1545 Bushkill Street
Easton, PA 18042
Phone: (610) 258-5343
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Service Schedule

Thursday, 7:25 am
Minyan

Friday, 8:00 pm
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Saturday, 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Services

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Synagogue office is closed on Mondays and Fridays. Hours open: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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BAS Religious School welcomes all children ages 1-8th grade to enrolll in 2009-2010 program. Everyone is welcome.
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BAS Rabbi's Message

July, 2014

This past month, I began a year–long training course in learning differences in Jewish education. The program, run by an organization called Matan, focuses inclusion of all types of learners in Jewish settings, and focuses especially on special needs students. While the sessions focused on particular challenges students might face, the most important lesson I took away from the program is that all of us are unique and different as learners. The ways we engage, participate, retain information, and derive benefit from experiences are different for each of us. While obvious, this point has been deeply thought provoking for me.

As a synagogue, we provide very particular kinds of experiences. Our services tend to be frontal, in a foreign language, and—because of particular religious obligations—occasionally very long. These kinds of religious services are deeply meaningful to some people in our community. I would imagine, though, that there are an equal number of people for whom services are challenging. Perhaps sitting still for two hours is difficult. Maybe Hebrew is a barrier for others. Perhaps others find our seats uncomfortable, cannot hear our music or my remarks, or need special assistance coming into our building. As an institution, we need to be responsive to these needs.

A second thought that emerged—related to this— is the question of religious education. Right now, our religious school is geared towards preparing students for a particular kind of Bat Mitzvah or Bar Mitzvah--one where they perform large portions of the service in Hebrew. On the one hand, this shows great commitment, but I wonder if in today’s world, the ability to memorize a Torah portion is the best indication that someone is a mature Jewish adult. Today, we expect Jewish adults to participate in Jewish communal life, to make philanthropic choices that benefit the larger Jewish community, to forward the value of tikkun olam, and to engage with the larger concerns of Jews around the world. If a student left our religious school committed to these values, but could only read a small Torah portion, would she not be a valued member of our community? There is a need, I think, to reconsider what we are trying to achieve with the ceremony. That does not mean that our demands should be less rigorous, but it does mean that they might need to be redirected. What does it mean to be a Jewish adult? How can a child mark that transition in serious way? What do we expect of them now that they are full-fledged members of our community?

If we treat every child as special and unique--with unique talents and treasures to give to our community, we destigmatize learning difference. Instead, we learn to value each member of our community for their strengths, and what they bring to our communal table.

Best Wishes for a meaningful month,

Rabbi Stein