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Education

Temple Ahavat Shalom provides a lifetime of learning which is essential for personal and spiritual growth. We have an active adult and youth education program to include:

Weaner Religious School

Jewish tradition teaches, “One who increases Torah, increases life”. At Temple Ahavat Shalom, bringing the teachings of Torah to life is our goal. We are committed to working with each child to help enhance his/her pride and joy in being Jewish, a commitment to humanity expressed through the values of Judaism and a special bond with the Jewish people and the state of Israel. We do this by utilizing a progressive and substantive curriculum and an approach to each student that enables our students to flourish no matter their Jewish educational background or learning style.

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Adult Education

Temple Ahavat Shalom Adult Education enhances Jewish identity by offering a variety of learning opportunities taught by Rabbi Matt Berger and a number of other teachers. These programs are designed to appeal to the changing cognitive and spiritual needs of the adult population.

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Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is an important step in the spiritual growth of a young Jewish person. The words, “Bar” or “Bat” Mitzvah mean – son or daughter of the Commandment. We hope that in learning Jewish prayers, customs, history, and teachings, our children will come to identify Jewish values as a source of guidance and ennoblement in their lives.

At Temple Ahavat Shalom becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is one part of the continuum of Jewish learning. The purposes of this life cycle event are to enhance the child’s self-esteem and to help nurture an identification with his or her Jewish community. Family participation is vital to the success of these endeavors.

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Confirmation (8th & 9th Grade)

Confirmation is an important lifecycle event for Jewish teens that is tied to the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. It originated in the Reform Movement. Here at Temple Ahavat Shalom, our confirmation year takes place during ninth grade. In the years following Bar/Bat Mitzvah, students explore important ethical issues from a Jewish perspective and learn how Judaism approaches values and traditions, meeting weekly with Rabbi Matt.

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Post Confirmation Senior Study (10th, 11th & 12th Grade)

This class meets once a month under the leadership of Rabbi Matt Berger. The course includes discussions on various areas of social action, current events and issues that are challenging to our high school students.

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