The obligation to teach one's children is set forth in the first paragraph of the Sh'ma Yisrael and V’ahafta prayer: “Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day. Impress them upon your children. Recite them when you stay at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as sign on your hand and let them serve as a symbol on your forehead; inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and your gates.” (Deut 6:6-9)
But Albert Einstein did say it best when it comes to learning- lifelong learning Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”
We at Temple B’nai Shalom agree. Education does not start in a walled classroom and does not end with a cap and gown sometime later. Education- both Jewish and secular is a lifetime journey. We offer numerous choices to take that journey with us. From Hebrew and Judaica lessons for students in grades kindergarten through 10th grade; a Gesher l’Kesher program for our confirmation graduates — grades 11 and 12, to both young and more senior adult B’nai Mitzvah classes, there are always opportunities to learn.
We have an Adult Education program for those who, like Socrates, think learning is a well spent exercise:
“There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.” ? Michel de Montaigne
There is a way sometimes to describe how people feel about food. Food is so much a part of Jewish life, it belongs in any conversation. Some people live to eat, others eat to live. The same kind of analogy can be used for education as described by John Dewy:
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
We at Temple B’nai Shalom agree- so join us in this quest of knowledge.
Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.