S’lichot — "Do I Have to Forgive?” Rabbi Michael Rothbaum and Cantor Sarra Spierer Saturday, September 16 • 8:00 pm class followed by S'lichot service at 9:30 pm
The High Holidays are a time when we’re supposed to make amends, asking forgiveness for what we’ve done wrong. But what about the other side of the equation? If someone says “sorry” to me… then what? What are my obligations to forgive someone who’s hurt me? We bring in the new Jewish year with a discussion of the mitzvah of forgiveness — and its limits. Please register by September 15.
A Book for Both of Us — Interfaith Journeys through the Jewish Prayerbook Rabbi Michael Rothbaum Sundays, October 15, 22, and 29 and November 5 • 9:45 – 11:00 am
Congregation Beth Elohim is a synagogue proud of its celebration of interfaith families. Our goal is to crate prayer spaces that speak to the hearts of all our members, Jewish and non-Jewish. This class is designed specifically for interfaith couples to take a deeper look into our siddur (prayer book), and unearth personal meaning both individually and together. Cantor Spierer will join us for some of the sessions to help create familiarity with the music that animates our prayers. Fee for non-congregants: $60. Please register by October 10.
Meditation for Life Cantor Sarra Spierer Wednesdays, October 25, November 1 and 15 • 7:30 PM
Meditation is very popular these days, but it's no new trend. Meditation has been part and parcel of Jewish tradition, especially within the prophetic, Kabbalistic, and Chassidic movements. For each of us today, it can infuse spirit and energy into our everyday lives and our relationships. Come and experience for yourself how meditation gives us a tool to slow down, pause, and feel the holiness around and within us. Please register by October 23.
Standing Up and Speaking Truth: Personal and Communal Paths of Jewish Resistance Rabbi Michael Rothbaum Wednesdays, November 29 and December 6, 13, and 20 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm
These days, many Jews find themselves on the front lines of the struggle for justice and fairness. But our current national moment is far from the first time that Jews have been stood up for their principles. Jewish resistance has taken many forms throughout history. Join us as we look at Jewish expressions of resistance, both in text and history. Our study will culminate in the creation of our own statements of Jewish resistance, as we celebrate Chanukah, the Jewish festival of resistance. Fee for non-congregants: $60. Please register by November 24.
Me’ah at Kerem Shalom in Concord Mondays beginning October 16 • 7:15 – 9:15 pm
Join this group on an intensive Jewish educational experience designed for busy adult learners. Me’ah (Hebrew for ‘100’), is a course which spans two years and includes 100 hours of class time. You'll focus on core texts from the Hebrew Bible and from the Rabbinic, Medieval, and Modern periods. University level faculty from the Boston area share their expertise, as you are guided on a Jewish journey of history and discovery.
CJP and Hebrew College offer scholarships to make it possible for all who wish to join. Contact Rosalie Gerut at Rosalie@KeremShalom.org for more information and to sign up. To learn more about the Me'ah program, visit http://www.hebrewcollege.edu/meah
Special events and celebrations:
Celebrate Jewish Book Month David Jaffe, author of Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change Sunday, November 12 • 7:00 pm
More details to follow. Open to the public, donations are welcome.
Latke vs. Hamentashen Debate at MIT (field trip) Date to be announced.
Don’t miss this most hysterical evening as MIT professors present a “serious” multi-media debate on which is better, latkes or hamentashen. You will never taste these delicacies in quite the same way again!
Yom HaShoah Commemoration Wednesday, April 11 • 7:00 pm
Join us in a service to honor and remember the lives and loss of the heroes and victims of the Holocaust. More details to follow.
Tikkun L’el Shavuot Saturday, May 19 • 8:00 pm
Shavuot is a time to study Torah! This holiday not only celebrates the summer harvest and first fruits of the season, but it historically commemorates the receiving of the Mitzvot at Mt. Sinai and the covenant between God and the Jewish people. We have a lively round table of lay teachings and eat as much cheesecake as we can! More info will be provided in The Star and Star-Lite closer to the event.
Shabbat Torah Study Rabbi Rothbaum, Leader
Rabbi Mike will lead us in Shacharit at 9:45 a.m., followed by study and discussion of the weekly parsha at 10:30 a.m. Various translations and commentaries are employed. Rabbi Mike emphasizes discussion. All viewpoints and perspectives are welcome. Please join us whenever you see “Torah Study” noted in The Star & Star-Lite or in the synagogue calendar.
Mid Week Bible Study Waky, Facilitator Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm on Hebrew school days, beginning September 13.
A group of adult students has been studying Jewish texts for several years. We have returned to basic Torah texts, currently near the start of the book of Leviticus. All are welcome; the chevruta style of learning, where we all share our thoughts offers a wide perspective on the texts. No previous knowledge is required nor is Hebrew a necessity.
Bible & Bourbon Rabbi Rothbaum, Leader Wednesday nights, monthly, starting in October 2017
A casual come-as-you-are time to talk Torah and have a drink with friends! Locations to rotate - watch for announcements in Star-Lite.
Celebrating Rosh Chodesh Leann Shamash, Facilitator Monthly beginning in October 17th at 7:00 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 specific dates and session content at email@example.com.
To register, or for more information for any class, contact Ezra Habif at (978) 263-3061 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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.