogues everywhere. Parents with their children, from newborns through teenagers, energize our congregation, offer fresh perspectives and broaden our outlook. Not to mention that temple members delight in babies cooing at services, little ones playing at holiday events, and teenagers doing good for themselves and their community.
Family Holiday Celebrations
At TBT, our Jewish holiday gatherings are casual, creative, and family-friendly! Your kids will love taking part in our impromptu Passover play, complete with costumes, scenery and the parting of the Red Sea. Maybe they’ll find the afikomen and win an ice-cream date with Rabbi Hershenson! At our Shevlin Park summer Shabbat picnic, they’ll chase new friends through the woods, and at our Pioneer Park Tashlich on Rosh Hashanah, they might build a boat out of sticks and float it down the river. Our Hanukkah latke-fests are a big draw for all ages and a wonderful opportunity to meet our families. Join us!
Are you a parent of at least one child six years or younger? If so, come join us for our monthly Tot Shabbats that parents take turns hosting. It’s lovely to gather in a cozy home where adults and children mix and mingle, talk and play, creating even stronger friendships. We gather together to celebrate Shabbat, our children, and the amazing community of Jewish families in Central Oregon. We share our personal traditions, learn new traditions, laugh, tell stories, sing and get to know one another. It's a potluck so we always eat amazing food from home baked challah to lasagna to vegetable stews.
Community Religious Education Program:
Temple Beth Tikvah, in cooperation with Shalom Bayit, offers a Community Religious Education program for the Jewish children of Central Oregon. We are a coalition of parents and teachers aligned to provide a rich and transformative Jewish and Hebrew education for the children in our congregations.
For more information on our Religious Education
Religious School: Kindergarten - First Grade
Oh, how our little ones enjoy their Sunday mornings at Religious School. They adore their teacher, Mimi Feldman, who is warm, enthusiastic and so much fun! And they love the time they spend with each other. (Sunday School friends also make excellent birthday guests.)
The children sing, listen to stories, learn about the Jewish holidays, and take a pretend trip to Israel, “flying” in their chairs lined up like seats on an airplane and visiting many sites of interest on the map. They perform “acts of loving kindness,” or in Hebrew, gemilut chasadim, introducing them to Jewish values and the concept of social justice known as tikkun olam – “repairing the world.” They get their hands dirty planting vegetables, doing Judaic craft projects, cooking potato latkes or making hummus. Happy children are attending our Community Religious School held at Shalom Bayit, 21555 Modoc Lane, Bend 97702.
Religious School: Second through Seventh Grades
Children in the upper grades study lessons from the Torah and discuss how these lessons translate into their daily lives. They practice prayer, focusing on meaning to strengthen their connection to the Jewish people and to Israel. They explore our Jewish history and the rituals and traditions of the holidays. As young Jews, they are encouraged to perform daily acts of gemilut chasadim to make the world a better place.
In Hebrew School (generally a four-year program), students learn to read Hebrew and appreciate its importance as a “Holy Language” that, although dating back to ancient times, continues to connect Jewish people around the world. The curriculum incorporates a variety of teaching methods and materials, with a focus on basic reading, comprehension and writing; providing essential preparation for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Teen Youth Groups
In the small communities of Central Oregon, it is vitally important to expose our youth to a larger circle of Jewish peers. All Central Oregon middle and high schoolers, regardless of temple affiliation, are welcome to join our local BBYO chapter (grades 9 – 12), associated with the national organization, and our own Central Oregon Jewish Youth (COJY) for grades 6 – 8. These two groups provide opportunities for our young people to interact with Jewish kids locally, in Portland and other cities. While they may be a small minority here, we want our kids to benefit from seeing vibrant Jewish communities in the region and across the country.
For more information on our Youth Groups
Other Family Program Opportunities