Programs and Education
We keep kids busy as they prepare for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, but once that celebration is over, we welcome them into our iServe Program. iServe focuses on the Jewish concepts of G’milut Hasadim (deeds of loving kindness) and Tikun Olam (actions to repair the world). The goal of iServe is twofold: (1) to educate teens about the needs in their community; and (2) to give them the resources & the opportunity to go out and heal the world. Throughout the year, iServe teens will contemplate, plan and engage in various meaningful, hands-on community service projects that will strengthen their Jewish identity and reinforce their Jewish values.
Some highlights include: a challah bake for the food-insecure of Broward County; two beach clean-ups, bingo night with U.S. Veterans; a 6,000 lbs. food challenge for the Harvest Drive; and so much more! Service hours are available for iServe activities. iServe is open to all 8th-12th graders. At the end of 10th grade, iServe students are eligible for Confirmation, a meaningful to way to celebrate our teens commitment to Jewish life. All of our students who continue in our program through High School get to take part in our High School Graduation Service.
In addition to iServe, many of our teens remain connected to Ramat Shalom Beth Israel by volunteering as a teacher’s assistant in Hebrew School, working as a counselor in our Early Childhood Summer Camp, reading Torah for the High Holidays or helping out in the synagogue office.
At Ramat Shalom Beth Israel, lifelong learning is an important part of our community. The Rabbi’s weekly Torah Study is a big hit as are his mid-week Adult Education Classes. Visiting scholars, retreats, meditation, Hebrew classes and our Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program are also integral part of Adult Life at Ramat Shalom.
Whether it be our an family adventure to Israel, a cruise to Cuba, a community service to New Orleans, Ramat Shalom Beth Israel often travels to amazing places where we learn and grow together. Stay tuned for our next trip!
At Ramat Shalom Beth Israel, we believe that each of us has a responsibility to engage in Tikun Olam, healing the world. This is why we partner with various social service agencies that are making a difference in our local community. On a regular basis, Ramat Shalomniks volunteer to feed the hungry, house the homeless, shelter abused animals, clean our beaches and bring smiles to children who have lost everything. Within our community, many are involved in our Mitzvah Committee which makes certain that our families are embraced during the highs and lows of life.
Whether it be for Shabbat or the holidays, services at Ramat Shalom Beth Israel, we are always an engaging, musical, spiritual experience. Learn more here.