Finding Your Voice: Chanting Torah Wednesdays, October 17, 24; November 7, 14, 28; December 5 • 7:30 – 8:45 pm Instructor: Cantor Sarra Spierer
Have you ever thought about learning how to chant Torah? If you already have some basic skills, would you like to sharpen your ability to chant? Join Cantor Sarra for an introduction to Torah trope and a deeper understanding of the art of Torah reading. A basic ability to read Hebrew is required - no singing or previous experience needed! We will be using the book, “Chanting the Hebrew Bible: Student Edition” by Professor Joshua Jacobson.
Cost of Book: $18 The class is free for congregants. Non-congregants: $60 + the cost of book. Please register by September 26th in order that we may purchase materials. Email Cantor Sarra @ email@example.com with any questions.
The Midrash We Live In: The Book of Exodus and the Struggle against White Supremacy Tuesdays, November 13, 20, 27; December 11 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm Instructor: Rabbi Mike Rothbaum
The Book of Exodus and the Struggle against White Supremacy: thinkers from Zora Neale Hurston to Abraham Joshua Heschel to Martin Luther King Jr. have noted the resonance between the struggle against Egyptian bondage and the struggle against American racism. As such, racial injustice in the US can be seen as a 400 year midrash on the book of Exodus. Join us as we look at source texts from the Bible to today, and explore the Torah’s call for justice that remains essential in our day.
No cost to congregants. Non-congregants: $40
Why are there streets named "Balfour" in dozens of cities & towns all over Israel? Tuesdays, November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 11 • 2:00 pm Instructor: Rabbi Lewis Mintz
Last November marked the 100th anniversary of 2 momentous world events: The Russian (Bolshevik) Revolution & Britain issuing the Balfour Declaration. It has been called, "The Magna Carta of the Jews" and begins by stating, "His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish People." Come explore the geopolitical, literary, and Christian religious impulses that lead up to this dramatic decision; its galvanizing impact on the development of the growing Jewish community in the Land of Israel and on world Jewry; and the eventual response of Arab leaders and concessions made by the British Mandate during the 2 decades that followed.
No cost to congregants. Non-congregants: $50
A Taste (and a Breath) of Meditation Wednesday, January 16 • 7:30 pm Instructor: Cantor Sarra Spierer
Come and experience a taste of meditation with Cantor Sarra. Learn how performing your everyday activities with greater awareness can help you relax and rejuvenate your spirit. Discover how "taking a breath" and building your concentration can lead to more balance in your life.
With guided meditations and teachings from Jewish tradition, we'll experience and learn about the intersection of Judaism and meditation. The class will be preceded by an optional 15 minutes of gentle stretches and relaxing movement to help you transition from your busy day.
There is no charge for this class, but please pre-register.
Talmud's Greatest Hits Wednesdays, January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm Instructor: Rabbi Mike Rothbaum
Interested in knowing more about the Talmud, but don’t know where to start? Join us as we investigate some of the best known passages from the Talmud. We will encounter the wisdom of the ancient sages, and discover the timeless wisdom in our ancient text. This class is open to all, regardless of background or level of knowledge. Each meeting will be a stand-alone lesson, perfect for dropping in.
No cost to congregants. Non-congregants: $60
Special events and celebrations
Come Celebrate Jewish Book Month! Sunday, November 11 • 7:00 p.m.
David Dalin, author of Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan
Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court examines the lives, legal careers, and legacies of the eight Jews who have served or who currently serve as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, and Elena Kagan.
David Dalin discusses the relationship that these Jewish justices have had with the presidents who appointed them, and given the judges’ Jewish background, investigates the anti-Semitism some of the justices encountered in their ascent within the legal profession before their appointment, as well as the role that anti-Semitism played in the attendant political debates and Senate confirmation battles.
This book was selected as a finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award
Shabbat Torah Study Leader: Rabbi Mike Shabbat mornings, watch for announcements in The Star & Star-Lite calendar
Rabbi Mike leads us in a short Shacharit service, which is followed by study and discussion of the weekly parsha. Various translations and commentaries are employed, as well as the rabbi’s own insight.
Bible & Bourbon Leader: Rabbi Mike One Sunday night a month starting in October. Locations to rotate - watch for announcements in Star-Lite
A casual come-as-you-are time to talk Torah and have a drink with friends! Join us in congregants’ homes as Rabbi Mike presents a short text with lots of time to discuss and socialize.
Mid Week Bible Study Facilitator: Waky Wednesday 1:30 – 2:30 pm on Hebrew school days, beginning September 19.
A group of adult students has been studying Jewish texts together for several years. All are welcome; the chevruta style of learning, where we all share our thoughts on a wide perspective on the texts. No previous knowledge is required nor is Hebrew a necessity. Drop-ins are welcome.
Celebrating Rosh Chodesh Facilitator: Leann Shamash Monthly beginning October 28 at 6:00 pm
Join CBE's "Rosh Chodesh Group", a monthly women's group that celebrates each new Hebrew month and discusses Jewish topics from women's perspectives. This is a wonderful opportunity to enrich our lives spiritually as we connect with the Jewish calendar and with one another. Contact Leann for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register, or for more information for any class, contact Ezra Habif at (978) 263-3061 or email@example.com. Please register as early as possible for all events and classes, even if there is no charge.
It is the policy of CBE Adult Education that no one will be turned away due to financial hardship. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Adult Education at Congregation Beth Elohim involves a wide spectrum of life long opportunities to study. Our programming includes continuing curricula in Hebrew language, history, liturgical music and text study. We offer mini courses taught by congregants, our Rabbi and local academicians of the highest caliber.
Longer commitments engage the learner in Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Me’ah, 100 hours of study co-sponsored by Hebrew College and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Highlights of our year include an entire Shabbat and more with a Scholar-in-Residence. Also, together with the Family Education Committee, a weekend long engagement with special authors as a part of our Am HaSefer program.
We also invite you to hear ongoing speakers concerning current events focused on Israel and the Middle East. Whether you want to come to a 2 hour topical lecture or follow your dream to spend a couple of years preparing for your mid-life “coming of age” opportunity to publicly read from Torah, the Adult Ed program has something to stimulate your spiritual and intellectual interests.