B'nai Sholom

Reform Congregation

Albany, NY

Yom Rishon, 1 Kislev 5778

 


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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:

EVENT POLICIES

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.

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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.

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Torah Study

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!


Movie Nights

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
troubles

February 17, 2018 -- tba

March 24, 2018 -- tba

 

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 following are some of the adult education courses and programs offered in the past by B'nai Sholom:

 

Program Name                                                                                            Date
5th Century Favorits - Rabbi Don Cashman

 Fall 2013

 

Who Wrote the Hebrew Bible -  Steven Stark-Riemer

October 10, 2013-

“The Ethics of Eating – or, Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” -- Rabbi Don Cashman October 22, 2012 - January 28, 2013
Mahler on the Couch -- Movie and Discussion
October 19, 2013
Beginning Hebrew Fall 2012
Yiddish (Beginning and Advanced)

Fall 2014

Winter 2014

Siblings: 2nd Temple Judaism - Steven Stark-Riemer
January 2014 - March 2014
Isreal and the Holocaust -- Prof Arthur Brenner
January 20, 2014 - February 2014
Love at Second Sight -- Movie and Discussion February 1, 2014
Born in Berlin -- Movie and Discussion
March 22, 2014
The Diversity of Ancient Israel
April 16, 2013 - June 25, 2013
Doreen Rappaport, Author -- Talk "Beyond Courage" Chronicles Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
April 28, 2013
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Archeology and History of Ancient Israel
  • Sacred Text Study
  • Diversity of Ancient Israel
  • Sacred Text Study
  • Archeology and History of Ancient Israel
  • Archeology and History of Ancient Israel
  • Sacred Text Study
  • Diversity of Ancient Israel