Every study that has been done about Jewish identity development demonstrates that intensive Jewish experiences such as summer camps, youth groups, and Israel are critical factors that determine a young person's Jewish commitment and identity. Religious school must be supplemented by some combination of these other experiences to reinforce and strengthen what your child gains from our school program.
There are many additional opportunities available to your child, both within and beyond Beth Elohim. Many of these programs are popular and in demand. Many local Jewish summer camps, for example, fill up in December or January. Students are encouraged to attend:
The Prozdor High School for Jewish studies in Newton
Jewish summer camps
Summer leadership programs through BBYO
Panim el Panim (Face to Face), a program of the Washington Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values
A wide array of Israel experiences, including summer trips and academic programs such as the MUSS semester in Israel for high school students.
We have an active chapter of BBYO that is active in regional and national events, for grades 8 and above.