At Beth El, we have an expanding and eclectic series of classes, seminars and lectures to meet the diverse interests of our members. Think of our adult education program as being truly customer-driven. If we can get three to five people interested in a subject, we’ll form a class and find instructors.
There are classes in Torah, Talmud, learning to read Hebrew, Haftorah and Torah. Classes also include Jewish arts, and current issues facing Jews in the world. Some of our most recent lectures covered issues like Judaism and medical ethics, Jewish women in literature and Holocaust reparations.
The adult education program at Beth El also coordinates classes with other synagogues in the area, especially where those classes can be further enriched by a wider audience and broader dialogue.
Please join us for one of the following programs. Please refer to the monthly Shalom newsletter for the current time and topics.
- Torah and Tea – Come and enjoy a lively discussion of the Torah portion over a light lunch and dessert, coffee and tea with Rabbi Kornsgold. Classes meet Mondays from 1:30–3:30 p.m.
- Shabbat Study Group – Meets every Saturday after Kiddush.
- The Observant Life – This monumental work was written by thirty rabbis and took ten years to produce. It describes in detail what it means to live a Jewish life according to the tenets of Conservative Judaism. In this class we will read selected topics from The Observant Life and discuss how they affect our lives as individuals and as a community. This class will meet one to two times a month on Mondays through June and is taught by Rabbi Kornsgold. Check with the Synagogue Office for class dates and times.
- The Ethical Life – From political to financial scandals to rapid progress in biomedical science and technology, the complex issues of modern society are, at their core, issues of ethical and moral concern. Now more than ever, we require a solid understanding of how Jewish ethics can inform our discussions and decisions about the critical questions of the day. Judaism has a long history of wrestling with moral questions, and responding to them in a way that considers all sides of an issue. In this class, led by Rabbi Kornsgold, we will watch short video lectures from faculty members of The Jewish Theological Seminary, and short videos featuring individuals from the American Jewish community who are grappling with these challenges on a daily basis, as well as study the texts that will inform our discussions.