Family Education







October 23, November 20, December 11, January 22, February 26, March 19, April 23
Families with children ages 2-5 come once a month for an opportunity to experience Jewish life and learning in a fun-filled and active session.  Led by Maria Simon, families will engage in songs, stories, crafts, and other activities that will excite young children along with 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) being with your child during the program.  To sign up for sessions or for more information contact Maria Simon at maria_simon {at} comcast(.)net.
Sponsored by the Sisterhood of Beth-El Zedeck. 



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


Sunday, December 4, 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 “Shedding Light” on Being a Jewish Girl in the 21st Century. Dessert will be served. All women are welcomed. Intended for ages 8 and older.


Sunday, January 29, 6:30 p.m.
Continuing the tradition of gathering on Rosh Ḥodesh, this month we will discuss “Fabulous Females: Torah, Women, and Trees.” Mothers, daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters will participate in an interactive text-study and gardening activity. Enjoy special fruit and foods associated with Tu B’Shevat. All women are welcomed. Intended for ages 8 and older.