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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!

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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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Creating a Jewish Money Ethic

January 30, 2020 – March 19, 2020 (includes 1 snow day) from 10:30 am. to 11:45 am

Rabbi Don Cashman

Fee: $25 members; $30 non-members

Text: The Sacred Exchange: Creating a Jewish Money Ethic, edited by Rabbi Mary L. Zamore, CCAR Press, 2019.  $24 paperback. E-book (Kindle, Apple, Google): $10 (January 15, 2020 deadline to order paperback book through B’nai Sholom)

Money has been a part of human life since pre-history, and it certainly touches so many different aspects of our lives.  Judaism has much to say and much to teach about money, our relationship to it, how we use, earn, spend, give, invest, save, and discuss it.

In this course we will focus on ethical approaches to these question from a Reform Jewish viewpoint.  Using The Sacred Exchange, a new book from the Central Conference of American Rabbis, we will consider the topics below.  Each topic requires about 70 pages of reading, broken up into short and inviting essays of 4-10 pages written mostly but not entirely by rabbis.

  • Wealth: Jewish techings; how much is enough?
  • Power of Money: Tzedakah, investing, justice
  • Israel: Building and financing, creating democracy
  • Employment: Family, agender, the marketplace
  • Religious Life: Membership, celebrations, costs
  • Conversations: stereotypes, financial literacy, marriage and money, estate planning.

Who Wrote the Hebrew Bible?

April 22, 2020 – from 10:00 am. to 11:45 am

Fee: $36 members; $54 non-members

Steve Stark-Reimer

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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 Chronicals, 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

February 14, 2020 — The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob

March 15, 2020 — tbd

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.

January 11, 2019 — Book review (book tbd) by Martha Rozett

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