Learning Judaism

As part of our mission to create a Jewish spiritual home for our members and visitors, we offer a wide range of learning opportunities.

Our Religious School Program

A cornerstone of our congregation is our religious education offerings for our students. The religious school program includes weekly sessions on Sunday mornings for students from age five and up. The program is divided into three age groups:

  • Early learning class for students in kindergarten and first grade
  • Intermediary class for students in second through fourth grade
  • Pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah learning for students in fifth through seventh grade

Learn more about our Religious School.

Adult Education Programs

We offer a wide variety of Adult Education Programs aimed at inspiring spiritual growth, stimulating intellectual curiosity and providing lifelong learning. These programs include:

  • Introduction to Jewish Spirituality/Mussar
  • Lunch and Learn Program
  • A Taste of Judaism
  • Invited Speakers and Special Events

Rabbi Werner is available to speak with individuals and church, school and civic groups interested in learning more about Judaism.

The Rabbi can also speak with individuals interested in joining the Jewish faith and accepts conversion students on an individual basis.

Learning from One Another

Learn more about Judaism through contributions from our congregants.


Contact us for more information about our education programs.








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