Our children are our future and Congregation Beth El wants to rear our youth to be passionate and thoughtful stewards of our heritage. Children are welcomed at all congregational functions and are encouraged to participate in an age-appropriate manner in Shabbat and holiday observance and in community gatherings.
We run monthly Little League Shabbat service at which our preschool and elementary aged kids are given a chance to explore difference facets of Jewish life and worship through songs, stories, Shabbat-friendly activities and games.
We also work with PJ Library to create holiday-centered programming for our youngest learners and with the local BBYO chapter to involve our teens in synagogue life.
We maintain a close relationship with the Solomon Schechter Academy of New London, where Beth El's rabbi serves as an instructor and rabbinic advisor, and our synagogue hosts Schechter programs throughout the year.
For families who prefer a supplementary school to a Jewish day-school, we offer the option of enrolling your children in the Sunday School based at Temple Emanu-El, where Beth El students participate in one-on-one and seminar-style classes with Rabbi Safman in addition to the standard coursework.
Young people preparing for their bar or bat mitzvah work with the rabbi or with our Ba'alat Tefillah, Diane Maran, on an individualized basis to prepare for their special day and to take on the expanded role in communal Jewish life that is expected of them following completion of their bar or bat mitzvah ceremony.
Finally, Beth El youth participate in the regional Hebrew High School run by the local Federation and in the Federation's non-denominational Bnai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO) programming.