Adult Jewish Learning at CBE
Winner of the 2007 Union of Reform Judaism Congregation of Learners Award, Congregation Beth Elohim offers a wide array of courses, lectures and study groups conducted at all levels, taught by our rabbis, members and rabbinic students. Together we learn everything from theology to Midrash to Jewish popular culture, alongside modern Jewish literature and Torah.
Weekly Shabbat Study
Shabbat AM Talmud Study
The Talmud is one of the most important collections of Jewish law and lore in our people’s history. Come study texts and learn stories that. All backgrounds welcome. No Hebrew required.
Meets: Starting in September 12th: almost every Saturday, 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
An engaging weekly discussion and exploration of the stories, themes and lessons from weekly Torah portion for adults. New students are always welcome!
Saturdays, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm
An Engaging study of the art, history, theology and act of praying. Do you ever feel lost in a service? Wondering why you are praying certain words? This class is for you.
Saturdays, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Basic Judaism: An Intro to Jewish Life, Text, and Ideas
Throughout time, Judaism has had something to say about nearly every topic under the sun. These include organ donation and autopsies, gambling and guns, medical assisted suicide and immunizations. Using Reform Movement writings on these and others we will explore our movement’s position on them and debate our own views. Bring a bag lunch.
Two Thursdays a Month at 12:30pm. (Spring Dates): 1/7, 1/28, 2/4, 2/25, 3/3, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5, 5/19, 6/2, 6/16
Have you ever wondered why people wear a red string around their wrist? The hamasa? Evil eye? Angels?
In 6 sessions that surveys mystical Judaism throughout the ages,we will explore the various kinds of expressions of Kabbalah (the receiving). We will examine the topic from its beginning in the biblical accounting of creation, the revelation at Sinai and Ezekiel’s vision of the Chariot to the rabbinic expression of Merkava (chariot) PARDES (orchard) and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai onto the 12/13 century major mystical work, The Zohar (the light), Luranic Kabbalah of the 17th century, to the Ba’al Shem Tov and Hasidim of Poland and Russia. To it’s modern day attraction of the Kabbalah Center, renewal and neo-Hasidism.
Meets Weds 7:30-9pm. March 2, 9, 13 (please note this is a Sunday - meets 10am), 30, April 6, 13.
Cost 120 (members); 150 (non-members)
The Room:Artist Beit Midrash
The conversations are In English. Curated and taught by Rabbi Marc Katz, Shai Zurim and Yoav Gal; at Beth Elohim Congregation in Park Slope, Brooklyn NY Cost: $15 per session; $100 for 8 sessions or $160 for the whole course. Meets: Every other Thursday starting 10/15. For more information email: email@example.com
Mussar is a traditional, Jewish approach to spiritual insight and practical self-Improvement. It aims to bridge the gap between intellect and emotions, and establish new bases for personal actions and interpersonal relations.
Meets Monday nights: Jan 11, 25, Feb 8 and 22, Mar 7 and 14, April 4 and 18, May 2 and 16, June 6
Join us each month as a group of engaged congregants discuss important issues and themes through modern literature.
March 21, 2016: "The Train to Crystal City" by Jan Jarboe Russell
Hebrew Reading Boot Camp (POSTPONED)
Want to learn to read Hebrew? Tired of reading the transliteration of the prayer book? Come to our fall full-day Hebrew reading workshop. Come study with Rabbi Marc Katz a and leave having learned the Hebrew aleph-bet through our interactive program. Needs 6 participants to run.
Cost: $40, includes lunch and supplies.
For more information about all these classes email Rabbi Marc Katz (firstname.lastname@example.org)