Sponsored: Bnai Keshet Synagogue Finds Ways to Keep Covid-Safe, Restarts Select Gatherings for Families, Newcomers

New to the area? Looking for Jewish education that is community-based, relevant and engaging?

Is your child ready to start religious school but got sidetracked last March by the pandemic?

Bnai Keshet invites prospective young families to these upcoming activities:

How to Prepare for Passover
Saturday, March 20th, 1:00-3:45 p.m.
Young families with children ages 3 to 9 will learn how to get ready for Passover https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4faeaf2ba31-passover

Backyard Social for Prospective Families
Saturday April 24th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Get to know other young families in an outdoor setting. Attendees will experience the synagogue’s caring community, meet the rabbi and learn about our religious school program in a member’s backyard.

Drag Queen Story Hour
Sunday, June 13th, 10:30am – noon

Come learn about the synagogue’s diverse and caring community with its lively mix of tradition and innovation, dynamic virtual programming and emphasis on Jewish learning and social justice. It integrates education into all aspects of life for everyone, Pre-K through 8th grade, teens and adults. Children build lasting relationships with older congregants by participating in communal celebrations, engaging in social action and becoming immersed in Hebrew and Jewish life.

Bet Midrash at Bnai Keshet is built around a child’s interests and each family’s priorities for children age 3 through 8th grade. Texts come alive in action and life experience as children are encouraged to live out the saying “There are 70 faces to Torah.” Rooted in Jewish learning and living, friendships span grades and towns.

Hebrew learning is customized for each student; classes are based on proficiency, not grade level. Each student can take six electives per school year covering a wide range of topics from Story Telling (texts of the Sages, great Jewish writers), to Jews and Nature (nature-based spiritual practices, gardening, composting) to Sibling Rivalry (Biblical stories, personal stories, role play).

Bnai Keshet During COVID


When Covid-19 hit last March, Bnai Keshet never shut down. It went fully virtual, guided by a working group of community lay leaders and medical experts who developed common sense rules for gatherings, including use of masks and hand sanitizer, limits on size, distancing requirements and recording attendance.

By the time winter set in, Bnai Keshet had held socially distanced classes in an outdoor Bet Midrash, bnai mitzvah, Sukkot events, shofar blowing, meditation, Chanukah lighting, livestreamed programs, guest speakers, community prayer, socializing and study for those at home. Congregants and leaders forged a vibrant, in-person and remote learning hybrid that’s keeping families engaged.

About Bnai Keshet
Serving Montclair and the greater Essex area, Bnai Keshet (www.bnaikeshet.org/virtual) is affiliated with Reconstructing Judaism, an egalitarian movement that views traditional ritual from a contemporary American perspective. Rabbinic staff includes Senior Rabbi Elliott Tepperman and Associate Rabbi Ariann Weitzman, Director of Congregational Learning.

Bnai Keshet 99 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair; 973.746.4889. To learn more, visit our website. For information about learning, email Rabbi Ariann Weitzman at: rabbiariann@bnaikeshet.org

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