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Chavaya & Ulpan

Remember going to Hebrew School and not knowing how to speak anything beyond your memorized Torah portion, or giving up soccer practice on Saturdays and coming away not really appreciating anything about Jewish culture?

Temple Beth Tikvah offers a completely unique approach to change the vision of what Jewish religious education should look like in Orange County. Our program is known as Chavaya which means experience. From Preschool through 12th Grade children will be immersed in:

  • Learning and Living Jewish Values
  • Hebrew through Culture and Conversation
  • Weekend Shabbatons
  • B’nai Mitzvah with Meaning
  • NFTY Teen Leadership Engagement

TBT believes that the synagogue is an extension of the family. Together, with your children and grandchildren, you will engage in Shabbat, festivals, community, and Torah in a whole new way. Renew your own Jewish connection as your children learn to appreciate their unique heritage.

Click here to view the Youth Education Calendar


Want more time in the afternoon? Let us entertain your K-2nd grader on weekday afternoons throughout the year.

Gesher, meaning “Bridge” in Hebrew meets Monday – Friday from 1 pm (or pick up from school)until 6 pm.

We pick up children in the area (within a 5-mile radius of TBT) and provide them with a safe environment with high-quality Jewish and Hebrew education and enrichment classes such as martial arts, cooking and arts & crafts.

Through a warm and engaging atmosphere, children learn about our relationship with G-d and through acts of loving-kindness, begin to learn the aleph-bet, get homework help and stay connected to their Temple community.

Gesher emphasizes Jewish values. In our secular society, it is often difficult to distinguish the many mitzvot which make us unique as a people. Gesher allows you, as a parent, to engage your children in these values, while also taking more time for yourself.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah & Teen Education

Bar & Bat Mitzvah at TBT

Bar and Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth Tikvah is an opportunity for children and families to connect to a wide spectrum of Jewish experiences, to live Jewish values as a community.

Mitzvah age symbolizes the time in which according to Jewish tradition children become formally partners in shaping our society. That’s why at TBT we are committed through meaningful activities to facilitate each child’s individual connection with Jewish tradition.

B’nai Mitzvah program at TBT spreads over an entire year full of exploring and learning. We will seek from the depths of our millenary culture for mindfulness, ethics, social justice, environmental awareness, tradition and innovation, etc.

Our Bar/Bat Mitzvah year is a nurturing environment in which children develop and strengthen their self-esteem and confidence, community awareness and a deep connection to their Jewish identity.

B’nai Mitzvah Program Highlights:

  • Experiential learning: values based activities
  • Beit Midrash: Torah learning, text-based discussion connected to action, values, and ethical exploration – recognizing various Jewish sources.
  • Exploring spirituality and prayer- Opening the Gates of Self Awareness.
  • 1 Overnight Family Shabbaton Experience.
  • 4 Shabbat Dinners – Bringing Judaism and Community to our homes.
  • Mitzvah Project: volunteering in an area of choice – Social – Environmental Awareness.
  • Torah Chanting – Joining the chain of a millenarian tradition.
  • D’var torah (sermon) preparation – Opening the gates of Public Speaking.



Confirmation at TBT

Multi-Age Confirmation Class (Post B’nai Mitzvah-12th grade)

Post B’nai Mitzvah & Confirmation- Teens at TBT learn about many social justice issues including homelessness, Israel, immigration, environment, and the Jewish perspective on these social issues. We learn how and why it is important as a Jew to advocate for these issues and even lobby Congress on an issue. This year’s students will have the opportunity to participate in a field trip to D.C. or Israel and bond together.

  • Once a Month NFTY Chavaya
  • Israel Interchange Program
  • Seminar L’taken in Washington DC Social Program
  • Special Activities/Shabbatonim (weekend retreats)

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. twice a month
Saturdays, once a month as calendared

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