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SULAM (Educational Program)

In the fall of 2017, Beth El introduced a new approach to Jewish education, a result of two years of exploring current educational trends and listening to our children and families. With new leadership at the helm, SULAM Beth El takes a hands-on, minds-on, and hearts-on learning to a whole new level, challenging our children to Seek, Understand, Learn, Act, and Marvel as they engage in our Jewish tradition and the world around them.


A sulam in Hebrew is a ladder. In Genesis, we read about Jacob who, in a dream, sees angels ascending and descending a ladder. He wakes from the dream, realizes that God, too, was in that place, which he calls Beth El, the home of God. Our SULAM Beth El represents the ladder of learning where each child is encouraged to energetically ascend at his or her own pace.


How do SULAM Beth El children learn? Forget traditional classrooms with desks and blackboards. SULAM Beth El is centered in learning spaces where our children explore individually, in pairs and small groups. They think, discuss, challenge, and grow. They draw, they dance, they sing, they cook, always working toward a specific educational outcome.

SULAM Beth El is in the capable hands of Caryl Goldberg (center), Beth El member and now, our Education Director, and Limor Shefer (left), Hebrew Language Coordinator and educator extraordinaire. Rabbi Ilana Garber (right) joins the team as the Rabbinic Director of Lifelong Learning & Community Engagement.


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