Adult Education

Beth Israel Center offers a dynamic, stimulating program of Adult Jewish Learning open to the community. Our daytime and evening classes are opportunities to deepen your knowledge and to explore the rich world of Jewish learning.  Whether your most recent Jewish learning experience was yesterday, last week, or last century, there's a class at Beth Israel Center for you. Our wide range of topics has included Hebrew reading, Talmud, Yoga and Jewish Political thought.  Class descriptions are below. Most classes are free and all are open to the public.  Please contact the office for dates, locations and other details.

Subversive Prayer: Exploring Facets of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Sundays around 9:00am
After Sunday morning minyan and a light breakfast, join Rabbi Sami Barth for a series of Sunday morning discussions. Prayer books can appear austere and pious, but partially hidden within the poems and reflections are subversive texts and challenging, even radical, understandings. We’ll look at texts and their context, and use multimedia to encounter ways in which musical traditions can challenge, support and/or confuse us about the message of ritual. All are welcome to these discussion, regardless of Jewish ritual or educational background, Hebrew skill, or ability to commit to all sessions.

Maimonides on Teshuvah (Repentance)

Wednesdays, August 16, 23, 30 and Sept. 13, 7:00pm
Approaching the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe), Rabbi Sami Barth will lead an exploration of the way in which Maimonides presents us with a philosophy of sin and repentance in 10 clear chapters. Starting with primary texts in original Hebrew and with English translation, then engaging with modern implications. All are welcome – no experience with rabbinic texts or knowledge of Hebrew required.

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur 101

Thursdays Aug. 31 and Sept. 14, 7:00pm
In this two-part "Guide for the Perplexed," Rabbi Sami Barth will attempt to reveal all you ever wanted to know about shul life and ritual but may have been scared to ask. These sessions may help anyone feel a littler more at home and comfortable during Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. All are welcome, especially guests. Come to either or both.

Kolot Kehilla

Sunday, October 22, 9:30-11:00am
This Sunday morning speaker series features expertise of Beth Israel Center members.
Leading off the 5778 season is UW Mathematics professor and author Jordan Ellenberg.
Check back here or the events page for details about Prof. Ellenberg's talk and more 2017-18 dates and speakers.


Mondays 7pm 
Join Yiddish enthusiast and talented teacher Sylvia Grunes.  Sylvia builds a love for the Yiddish language and culture through her long-running classes. All levels welcome and encouraged to attend.