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
The 40 Most Important Dates in Jewish History with Rabbi Andy Bachman
"Perek Shirah": Hearing the World Around Us with Cantor Josh Breitzer
Taste of Judaism with CBE Clergy (Winter Session)
A Taste of Judaism: Are you Curious?™ is a high visibility, easy access program of liberal Jewish content designed to pique the interest of all who are searching for an access point to Jewish life. Designed for all backgrounds (Jews, non-Jews, intermarried couples and adult children of intermarriage), A Taste of Judaism™ is a free, three-week course, covering three topics in two hours each: Jewish Spirituality (God), Jewish Ethics (Torah) and Jewish Community (Israel). The course will meet on Jan 15, 22, 29th.
Israel Reading Group (with Rabbi Dan Bronstein)
Join us as we once again launch our Israel reading group. Participants will monthly read interesting articles and books by and about Israel and will join together in discussion with Rabbi Dr. Dan Bronstein, an expert in the field.
This year we will be examining:
All classes run from 7:30-9pm at Congregation Beth Elohim.
Sign up for one or the whole series. More here.
Hebrew Reading Boot Camp with Rabbi Katz (New Dates)
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. Cost: $40, includes lunch and supplies. Meets Sunday, April 6, 10 am - 5 pm.
Do you already know a few phrases in Hebrew? Learned in college or as an adult but feel a bit rusty? Our very talented instructor Ela Yagadaev is running an intermediate Hebrew class / discussion group. Each week, the class will explore a different topic from food to vacation. Students will converse in Hebrew in a casual atmosphere learning vocab and grammar in the process. Meets on Tuesdays starting 1/14 from 7:30-9pm. 8 session. Cost: $100 for members. $125 for non-members. Needs 6 to run.
Learn to Chant Torah with Rabbi Katz (Winter / Spring Session)
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. Cost: $25 members, $35 non-members
Through ancient texts and modern media, participants learn to navigate Jewish tradition, holidays, history and life-cycle events while gaining tools for conducting Jewish ritual at home.
This course will encourage participants to see the Bible as the record of debates our people confronted in ancient times. It suggests we may look to the Bible as relevant today, not for dogma on a given issue but as a guide for thinking and debating; not for definite answers but for a path towards them. Topics will include: tradition and change in Biblical law—how do later law codes revise earlier ones, on ritual, economic, and gender issues? Divine Anger and Presence; Divine Punishment in the Bible; Creation in the Bible. This class is part of the Brooklyn Context Collective and meets at Park Slope Jewish Center, Cost $452. Register online
Mussar: A Guide to Spiritual and Practical Self-Improvement With Gary Shaffer
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. Class meets on every other Monday night at 7:30pm. Email Gary Shaffer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Confirmed dates: Monday Jan 20; Jan 27; Feb: 10 and 24; March 10 and 24; April 7 and 21; May 5 and 19; June 2.
Rosh Hodesh Group
Rosh Hodesh the holiday that celebrates the new moon, has traditionally been a special time for women to take a break from the hectic pace of their daily lives. Our group focuses on building an intimate atmosphere to explore our personal Jewish identities, experiences and ideas as modern women of diverse observance and practices, lifestyles and backgrounds. This open and supportive group will be a place for conversation, rituals, relationship-building, and learning. Bring yourself, your sisters, mothers, girlfriends--as well as your ideas and questions. Whatever your Jewish background, knowledge, age, life stage, or connection to CBE, please join us for our meaningful monthly gatherings. You can attend every month or just join us for any month that is convenient for you. More information at email@example.com.
Golden Gloves Revisited: This history of Boxing at CBE and beyond
Did you know that CBE used to host boxing matches in our ballroom? Learn about the history of boxing at CBE and learn how it was a microcosm of sports and politics in Brooklyn. Taught by our CBE archivist Martha Foley and special guest. Wed. April 2nd, 7:30pm.