The goal of our Beit Sefer is to prvide the Coachella Valley with a vibrant environment where students will learn about Jewish rituals, holidays, observances and liturgy through a creative curriculum led by experienced teachers. We incorporate appropriate art, music, dance and fun activities to allow our students to build Jewish friendships. We are a full-service educational program providing classes for K- 10th grade.
B’nai Mitzvah preparation and confirmation are taught by the Director of the school, Arava Talve. Arava, formerly the principal of the Avi Levine Religious School at Temple Sinai in Palm Desert, has been a Jewish educator for over 25 years and has led more than 500 youth and adult students on their journey to become Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Arava also teaches confirmation and, as the director of our school, is very excited about sharing the beauty of our Jewish tradition with our youth.
In addition, in order to give our students leadership opportunities, Arava facilitates a Learner’s Minyan for the final half our of class. Parents will join the students in prayer as they share their growing knowledge and participate with both Keva (chanting the prayers) and with Kavannah (what the prayers mean to them). Our school will also have a library program to facilitate intergenerational learning, special art projects and a music program focusing on Jewish folk songs and some new and creative tunes currently used in reform shuls around the country.
DOS Confirmation class
Reform rabbis believed that 13 is too young for a child to affirm a lifetime commitment to Jewish tradition and practice, and thus the Confirmation service was developed. It usually is held when young people reach 15 or16, and are considered more mature in their understanding of a truly Jewish lifestyle. Using this reasoning, it is easy to see why Confirmation initially took the place of bar or bat mitzvah in Reform synagogues. Over time, of course, that position was modified, and today many teens have the distinct honor of becoming both a bar or bat mitzvah and a confirmand.
Modern Confirmation echoes the symbolism of the ancient observance of Shavout: “Today…young people are the first fruits of each year’s harvest. They represent the hope and promise of tomorrow. During the service [they] reaffirm their commitment to the covenant.”
The course of study includes, the Book of Ruth, the Ten Commandments, Mussar (a Jewish study that promotes balance in one’s life) and continued exploration of their growing Jewish Identity. DOS Confirmation class meets on Saturdays from noon to 1:15 pm beginning October 8th at the Unitarian Church in Rancho Mirage. Because of a scheduling conflict, four classes will be remote learning on Zoom.
If you have any questions about the Beit Sefer program or Confirmation Class, please contact Arava (909-560-3313).