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Adult Education Classes

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL LEVELS!

All of our classes are open to the community

adult education and family brochure 2022-2023- click here!

Weekly Classes:

STARTING Tuesday, October 25, 2022                                      Tuesdays – 7:00 – 8:30pm - THIS CLASS WILL BE ZOOMED ONLINE


MELTON LEARNING FOR WONDERING ADULTS with Rabbi Zimmerman

Two Semester Melton Mini Course

Fall/Winter...OMG CAN YOU BELIEVE?!

For many Jews, God is rarely discussed. And if God is spoken about, it is often in the context of their Jewish formal education as a child—often times, never to be revisited in their adult years. This unfortunate reality leaves many feeling uncomfortable discussing God and troubled by their own unsophisticated childhood concept of the divine that does not speak to the complicated world they are experiencing.

 

This course explores the many different understandings of God and of God’s relationship to humanity in Jewish thought through classic and modern texts reflective of the perspectives of many different Jewish thinkers.

OMG, Can You Believe?! raises some of the challenging questions Jews ask themselves and supports learners in asking their own deep faith questions as they search for personal answers to the “God questions” that confront people all through their lives:

• What are Jewish understandings of God?
• How does one understand the relationship between God and humankind in Judaism?
• What was the role of prophecy in the development of the relationship between God and humankind?
• Does God intervene in people’s daily lives?
• How does free will impact one’s relationship with God?
• How does Judaism understand “sin”?
• How are mitzvot (commandments) a link between Jews and God?

 

$65 per person   $105 per couple ( sharing one book)

Click Here for the Registration Form 

 

Winter/Spring...BETWEEN THE LINES: FROM TEXT TO LIFE

Jewish texts have informed Jewish thought and practice for over 3,000 years. Jewish learning is not about accumulating information. Learning links individuals to a vibrant extended family, a global community; it links past and future through the transmission of wisdom and life experiences of a people; it builds community both virtually and in person. Judaism treasures learning for all, children and adults alike, and especially promotes life-long learning. For Melton adult learners, engaging in learning can stimulate deeper participation in Jewish life
and generate new meaning for many other aspects of one’s life.

Referring to Torah, a Mishnah in Tractate Avot (5:22) says, הֲפָךְ בָּהּ וַהֲפָךְ בָּהּ דְּכלָֹּא בָהּ , “Turn it and turn it again, for everything is contained in it!” Judaism teaches to read the Torah, to read it again, and to read it yet once more. To look at its letters and at the spaces in between the letters. To consider it from all sides. To wrestle with it, with its meaning, and its applications. Where did these texts originate from? The answers to this question impact the theological differences among the Jewish denominations, the interpretations of the texts, and Jewish daily practice.

 

In this course, the structure and authorship of the sacred texts are examined. Torah, the Prophets and Writings, the Talmud, the commentaries of old and of today – together they area record of the encounter of the Jewish people with its rich heritage. Some of the questions addressed by Between the Lines are:
• What is the purpose of Jewish learning?
• Without previous education, can one study Jewish texts?
• Who wrote the Torah and why does it matter?
• How do different beliefs about authorship of the Tanakh and the binding nature of Jewish law impact upon Jewish life today?
• What do Jewish texts teach about Jewish values and how are these values put into practice?
• What is mussar and how does it relate to Jewish text learning?

Texts in this course present ancient and modern understandings of the origin of the ancient texts, as well as how these sources form a corpus of teachings that impact both the beliefs and the practices of the Jewish people.

 

Cost is $65 per person,  $105 per couple (Sharing One Book)

Registration form coming soon.

 

Weekly Classes:

Thursdays – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Presently, this class is being zoomed on line - 

PARASHAT HASHAVUA (weekly Torah portion) CLASS with Rabbi Zimmerman.

Grab a cup of coffee and snack and join Rabbi Mark and friends online for a lively weekly study session on the weekly Torah portion (Parashat HaShavua). Zoom link on the Beth Shalom website.  CLICK HERE

 

New participants are always welcome, and no previous knowledge required.  Open to the community. Drop in anytime!

