VBI offers Hebrew school instruction from nursery school through Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
The school is tuition-free to children of synagogue members. Non-members pay a small fee.
There is a $50 fee, per child, for books and supplies.
All classes are taught on Sundays, 9:30A.M.-12:30 P.M.
The children in each section learn together and support one another. In this way, they learn to respect each other, to work through problems and challenges together, and to treat each other as they would like to be treated. While formal education is stressed, there is also time for arts and crafts and music. Since all children learn at different rates and respond to different approaches, each child is taught at his/her level with much individual attention. In addition to Hebrew language instruction, children are taught the traditions of the holidays, prayers, and Bible stories. All children enrolled in the Hebrew school are required to help lead services on the second Friday night of the month for the family service in the main sanctuary.
Nursery School & Kindergarten Class
We offer a 1 hour nursery/pre-K/Kindergarten program for children 3-6 years old. It is offered Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 conveniently at the same time as the Adult Education Class. All parents are welcome to attend the adult education class as well. The syllabus for this fall will be Jewish Theology; what we believe about God, good and evil, what being a "chosen" people really means, and many other interesting topics.
The children learning the song "Shabbat Shalom"
Sundays from 9:30am to 10:30am
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
At VBI, we believe that one of the primary functions of a synagogue is to be a house of learning, and Jewish education is a lifelong process.
Rabbi Goodman teaches our Adult Education class on Sundays. This class has open format covering Jewish History, Talmud, and Analytical Theology. No prior knowledge of these subjects is required for enrollment.
One Saturday per month (annouced during shabbat services)
12:45p - 2:00p in the library following the Kiddush Luncheon
Discuss topics regarding women's issues
VBI has a strong, active Sisterhood and a Men's Club program that offer various social activities throughout the year including quarterly Shabbat dinners, dances, raffles, gift bazaars, book clubs, barbeques, concerts and field trips. Over the years VBI's Sisterhood has won numerous awards from the Womens' League for Conservative Judaism and the Womens' Valley Alliance.