The JHJC Center Bet Sefer school is for elementary school-age children. These classes are designed to prepare youngsters for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah and introduce them to Hebrew, Jewish history and culture, and Tikun Olam community service projects. Bet Sefer meets every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the JHJCC. Classes begin every September and continue throughout the academic year. Registration materials and the class schedule are available in August of each year.
Bet Sefer Fundraising and Tikun Olam
Each year, Bet Sefer students embark on a fundraising project to raise money and awareness for several local nonprofits. Currently the students raise money through the popular Mountain Chai Chanukah Gelt fundraiser. The students work with world famous chocolatier Oscar Ortega to make and sell fabulous hand-crafted chocolate coins dusted in gold. The entire project is managed by the students, including packaging the coins, marketing and selling. In 2013, the students sold more than $4,000 in gelt and the proceeds were divided among The Teton Botanical Gardens, Teton County Search & Rescue and the Bet Sefer School Fund. The students learn valuable lessons in Tikun Olam (Hebrew for “repairing the world”) and teamwork.
To coincide with the Chanukah Gelt Fundraiser kickoff, Bet Sefer students invite the Jackson Hole community to join them in an evening of Chanukah food (yes, latkes!), song and games. Check the calendar for this year’s Chanukah Awareness event and come down for some yummy latkes and chocolate gelt. All are welcome.
Bet Sefer Shabbat
In the spring, after the last week of Bet Sefer, students will lead JHJC Shabbat services in song and d’var Torah. Proud parents and Bet Sefer supporters attend this fun and inspiring Shabbat which showcases a year’s worth of Jewish learning by our children. Don’t miss it! Check the May calendar for details.
Bet Sefer Songs with Chazzan Judd