 

Monthly Classes & Discussions:

STARTING Monday, September 12th                                        Second Monday of each month  7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom
CHAI MITZVAH

 Chai Mitzvah is an adult Jewish engagement initiative, that guides the participants in answering questions through study, spirituality, and social action. This year Chai Mitzvah will include two areas of study.  First, we will be looking at “Critical Conversations, a five-part curriculum based on the book In Good Faith: by Scott A. Shay. Each topic is designed to spark open and meaningful discussion that will encourage us to think critically.

Some of the subject areas include “What is Modern Day Idolatry”, “Faith and Prayer”,” Can Science and God Exist?”. Along with this curriculum, we will continue learning about Jewish women who have made or are making an impact on our lives today.  Some of these women are Dona Gracia Nasi; Nadine Gordimer; Rose Pastor Stokes; Rosalyn Yalow; and Helen Suzman.  The cost for this class will be $10.  If you are interested in joining our class, please contact me at marshakfish@gmail.com.  

 

KIDDUSH U

Saturdays around noon  - Upcoming Dates and Topics to be advised soon

Join us for Shabbat morning services, then enjoy our fabulous Kiddush lunch and stay for dynamic discussions in Kiddush U, with inspiring guest speakers. Learn about important people and events that made an impact on Jewish history or current issues that are in the news.

 

Watch the eBlast for upcoming topics and dates. If you would like to lead a discussion contact Rabbi Mark at Rabbi@bethshalom.net

 

 

MEN'S CLUB LUNCH & SPEAKER

Sundays 10:00am - 

Come for a delicious Sunday brunch with lox and bagels and stay for  interesting and educational speakers.

Join us at 9:30am for minyan and then a yummy brunch prepared by the Men’s Club, followed by a speaker. Brunch is $8 per person and there is no cost for the speaker.

Watch the eBlast for dates and topics.

 

BETH SHALOM RITUAL LAB

Want to learn how to host your friends for Shabbat at home? Perhaps you’re looking to learn about Jewish holiday rituals or want to share your own unique practices?  Beth Shalom Ritual Lab provides a space for anyone from beginners to hosting pros to take a deeper dive into the    Jewish holidays and Shabbat together, and explore ways to make practice meaningful to you. We will meet monthly on Zoom on Monday nights.

 Watch the weekly eblast for days and times.

 

 

Special Adult Education Classes

B'NAI MITZVAH CLASS

Starting after the High Holidays

Did you miss out on the opportunity to have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience as a child? Or are you new to Judaism and would like this opportunity?  It is never to late to learn how to lead a service and chant a Torah and/or a Haftorah reading. Join Eileen Cohn, our B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator, and fellow members of our kehillah, as you learn together and celebrate a joint B’nai Mitzvah ceremony. For more information contact Eileen Cohn, eileensc6@gmail.com

 

 

BEGINNER HEBREW & SIDDUR SKILLS

Have you always wanted to learn how to read Hebrew but were too apprehensive to start? Now you can join fellow congregants to learn basic Hebrew reading skills and become more familiar with the  siddur. Classes will be taught by Fred Rich, and meet online weekly beginning after the Fall holidays. Once we have a group interested in taking this class, we will set a day and time. Fee: $36, includes textbook.

For more information contact Linda at: Linda@bethshalom.net

 

 

PROJECT ZUG CHEVRUTA LEARNING

Discover the power of one-on-one learning! Make new friends or deepen existing relationships through the classical method of  studying Jewish texts. Our first topic will be, “Kashrut: Why? What How?’ and will run for 10 weeks starting after the fall holidays. This course designed by Hadar’s Project Zug, is intended to be fun, laid back, and welcoming to all regardless of prior Hebrew knowledge or textual familiarity. Fee: $36.

 Open to the community.  For more information contact Eric at:  Eric@bethshalom.net

 

 

JEWISH PARENTING CIRCLE

Join other parents on Sunday mornings at 9:30 as Eric Feld leads a series of discussions on parenting through a Jewish lens. Drop your child(ren) off at school and stay or come by for coffee and learning. All families are welcome to join this year long program. There may be limited babysitting available as needed. This course will meet 6 consecutive Sundays starting in the Winter. Watch the eblast for specific dates. 

 

Tue, November 29 2022 5 Kislev 5783