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
Chevre Torah Study with Rabbi Marc Katz
Beit Midrash with Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein
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 Oct 2, 9, and 16
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.
The Examined Life: Making sense out of reality, the what, how, and why of God with Rabbi David Kline
Myths and legends, ancestor tales, court records, prophetic innovation, poetry, and lots of laws, ritual and moral. Then, apparently beginning in the 4th century BCE, our ancestors turned to introspection about life, the world, values, and meaning. They posed questions some of which had answers and some did not. In this ten session class, we shall see how some of our ancestors dealt with issues that we face today. Selections from Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Psalms, and Job will be a window on the world.
Classes will run weekly for ten session starting on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:30 to 9:00pm.
A study/discussion class based on Rabbi Joseph Telushkin's book " Jewish Wisdom"
All participants must purchase the book “Jewish Wisdom” by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin in order to participate in this class.
Class runs Wednesday evenings, Oct. 9, 16, 23 at 7:30 - 9:00 pm
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, Nov. 10, 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 10/16 from 7:30-9pm. 8 session. Cost: $100 for members. $125 for non-members. Needs 6 to run.
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
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 , ,
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. If you'd like to be kept up to date on Rosh Hodesh gatherings, or women's events, and the new CBE Sisterhood, please email Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein at email@example.com