Adult Education 5780

Our theme for the year 5780 is Being Jewish in a non-Jewish world: Locating Ourselves in the Mirror of History.

WHAT are the opportunities and challenges of engaging in the secular world as Jews?
HOW do we find space for Jewish practice in our modern lives?
HOW do we reconcile the history of our people with the realities of the 21st Century?

Visiting Scholars

Information regarding our Visiting Scholars will be coming soon.

Year Long Learning

Monthly Mussar 

Thursday  |  7:00 pm
Class will begin September 3 | 10-month course

Temple Beth-El will offer a 10-month course of mussar study with trained mussar facilitator Geri Gregory.

The text to be used for this course is The Musssar Torah Commentary: A Spiritual Path to Living a Meaningful and Ethical Life, edited by Rabbi Barry H. Block. See the article above for information about this book and ordering.

Each participant will be asked to meet once a month on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in a va’ad (the entire group of participants) and once a month with a chevrutah (assigned study partner), as well as complete the assigned readings from the text. Beginners and seasoned Mussar learners are welcome to participate in this course, however beginners will be required to attend a few extra sessions in the beginning to learn about Mussar practice. The va’ad will meet via Zoom as long as is necessary, and then in person when it is possible.

The cost for this 10-month course is $100 for seasoned mussar learners and $140 for beginners, and all participants will need a copy of the book. You MUST register and pay for this course NO LATER than Thursday, September 3.


More Adult Learning Opportunities Coming this Fall

Torah Study

Saturdays | 9:00–10:00 am

Join with other dedicated learners as we continue to make our way through the entire Torah text. For more than 20 years we have gathered on Saturday mornings to engage in a close reading of the Hebrew Bible. All learners are welcome to share in the dialogue and discussion.

Stepping Stones to Jewish Knowledge: A Basic Judaism Course

This year’s Stepping stones class is full.  Look for future dates this program will open in our monthly bulletin.
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm 
Section 1A — Stepping Stones to Jewish Knowledge
6:30-7:45 pm

Open to anyone who would like to reinvigorate their Jewish knowledge or begin their journey to conversion. Topics include life cycles, holidays, prayer, history, and theology.

Section 1B — Beginning Hebrew, The Aleph Bet
7:45-8:30 pm

(note: Stepping Stones and Hebrew will be taught concurrently each week)

Section 2 — Choosing Judaism

Delve deeper into the topics previously learned as well as the more personal conversion process, including group discussions, journaling opportunities, and community partnerships with congregants.
Members interested in attending the Stepping Stones to Jewish Knowledge course are encouraged to do so. This group becomes a community during the course, registration for the entire first section is necessary.

Completion of the Introduction to Judaism course is a requirement for all conversion candidates. If you have questions about the conversion process please contact Iris Berman-Smith .

Adult Hebrew

Wednesdays | 10 sessions | beginning June 9
Class 1: 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Beginner class; basic knowledge of the Alef-Bet is required. 

Class 2: 7:15 to 8:15 pm

Intermediate class; experience with Hebrew beyond the Alef-Bet is required. This class will focus on learning different aspects of the Hebrew language. 
Fee: $80 for members and $105 for non-members. Your registration and payment are due prior to June 1. For online registration and payment, click HEBREW REGISTRATION
For further information, contact Rachel Walsh.

Temple Book Chavurah

Tuesday, June 7, 2020 – 7:00 PM

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

“Quinn deftly braids the stories of a female Russian bomber pilot, Nazi hunters, and a young Bostonian girl staring down evil in the most unthinkable of places.  The result is a searing tale of predator and prey, transgression and redemption and the immutable power of the truth.  An utter triumph!” (Pam Jenoff, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Orphan’s Tale)

RSVP or ask to be added to the notification list for this group and to receive the Zoom Invitation prior to each session by contacting Geri Gregory at gro.asle-hteb@ireg.

Sunday Scholars Series

Stay tuned for new learning opportunities