Adult Education

Beth Shalom offers learning opportunities throughout the year, sponsoring speakers, discussion groups, classes, and holiday programs. Programs are held at various times to accommodate congregants’ different schedules, including Shabbat, holidays, and weekdays during the day and evenings. These programs are open to the public.

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Check the adult education brochure for more information, including dates and times. This brochure is also mailed to every household (in late summer for fall programs and in early winter for winter/spring programs).

Highlights of the Adult Education program in past years and upcoming for 2019-2020 include:

    • Scholar-In-Residence: A Shabbat weekend full of lectures and discussions with an invited educator, thinker, speaker, or artist (usually held in November)
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    • Tikkun Leil Shavuot: A full evening of multiple education sessions led by rabbis and educators held on Erev Shavuot, along with dairy desserts and snacks
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    • Movies for Selichot and Yom Ha’atzmaut: On topics relating to repentance and Israel (respectively), with moderated discussions by Rabbi Grossman. For this year’s Yom Ha’atzmaut, we’re watching “Heading Home”, the story of Israel’s underdog national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball classic. Our Selichot movie was “Keep Quiet”, a powerful documentary about an anti-Semitic far-right politician in Hungary who undergoes an astonishing transformation after finding out he is Jewish.
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    • Author speaker series: – Jewish authors read excerpts from and discuss their recent novels and non-fiction books. These programs are usually held in the spring. This year’s speakers are:
      • Ellen Scolnic and Joyce Eisenberg — The Word Mavens
      • Dan Rodricks — columnist, TV host, and author of Father’s Day Creek
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    • Lecture and Discussion Series:  Stimulating classes for Spring 2020 include: 
      • “Torah Trope for Beginners”  — Cantor Rebecca Apt
      • “Jewish God Talk: Jewish Theology and Thinking About God Through the Ages (Part 2)”  — Rabbi Amy Scheinerman
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    • Conservational Hebrew Class: Led by native Hebrew speaker and educator (and congregant) Ora Fisch  
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    • Friday night speakers: Past speakers have shared their expertise on topics such as ethics and Israel