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|At B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation we believe that Jewish learning is a lifetime project. Judaism offers a wealth of rich, deep, sophisticated ideas which are most useful for adults. Adults make decisions about raising children, choosing careers, medical care for themselves and loved ones, where to live and whom to love. Adults need the guidance of a religious system to help them through this maze of serious choices. Adults also experience fully the deep sorrow of loss and the great joy of true love. Jewish tradition can guide adults throug these emotional highs and lows.
Adult learning at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation equips our lifelong learners to face the complexity of their lives armed with Jewish knowledge. Whether taking a Judaism course, current events, or an archeology course, our learners come away from the experience with a greater appreciation of Judaism’s profound depths, and a greater understanding of how to lead an inspired life.
Please join us at any one of our course offerings this year. Membership is not required, and many of the classes have a nominal charge, suggested donation, or are free!
Other Jewish Adult Education opportunities:
All are Invited
We welcome everyone, Jewish or not, Member or not, to attend our classes and programs. Please join us!
Enrollment and Cancellation Policies:
- Some classes and programs have limited enrollments.
- Register early to avoid disappointment.
- If enrollment is too low, an event or class may be canceled.
- To be notified of schedule changes or cancellations, you must be preregistered.
Siblings: Second Temple Judaism and the Development of Early Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism
Teacher: Steve Stark-Riemer
Thursday evenings, October 19 through November 30 (no class Thanksgiving), 7:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
(6 classes) $48; $36 discounted fee for BSRC members
This is the first half of a 12 part course that begins with the destruction of the First Temple, the building of the Second Temple, the coming of Hellenism and the beginnings of sectarian Judaism.
An attorney by profession Steven Stark Riemer studied anthropology and archeology at the City College of New York and conducted fieldwork in Israel at the Tel Gezer excavations. He continues to pursue his interest in the archeology, history and religion of the Ancient Near East.
The Ethics of Eating
Rabbi Don Cashman
Monday mornings, October 30 through December 11 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.. (7 classes)
$48; $36 discounted fee for BSRC members
What could be more ripe as a determinant of our personal ethics than concern for what we buy, cook, serve, and/or eat? What do Jewish values – and in particular Reform Jewish values – have to offer us about elevating the ethical/religious/spiritual level of our diet? In this course we shall consider how animals are raised and slaughtered, how vegetables are grown and brought to market, how workers on the farm and in the market are treated, and how what we eat may affect our health. We shall look at diet as an element of Jewish identity, traditional kashrut and the historical Reform attitudes towards it, and we shall see different ways that an evolving Reform Jewish ethic might look like.
Required text: The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic, Mary L. Zamore, editor, CCAR Press, 2011, NY. This book was a Finalist in the 2011 National Jewish Book Awards
$20 for the book; PDF electronic version $13, or Kindle version $10.
Deadline for ordering book through B’nai Sholom: October 16.
Saturday Mornings, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Extended Text Study one Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m. – Noon
At Torah Study, we read translations and various commentaries in English, and discuss the meaning of the weekly Torah portion.
On Extended Study days, we’ve been working our way through the Tanakh with Rabbi Cashman. Currently we’re examining the book of Song of Songs, which provides rich material for discussion. Our Extended Study is powered by coffee, bagels, and an assortment of other delicious breakfast food.
These sessions are open to all on a drop-in, occasional, or regular basis. BYOB – Bring your own Bible, but we’ve got extras. No previous knowledge necessary! Share what you know!
November 18 — The Lemon Tree
The underlying story is that of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemon tree field when a new
Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down. It presents a
positive and personal Israeli film that offers an understated and thought-provoking vision of the West Bank
February 17, 2018 — Rosenwald
March 24, 2018 — The Last Mentsch
Synagogue Scholar Series — Save the Dates
Our series of talks by scholars from the congregation and beyond are presented following the Friday night worship service.
November 17, 2017 – Barney Horowitz = Bagel Bakers Union, Local 338 – A Rememberance
January 12, 2018 – Professor Harvey Strum – The Impact of World War I on Jews of the Capital District”
February 9, 2018 – Professor Martha Rozett – A Book Discussion: “Their Promised Land: My Parents in Love and War” by Ian Buruma
The Brit Olam is a “Covenant with our World because we see the world we want, not the world as it is.” It is a contract to help create “a World of Compassion, Justice and Wholeness.” Further details.
The Brit Olam is a “Covenant with our World because we see the world we want, not the world as it is.” It is a contract to help create “a World of Compassion, Justice and Wholeness.” Click here for details
The Brit Olam is a “Covenant with our World because we see the world we want, not the world as it is.” It is a contract to help create “a World of Compassion, Justice and Wholeness.” Click here for details.
Rosh HaShana Luncheons Sukkot
Talks by eminent scholars from within our congregation.