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.
Torah Chanting Boot Camp with Rabbi Marc Katz
Interested in chanting Torah this year? Can’t take the formal chanting class? This year, we are trying to get as many people as possible to read Torah on Shabbat AM at services. During this slot, Rabbi Katz will engage in private or small group tutoring to help groups of people prepare to chant Torah at services.
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.
Every other Thursday at 12:30pm. October 8th, 15th (note change). Nov. 5th, 19th, Dec. 3, 17th.
The term Zionism has a long history which is often misunderstood by the American Jewish community. In this course we will examine the historical background of Zionism through a review of source material which was written by the seminal Zionist thinkers of the 19th century. We will then look at the current situation in Israel in light of these documents and we will finish with a clarification of Reform Judaism’s view of Zionism.
Monday Nights: Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 (7:30 -9:00 pm)
We are once again offering Wise Aging, a program geared to people over the age of 55 who want to discover new resources to live with spirit, resilience and wisdom throughout their lifespan. This 8-week fall semester includes study of traditional and contemporary Jewish sources, contemplative practices, and guided conversation to explore the life questions that arise as we confront the challenges, opportunities, and wonder of aging. Sessions will explore topics such as conducting a life review, revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships; learning to live with loss, change, and death; creating relevant rituals; cultivating wisdom; and leaving a legacy. Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, beginning on Oct 13, 2015 at CBE and will include a light dinner. The cost is $130 for the eight sessions. New and returning students welcome.
The Room:Artist Beit Midrash
Mark your calendars! A great conversation is expected on November 29, 7:30PM, when Ruby Namdar will join us at “The ROOM” to talk about his new book "הבית אשר נחרב” (“The Ruined House”), 2015 Sapir Prize winner. We will talk about writing Hebrew literature in NY, about the modern, urbane and sophisticated Jew; and about conjuring up ancient ritual blood-offerings.
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
Torah Chanting Class (POSTPONED)
Interested in learning to chant Torah this year? Over five sessions students will learn to chant and will prepare together short Torah portions (3-4 verses) to be read later this year. This course requires familiarity with the vowels and letters of the Hebrew Alep-Bet.
Meets 5 Saturdays at 12:30pm: 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21
Cost: $30 members, $40 non-members.
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: Sept 21, Oct 6 (Tuesday), Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16, Dec 7, Dec 21.
Join us each month as a group of engaged congregants discuss important issues and themes through modern literature. Meets:
September 28 - Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
October 26 - The Unamericans by Molly Antopol
November 23 - Dora Bruder by Patrick Modiano
December 21 – Book, TBD
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.
Meets on 11/15, 10am-5pm
Cost: $40, includes lunch and supplies.
For more information about all these classes email Rabbi Marc Katz (firstname.lastname@example.org)