Kavod | Congregation Beth Am




KAVOD means "respect". KAVOD is a core value of our people. This document describes some of the ways we demonstrate kavod for this place and this community. Please read this carefully before signing and sending in your registration materials.


KAVOD FOR SELF - We expect every person to demonstrate self-respect.

SAFETY FIRST - One of the ways we demonstrate self-respect is by caring for our bodies. No tree climbing, rock throwing, or building climbing are allowed at any time at Beth Am. No sitting on tables, no standing on chairs, and no rocking back on two legs or one leg of a chair are allowed at any time. Ball playing is only allowed far away from windows. During meal times in the Social Hall, no running is allowed. We expect all drivers to drive slowly and carefully on the Beth Am campus. Please remember: There are children learning and playing on this campus every day of the week. We need your help to keep everyone safe.

KAVOD FOR OTHERS - We expect every person to demonstrate respect for others.

B’TZELEM ELOHIM - Each person is created in God's image. Therefore, we treat one another with kindness and honor. We reach out to help everyone feel at home and to offer any help we can give to others.

WORDS ARE POWERFUL. While each family's home may have different rules or expectations, please recognize that Beth Am is our community's home. We expect all members of this community to speak thoughtfully and respectfully.

KAVOD FOR PLACE - We expect every person to demonstrate respect for the Beth Am facility.

SACRED SPACE - Out of respect for our holy places, no eating or drinking is allowed in the sanctuary or the chapel at any time or during any religious service in any location.

SACRED OBLIGATIONS: We accept upon ourselves the obligations described below.


I have the privilege of learning about my Jewish heritage.

I have the responsibility to help myself and others to learn by attending class, arriving on time, doing my work, and following teachers' instructions.


I have the privilege of being treated with respect.

I have the responsibility to treat others with respect by being fair, by being kind, by not treating others the ways I don't want to be treated, and by respecting other people’s boundaries.


I have the privilege of participating in decision-making processes.

I have the responsibility to be involved by helping set standards in class, by abiding by class and program-wide standards, by thinking before I speak or act.


Arriving on time, attending classes, and leaving only when classes end are all ways we honor our Jewish tradition, our teachers, our fellow students, and our commitment to learn. We expect all students to strive to attend as much of each program as possible.

Another way we demonstrate kavod, is by informing program administrators if we are unable to attend class on a particular day. If a student must be tardy or absent, please contact the teacher or the Youth Education Office as soon as possible. If a student misses more than twenty percent of a program year, make-up work will be assigned. Make-up work can help a student learn the material, experience values, and reconnect with the community. Please consider how missing over twenty percent of a program year will affect a student's Jewish knowledge and comprehension as well as his or her eligibility for B'nei Mitzvah or confirmation. Please consider how difficult it is to maintain friendships or a personal connection to the community while away from a program. Without completing the make-up work and without attending at least eighty percent of any program, a student will jeopardize his or her progress in our educational programming. (Also, please see our B'nei Mitzvah Requirements.)


When problems arise, communication is our first, last, and most helpful tool. Teachers, parents, students, madrichim (teachers' assistants), and educators, working together and communicating openly will be able to confront challenges in a constructive way.

§ A teacher may send a student out of class if that student places other students in danger or if that student interferes with the teacher's ability to teach or any student's ability to learn in any way, at any time.

§ Since no student should be without proper supervision at any time, students sent from class will remain in earshot or visual contact of the classroom or wait in the Education Office. If a student spends a great deal of time out of the classroom, make-up work may be assigned.

§ Educators and teachers appreciate the help of parents. We might call you from Beth Am or from tiyulim (trips) if problems become on-going. We always appreciate your support and we may ask you to participate in problem-solving.

§ Beth Am recognizes that each student has a unique learning style and that all students think, hear, learn, and experience education or Judaism differently. Please contact us if you have suggestions about how best to communicate with your child. We are interested in your ideas and your experiences as well as your child's preferences.


80/20 Rule - All students are expected to attend AT LEAST 80% of class meetings. If your family cannot attend 80%, please meet with the director of the program as soon as you know so your student can make up the work he or she will miss. This rule also covers additional grade-level and class experiences. Please consider how missing over 20% of a school year will affect a student's Judaic or Hebrew knowledge and comprehension as well as his or her eligibility for B'nei Mitzvah or Confirmation.

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We strive to live as a holy community whose study and practice of Judaism inspires and challenges us to "do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God" (Micah 6:8).