YOUTH EDUCATION — THE SPINOZA* PROGRAM

Our youth education is called the Spinoza* Program and it provides our young people with a positive and enriching Jewish cultural educational experience that will empower them to make choices about how to incorporate Jewish culture and heritage into their own lives, supplying them with the tools to make informed decisions about their Jewish identities. We also place an important emphasis on helping the children learn about Humanistic values within a framework where questions, challenges, and critical thinking are welcomed and encouraged!

 

Our program is hands-on fun from the moment we begin each Sunday morning with bagels and a musical assembly for the whole family. This is followed by an hour in which children participate in an hour of exploration of a variety of topics (click the button below for the full brochure and list of topics.

 

Our program exposes children to such topics as:

 

  • The Jewish Family, Home, and Symbols

  • The Jewish Take on Human Values

  • Jewish Storytelling

  • Secular Jewish Culture in the Arts, Sciences, and Popular Culture

  • Jewish Geography & Experiences Around the World

  • The American Jewish Experience

  • Humanism and Humanistic Judaism

  • Jewish Literature

  • The European and Spanish Jewish Experience

  • Ancient Israelites & Jews—A Fact and Fiction

  • Comparative Judaisms

 

Our school encourages students to embrace their Jewish heritage on their own terms through educational experiences that are engaging, enjoyable and fun!

 

Children may enroll in the program as early as pre-school and continue through seventh grade. Those in 8th grade and up, are invited to participate in Rabbi Falick's Post-B'nei Mitzvah Class. This class is always free to our members!

GIVE YOUR CHILD A HUMANISTIC
JEWISH EDUCATION!

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 248.477.1410 OR

*Baruch “Benedict” Spinoza (1632-1677) is considered by many to be the first modern Jew. During his short life, his fame as a philosopher would grow to worldwide proportions. However, Spinoza’s beginnings were in the modest Portuguese Jewish community of Amsterdam, made up of the descendants of Jewish refugees exiled from their homes. 

 

Though raised to be a traditional Jewish scholar, as a young man Spinoza began to ask “dangerous” questions about Jewish teachings. He proposed that humans had written the Bible and that Jewish law and religion were created by people. Soon his community began to view his ideas as dangerous and they denounced him as a heretic. As a result, he was excommunicated, forced to leave behind everyone he knew and loved. Today the entire world remembers him as one of the most important rationalists and free-thinkers in human history. And that’s why we named our program after him!

BIRMINGHAM TEMPLE

CONGREGATION FOR HUMANISTIC JUDAISM

28611 W. Twelve Mile Road

Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334

248.477.1410 / Office Hours M&F, 9:30-2 & Tu-Th, 10-3

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