Adult Education

Fall/Winter 2020

The Adult Education programs in Fall 2020 will be online via Zoom or streaming services. 

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.

The adult education brochure for Fall 2020 has been mailed to everyone. It provides information about other programs, such as independent study groups and community events.

 Fall/Winter 2020 Adult Ed Classes

Conversational Hebrew

When? Tuesdays beginning September 15 at 2:00 p.m. This intermediate level class, with emphasis on grammar, conversational Hebrew, and vocabulary acquisition, is led by master teacher and native Israeli Ora Fisch. This class continues previous classes, but newcomers are welcome. 

Talmud Zooom!

When? Wednesdays through December 30 at 6:30 p.m. Come explore stories from the Talmud about courage, decency, deception, and fear. Everyone is invited to this weekly class, and you may join at any time., 

Models of a Modern Minor Holiday: Everything You’ve Always Wondered about Lesser-Known Jewish Holidays but Were Afraid to Ask

When? Mondays, October 5, 12 & 19 at 7:45 p.m. Sure, you may have heard about Tu B’Shvat, but what about Tu B’Av, Jewish Valentine’s Day?  Come learn in this class about origins and customs of lesser-known Jewish holidays, ancient and modern minor public observances and fast days.

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Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Grossman

When? Wednesdays in October at 12:30 p.m. Join Rabbi Grossman on Zoom for wide ranging and thought-provoking discussion utilizing text study, archaeology, and rabbinic commentary to explore how the Book of Genesis establishes the basis for Jewish values and ethics. Rabbi Grossman, an editor of Etz Hayim Torah and Commentary, has her doctorate in Ancient Judaism from Jewish Theological Seminary. Enter password LUNCH after you click here to join.

Crisis Management: How Three Ancient Rabbis Saved Judaism By Transforming It Into the Judaism We Know Today

When? Tuesdays, November 10, 17, & 24 and December 1 at 7:45 p.m. Jewish history is filled with crises and extraordinary individuals who helped navigate the transformations required to ensure Jewish survival and continuity. Join Rabbi Grossman as she explores the contributions of three such individuals, Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai, Rabbi Akiva, and Rabbi Yehudah haNasi, who confronted seismic challenges to their Jewish communities with the courage, commitment and ingenuity to transform ancient Temple-based Judaism into the faith and culture we still live today.

Vaccines and Jewish Law with Rabbi Elliott Dorff, Ph.D.

When? Sunday, November 1 at 7:45 p.m. As our country and the world face an unprecedented viral pandemic, the development, testing, and deployment of an effective vaccine is crucial to preventing the spread of disease. However, there are important and potentially controversial ethical questions raised by these endeavors. For example: who should receive a vaccine first, especially in the setting of a limited vaccine supply? Are we obligated to be vaccinated ourselves? How should we respond to those who decline or refuse vaccination? Who should volunteer for the experimental studies necessary to prove a vaccine’s safety and effectiveness? Please join Beth Shalom as Rabbi Elliot Dorff, a national expert in Jewish ethics and bioethics, helps guide us through these and other ethical quandaries from the context of Jewish Law.

Friday Night Speakers

Upcoming talks with Rabbi Grossman during Friday night Shabbat services

Should Defending Black Lives Mean Defunding the Police?

When? Friday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m. Explore what Jewish law and tradition say about how we are to relate to government, the police who enforce government policy, and the application of justice (or injustice) in society.

Who Gave Us Hanukkah? The Secret Lives of the Maccabees

When? Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. Explore who really were the Maccabee family who instigated the revolt that saved Judaism and gave us the beloved holiday of Hanukkah.

Saturday Morning Speakers

Upcoming talks during Saturday morning Shabbat services

Sermon in Song

When? Saturday, November 21 at 9:30 a.m. Cantor Rebecca Apt will lead an in-depth exploration of the meaning and music of a particular prayer.

Torah Talks

When? Saturday, November 7 & December 5 at 9:30 a.m. Rabbi Amy Scheinerman will lead participatory Torah studies on the weekly parsha (Torah reading).

Themed Shabbats

Hamilton Shabbat

When? Friday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. Beth Shalom joins the Hamilton craze with this special Hamilton Shabbat devoted to Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Cantor Apt and guests will lead services to some of the beloved melodies from the blockbuster Broadway play by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Rabbi Grossman will speak about The Jewish History of Alexander Hamilton