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Contact me. I want to learn more about the Temple Beth David community.
Is this a place I can find connections for myself and my family? 

Yes. Temple Beth David welcomes all families, singles and couples; mature and young, LGBTQ Jews, interfaith couples, Jews by choice, and those seeking to learn more about Judaism. We offer a wide range of services, holiday celebrations, educational, spiritual and social opportunities that appeal to a variety of interests.

We believe that there are multiple pathways into Jewish life. As a Reform congregation, we are affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. Our congregation promotes inclusiveness while experiencing all aspects of Jewish life.

We extend a warm invitation to join us on Shabbat or to attend a class or program.

Are interfaith families welcome?

Interfaith families are most definitely welcome in the Temple Beth David community. Our members come from diverse backgrounds. Approximately one third of our congregation has a partner who is not Jewish. Our services contain a balance of Hebrew and English and our prayer books have transliteration of the Hebrew so that all can follow along.

We are honored to support interfaith parents who are raising Jewish children.

What towns do members come from?

Temple Beth David draws from many communities in the Boston area. Membership comes from Medfield and Westwood, as well as Dedham, Dover, Foxboro, Franklin, Natick, Newton, Norwood, Sharon, Sherborn, and Walpole among others.

When is Religious School?

Shorashim Religious School welcomes all children and their families into our community. The schedule depends on the age of your child.

Please see our updated programming for 2020/2021: Kindergarten through 6th grade and Grades 7 through 12.

Our Jewish education program begins on Sunday mornings (9:30-11:30 am), when our Kindergarten through 6th grade students enter the sanctuary along with their families for communal prayer and song, followed by Judaic classes and experiences.

Grades 3-6 also participate in a weekly one-hour small group Hebrew class on either Tuesday OR Wednesday afternoon. We also offer a Hebrew tutoring option for students with special learning needs.

Grades 7 through 12 meet Wednesday evenings for a shared dinner and elective classes, as well as some Sunday programming options.

We also offer opportunities for families with young children such as Mazel Tots, Tot Shabbat, PJ Havdalah, play dates in the park, and other holiday celebrations.

What will my children learn?

The educational program at Temple Beth David engages students in the study of Torah, holidays, Jewish culture and values, history, prayer and Hebrew, and aims to foster a strong positive Jewish identity in our students. Education for all students emphasizes community involvement with a variety of field trips. The curriculum promotes the value of tikkun olam, repair of the world, through participation in mitzvah projects and other social service programs.

Classroom learning is enhanced with music and art, holiday celebrations, participation in family-friendly Shabbat services, retreats and other social gatherings. Our program fosters lasting Jewish memories and encourages life-long learning.

Are there accommodations for children with special learning needs? 

We believe that all children should have the opportunity for meaningful Jewish learning. If your child has special learning needs, speak with the rabbis. We will do our best to help your child feel comfortable and provide a supportive learning environment.

How flexible is your school schedule as my kids are active in sports?

Attending Religious School is a commitment the family makes. We encourage parent participation. Consistent study is important especially as students prepare to become Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

We also understand that families are busy. Our program now offers a choice of weekdays. We will make every effort to accommodate your scheduling needs. We welcome your participation whenever you are able to be present.

What ways can teens be involved?

Teens in grades 7 and up enter our Double Chai program, where they enjoy dinner together, study with the rabbis, guest teachers, and their peers, and chart their own flexible path of learning with various electives. Teens can also serve as madrichim, teaching aides, for younger students. There is an active high school youth group, NAWDTY, and opportunities for teens to socialize together and connect with other regional youth groups. Contact Rabbi Micah Citrin for more information. 

My children are grown. What does Temple Beth David offer me?

Temple Beth David offers community, connection and education for adults as well as children and families. We come together through music, prayer, celebration and quiet reflection in a warm and supportive setting. We celebrate moments of joy together and comfort one another in times of grief.

There are many ways to be connected, through Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Social Action programs and lay- and clergy-led education programs.

What are Co-Rabbis and Co-Educators?

Rabbi Karen and Rabbi Micah Citrin share the positions of (full time) Rabbi and (part time) Educator and also guide the musical vision of our community. They are accustomed to sharing rabbi and educator duties, having worked together in congregations in San Mateo, CA and Tulsa, OK. With fourteen and twelve years of experience respectively each with a Masters in Jewish Education, they provide a unique and integrated approach to leading our congregation.

Can I afford to join the Temple?

All are welcome. Temple Beth David does not want cost to be a limiting factor in your decision to join the Temple. If you are interested in joining and are concerned about the cost, please contact the Temple President. We would be happy to speak with you. We offer an introductory program for families with children entering grades K-2.

We encourage membership for all – young adults, empty nesters, senior citizens, and everyone in between.

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