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

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. The theme will vary throughout the year. This class will meet every Sunday unless there is another BIC Adult Education program running (such as Kolot Kehilla) or the Rabbi is out of town. Please check the BIC online calendar or email to confirm the schedule.

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. Jordan presents "Geometry, the Constitution and the right to vote: the math of congressional redistricting." The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in October in Gill v. Whitford, in which a three-judge panel found that Wisconsin Assembly district map was an unconstitutional abridgment of the right to vote.  Is it?  It’s both a legal and a math question.  I’ll talk about the new mathematical tools that both allow legislators to thumb the scale in their party’s favor, and allow judges and activists to detect and measure that interference.A light breakfast will be served before the talk. Please consider a $5 donation to offset the costs of this Beth Israel Center Adult Education program.


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.