Temple De Hirsch Sinai offers a variety of educational opportunities for members of all ages, cultivating life-long connections and relationships.
At Temple, education is about:
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom” (Proverbs 4:7)
At Temple we explore with our congregants what it means to be Jewish and how to be in the world. The key to knowing how to be in the world is to overlay knowledge (Da’at) with wisdom (Chochma). We want our learners to approach their daily lives by making wise choices based on Jewish learning and values. Our goal of helping people acquire wisdom is achieved by teaching learners to search for how to ask good questions, not merely to learn for the sake of answers.
Empowering the Individual
“Study is not the primary thing but action.” (Pirkei Avot 1:17)
Learning in the synagogue or classroom must be translated into action and changed behavior in the outside world. Temple education commits itself to teaching for the sake of personal empowerment. Empowerment occurs when we create programs that meet the needs of youth and adults at all ages and stages of life. By creating an environment where our learners are able to craft Jewish journeys of meaning and relevance, we ensure self-realized individuals. We want members to find a path for themselves through a variety of programs and to become lifelong learners who integrate Tikkun Olam (Social Action), community-building, and service with Jewish wisdom.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up”. (Ecclesiaties 4:9-10)
It is through acquiring wisdom and empowering the individual that Temple aims to create a Kehilah Kedosha (a sacred community) for our congregants. We seek to foster connections amongst our fellow congregants (Bein Adam le’Havero) and between congregants and Temple (Bein adam le’Makom). It is our aim to develop solutions that fit different micro-communities, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach to education.
And Making Life Meaningful
“Praised are you Adonai who distinguishes between mundane and holy” (Havdallah blessing)
Judaism teaches that God divides the world into two elements: chol (mundane) and kodesh (holy). However, it is not just God who makes things holy. We have the power to make our lives holy, to make our lives meaningful. Our ultimate goal is to make life meaningful through the acquisition of knowledge, empowerment of the individual, and cultivation of community.
This vision plays out through our programs, which serve all ages.