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.

Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning - REGISTER NOW

This pluralistic Jewish learning program goes far beyond one-shot lectures or short-term seminars, challenging adult Jewish learners to engage in Jewish learning in a serious and comprehensive way. Each lesson is designed to inspire and enlighten students, irrespective of their prior experience or background.

Melton classes will meet on 25 Sunday mornings beginning September 11, 2016.  Students will engage with a well-rounded, in-depth study of Judaism in a user-friendly format. 

Previous participation is not required. All are welcome to register.

This year's offerings from Melton's Core Curriculum will be taught by Rabbis Joshua and Rebecca Ben-Gideon.

The Ethics of Jewish Living
How do Jewish teachings shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment, inter-personal relationships, end-of-life decisions, and stem-cell research? This course explores the wisdom of ancient and modern rabbis, scholars and thinkers, offering multiple Jewish approaches to conducting our lives in the communal and private spheres.

The Crossroads of Jewish History
This course merges the concepts of history and memory in order to better understand how each has shaped Judaism today. With an emphasis on reclaiming the richness of Jewish history, the chronological exploration investigates significant crossroads where Jews took major decisions that shaped our shared identity and destiny.

Registration is open now. Space is limited.

Thanks to an Innovation Grant from Jewish Federation of Madison, students will pay only $265 for a full year, plus the cost of the student reader. Readers are available in print or digital formats. Select your reader format when you register.


Kolot Kehilla

This Sunday morning speaker series features expertise of Beth Israel Center members. Check back here or the events page for more dates and speakers.

  • September 11, 2016: Nate Rudin
  • October 30, 2016: Louise Goldstein and Phyllis Holman Weisbard on travelling in Jewish Italy.

Adult Jewish Learning Program - Ongoing Classes

Yiddish, 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.

Talmud, Wednesdays 9am: Study Talmud in Aramaic and Hebrew with Rabbis Joshua and Rebecca Ben-Gideon. Class will meet through June 15, 2016, and then take a summer hiatus.

Hebrew II, Thursdays 7pm:  This class is designed for those interested in reading Biblical Hebrew through study of the weekly Torah portion.  Whether beginner or intermediate , all levels of knowledge are welcomed.  Led by Anna Heifetz. Class meets most Thursday evenings at 7pm. Call office to confirm the schedule and location.