Our Jewish Home
At VBS, we want you to take an active role in making the four pillars of Jewish living the foundations of your identity as a Jewish soul. They are: Torah (wisdom), Avodah (spirituality), Chesed (care for others), and Chevre (social encounters). We wholeheartedly support the great words of the Sage, Hillel, who taught, "If not now, when?" We want to show you how to grow Jewishly today.
OUR JEWISH HOME is our way of orienting you to VBS and what belonging to this community is all about. We are fortunate our community is so large, but it can sometimes be overwhelming! By participating in an Our Jewish Home orientation program, you will meet VBS Rabbis and experienced members of the community as we explore way to help you enrich your Jewish home, and to help you make a home at VBS.
What to expect during an OUR JEWISH HOME group:
Session 1: How do I learn Torah at VBS?
In this introductory session, you will meet your peers and
one of our talented rabbis to get to know each other. By the end of the
session, you will learn how to access the Torah and the many learning
opportunities VBS has to offer.
Session 2: How do I make Sacred Time at VBS?
"More than the Jewish people has kept Shabbat; Shabbat has
kept the Jewish people." In this Shabbat morning service, lunch and
special learning session with a rabbi, we will explore how to deepen
your family's experience of Shabbat and other sacred times in our
Session 3: Why are Sacred Objects so Important?
You are invited to an evening at the home of a synagogue leader to learn more about life and leadership at VBS.
Session 4: How do I find Sacred Space at VBS?
In this session, we will explore the community as a center of learning, worship, care for others, and social encounters. Not only will you be introduced to the many VBS Centers, but you will also begin to explore how to define your own home as a sacred space.
Upon completing these four courses, you will be invited to join a Live a Jewish Life group and deepen your learning with short practical courses in Jewish customs and rituals. There you will again have the opportunity to meet more people, learn with our rabbis, and explore serious and exciting subjects about Jewish life and thought.