A Jewish education is a lifelong process that forms our identity and beliefs, deepens our knowledge, connects us to fellow congregants and other Jews, and empowers us to live Jewish lives.
A Jewish folk tale tells of a Rabbi and a soap maker who were walking together when the soap maker challenged the Rabbi to explain the usefulness of Judaism when there is so much wickedness in the world. The Rabbi turns the challenge back to the soap-maker asking him what good is soap when there is so much dirt in the world? The soap maker responds indignantly that soap has to be used to be of value and the Rabbi agrees that this is true of Judaism as well.
At Congregation Gates of Heaven, Jewish education is used.
Jewish education takes place in our children’s classrooms on Sunday mornings, in our Family Worship Services on Friday evenings, in our Hebrew classes for children and adults, in our Social Action projects, and in our homes with our family and friends.
- Sunday morning Religious School includes nursery-grade 7, in a program designed to create Jewish memories and caring friendships as well as learning about Torah, holidays, history, and Jewish values.
- Hebrew classes teach prayer and conversational Hebrew for grades 4-7. Classes are on Wednesday afternoon or early Sunday morning at the temple and on Tuesday afternoons at our satellite school in Clifton Park.
- Our high school program, Kolel, includes communal dinner and Wednesday night or Saturday morning classes, celebrating Confirmation in grade 10 and continuing on in Leadership classes as juniors and seniors. Many teens continue as classroom aides.
- Classes for adults take many forms including ongoing Hebrew instruction, weekly drop-in classes, workshops, and adult b’nai mitzvah programs.
- Bus trips for families to significant Jewish sites take our classes outside the walls!