This week, we continue our exploration of our communal and individual identity through the study of the Reform Movement’s approach to Halakhah - Jewish law. More than the other movements, Reform has embraced change in our practice as a means of uncovering those parts of our faith that are eternal and universal. Rabbi Hesch Sommer leads our class as we explore both the triumphs and challenges that Reform faces in creating a sustaining Jewish approach to our modern world.
We conclude our exploration of our Jewish identity through the lens of Halakhah with a look at Conservative Judaism. Born of a reaction against aspects of the Reform movement, Conservative Judaism has sought a middle ground between tradition and change. Like all “middle movements,” it has faced challenges from either side. But does this approach provide a viable compromise that allows us to be both modern and authentically Jewish?
This series of Torah study sessions is designed to help us understand our own principles of Jewish identity - both as individuals and as a community - by examining that identity through the lens of Halakhah - Jewish law. How we respond to “the Jewish way of doing thing” defines the contours of how we think of ourselves and our faith. This week we look at Orthodoxy as it arose as a response to Jewish emancipation and the desire for assimilation into the larger culture.
Join our growing family!
Wallingford boasts a wonderful, recently renovated, 100+ yr.-old synagogue, where Jewish education and experiences have been a priority since its inception.
We are an eclectic and welcoming community that offers a Hebrew School taught by our Rabbi Alpert and 2 very experienced teachers. Classes are held Sunday mornings and Tuesday afternoons.
“I always have fun playing games while I’m learning Hebrew!” G.E.
Our small classes allow for individualized attention and Rabbi Alpert conducts bar/bat mitzvah preparation for those students ready to move forward as a Jewish adult.
“When I look back at my time in Hebrew school I have nothing but fond memories. I loved learning about Jewish culture and how it is different from our own. I also loved learning about the books of the Torah and their teachings.” Z.C. (recent Bar Mitzvah)
Parent involvement is not only welcome, it is encouraged, as it can reinforce your child's experiences.
“My daughter is learning about her Jewish heritage while creating her Jewish identity. She loves going to Hebrew School and I love having her be there!” L.E.
We have openings for your child to join us, to have fun, to make friends with other Jewish kids, and to learn. Come to our Open House and let you child participate with ours while you meet with Rabbi Alpert.
“I make fun crafts with my friends at Sunday School.” E.B.
HAVE A FEEL GOOD DAY OF FUN IN THE SUN!
• Full day pass
• Free parking
• ALL YOU CAN EAT lunch buffet from 12-12:30 pm under a sheltered pavilion
• Free refills on sodas all day •
$15 Park Admission Voucher ($40 value) so you can enjoy a second visit whenever you’d like!
All this for only $56/person!
Children age 3 and under are FREE and do not need a ticket.
Pay by check -
TICKET ORDER DEADLINE: JULY 13th
Tickets will be prepackaged and either mailed or e-mailed to you. Please make checks out to Beth Israel Synagogue and mail to:
Beth Israel Synagogue c/o Stephanie Magee, 45 Sophia Court, Meriden, CT 06450
Please include your First and last name, address, and how many tickets you'd like. Enclose a check made out to Beth Israel Synagogue for $56 per ticket.