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.  All adults (age 13 and up!) are welcome and encouraged to participate. Please contact the office for dates, locations and other details.

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Studio Sinai: Sunday afternoons , 1:00-4:00

About once a month, explore the use of art to bring forth and share responses to midrashic/imaginative readings of biblical texts. Each session stands alone, although attending all five sessions will provide a richer experience: Nov. 11, Dec. 16, Jan. 13, Feb. 24, Mar. 31

Living Torah: Sundays, 9:15-10:15

About twice a month after morning minyan, make modern, meaningful sense out of the dynamic interplay between our lives and our tradition, exploring current topics through the lens of Torah. The next three sessions are November 18, December 2, and January 20. All dates for the year are on our online calendar.

Parasha Study: Shabbat afternoons 

About once a month after Kiddush, stick around (or come) for a focused study and discussion of the week's Torah portion using interpretive sources. December 1, January 19, February 23… check the calendar for more dates. All ages welcome!

Yiddish: Monday evenings, 7:00pm

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.

Rabbi’s Talmud Beit Midrash-Style Class: Thursday evenings.

The fall session is underway. If you’d like to join the class, please speak with Rabbi Forester. Upcoming sessions will begin in January, March, and May 2019. Students will learn how to study Talmud and delve into the meanings and interpretations of the text. Hebrew decoding skills are necessary. Talmud beginners, advanced learners, and everyone in between is welcome. 

Kolot Kehilla: Select Sundays, 9:30-11:00am

Kolot Kehilla, the voices of our community, features experts within our community speaking on a wide variety of topics. It is offered 2-3 times per semester. For 2018-19, speakers and topics will be part of our Scientists in Synagogues programming (info below):

  • Matt Banks / October 28, 2018

  • Ruth Litovsky / December 16, 2018

  • Steve Nadler / February 17, 2019

  • Tanya Schlam / May 26, 2019

Mind <3 Books

Beth Israel Center has received a grant to support our participation in a project called Scientists in Synagogues, aimed at promoting dialog about the intersection of science and Judaism.  The project is sponsored by Sinai and Synapses, a joint venture of the national organization Clal, which works to promote an expansive and post-denominational Jewish worldview, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest scientific society. One element of our Scientists in Synagogues programming is a series of book discussions linked to the Jewish calendar. Join us for any/all of the series:

  • God and the Big Bang by Daniel Matt / Tisha B’Av 5778/ July-August 2018

  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben and Jane Billinghurst / Tu B’Shevat 5779/ January 2019

  • Close Encounters with Human Kind by Sang-Hee Lee / Pesach 5779/ April 2019

  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert / Tisha B’Av 5779 / August 2019