Family Education







PARENT/TODDLER HAVURAH: for families with children ages 2-5)
Sundays @ 9:45 a.m. October 29, November 19, December 10, January 28, February 25, March 25, April 15
A once-a-month opportunity to experience Jewish life and learning in a fun-filled, active session.  Led by Maria Simon, families will engage in songs, stories, crafts, and other activities that will motivate and excite young children and their parents.  Holidays, celebrations, and Jewish stories are the foundation for the program.  This is a parent-participation activity, so please plan on at least one parent (or grandparent) staying with your child.  To sign up for sessions or for more information, contact the synagogue office at (317) 253-3441.  Sponsored by Beth-El Zedeck Sisterhood.


Sunday, October 22 @ 6:30 p.m.
Women have been gathering to celebrate the new month (Rosh Ḥodesh) with the glimmer of the new moon shining above since Biblical times.  Continue this traditional evening l’dor vador, from generation to generation, as mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and granddaughters join together with Cantor Melissa to discuss “The Struggles of Our Mamas.”  We will also begin a new Beth-El Zedeck family album project which will be ongoing.  Dessert will be served.  All women are welcome. Intended for ages 8 and older.

No I Won’t, and You Can’t Make Me! Effectively Handling Power Struggles (for children of all ages)
Thursday, November 2, 6:45—9:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Michelle Gambs Rohen, MA, LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor & Certified Parent Instructor)
Free.  Please bring a bottle of wine with a minimum value of $20 as a donation for our Early Childhood Fundraiser, Lollipalooza, which will be held on March 16, 2018.

Power struggles are the main misbehavior of childhood that travel with us into adulthood.  Each of us can revert to age 10…7…or even 3!  The instructor will share 11 ideas to keep you out of power struggles as well as ways to prevent a standoff from occurring in the first place.  Teens and twos need a WHOLE lot of power.  Guess what other age does?  Come join us.  Please let us know how many will attend.  RSVP to Joanie Waldman, jwaldman {at} bez613(.)org or (317) 253-3441.


Sunday, April 15 @ 6:30 p.m.
Continuing the tradition of gathering on Rosh Ḥodesh, this month we will discuss “Israel at 70:  Female Pioneers.”  Our women and girls will continue the ongoing family album project and enjoy Israeli snacks.  All women are welcome.  Intended for ages 8 and older.


Are you a mother raising Jewish children … but you’re not Jewish? Don’t do it alone!
The Mothers Circle provides FREE education and support for women of other religious backgrounds who are raising Jewish children. The course is coming to Indianapolis this fall. Classes will meet approximately twice a month and will focus on Jewish rituals, ethics, and the how-to’s of creating a Jewish home. Come be a part of this warm and nurturing environment and feel empowered to take on the responsibility of raising children in Judaism.

The free course will be held at the Jewish Community Center and is made possible by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis and commitments from David and Betty Klapper and Robert and Alice Schloss. It is overseen by a steering committee with representatives from the Bureau of Jewish Education, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and the Jewish Community Center.

For more information, please contact Patti Freeman Dorson at themotherscircle {at} comcast(.)net or 317-251-9467, x323 or visit