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Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert, 72425 Via Vail Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Arava Talve

Beit Sefer (Education) classes at Desert Outreach Synagogue provide the Coachella Valley with a vibrant environment where students of all ages can learn about Jewish rituals, holidays, observances and liturgy through a creative curriculum led by experienced teachers.

For children and youth, we offer classes for K- 10th grade.

B’nai Mitzvah preparation and confirmation are taught by the Director of the school, Arava Talve, a Jewish educator for over 25 years. Arava has led more than 500 youth and adult students on their journey to become Bar/Bat Mitzvah. She also teaches confirmation and, as the director of our school, is very excited about sharing the beauty of our Jewish tradition with our youth.

Adult Education – Jewish Studies

Adult Education at Desert Outreach Synagogue has gone modular! 

Jewish education never ends; we continue to study and learn until the very end.  Desert Outreach offers a series of exciting courses in Jewish studies; courses that may be taken alone, to simply enjoy the learning, or as part of a specific goal.

Modules consist of Hebrew—beginning and advanced, Introduction to Judaism, and Advanced Studies. The Adult B’nai Mitzvah program requires Beginning Hebrew, Introduction to Judaism, and additional tutoring.  The Adult Confirmation program builds on the B’nai Mitzvah program, incorporating Advanced Studies and additional material. 

Students may enroll in a single course or an entire program.

Adult Learning-Beit Sefer Shabbat School

Adult Learning with the Beit Sefer Shabbat School takes place on Saturday mornings when the Beit Sefer meets at the UUOCD.  Classes will be informal discussions with Rabbi Jules, Rabbi Rachel, or Rabbi Bentley on various topics such as:

  • Shabbat
  • Understanding Torah
  • Prayer
  • Rabbinic Judaism
  • High Holy Days
  • Pesach
  • Israel topics
  • Music


Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert, 72425 Via Vail Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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Arava Talve