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At B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation we believe that Jewish learning is a lifetime project. 

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!

B’nai Sholom Adult Education Spring 2021 Programs

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The Legends of Our People – Past and Present (Via Zoom)

Teacher: Rabbi Katz
April 21, 28, Thursday May 13 (no class May 5)
7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
$15 non-member; $10 member
Before Eve there was Lillith. Lillith was too uppity for Adam and way too assertive for his taste. She dissatisfied Adam and that’s why God created Eve….to be a helpmate.
Have you heard of Lillith? Maybe not. She does not appear in the Bible; she appears in legends created by men. With this story we will begin our study of Midrashim, i.e., the legends of the Jews.
Keep open these three Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:15 p.m.
April 21 – The ancient writings
April 28 – The legends that continue to be written today
May 12 – The legends we ourselves create

Cooking Class with Deanna Fox (Via Zoom)

Teacher: Deanna Fox
April 13, 2021
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
$18 per screen (register and pay by April 5)Join B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation for another cooking class celebrating Jewish heritage. Leading up to Shavuot, we will embrace the traditions of feasting on dairy and wheat by making bourekas, the flaky pockets of dough wrapped around a slightly sweet cheese filling. Also known as sambousek in some global Jewish communities, we will be guided by local food journalist Deanna Fox. Substitutions for gluten-free and vegan diets will be provided in recipes.Deanna Fox is a freelance food and agriculture journalist who travels the globe in search of the story, meaning and purpose of food. She focuses specifically on food history, the business of agriculture, profiles, trends reporting, home cooking and the socio-political implications of food. She was also a cooking instructor and owned Albany Cooking School for many years. More can be found at www.foxonfood.comFacebook:

The Archeology and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Via Zoom)

Teacher: Steve Stark-Riemer
March 2, 2021 – April 20, 2021 (7 weeks)
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
$54 non-member; $36 members
The Dead Sea Scrolls are the most important collection of Jewish texts from the Second Temple Period and perhaps the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century.  The class will start from the history of the discovery near the ancient site of Qumran and then will address: the sects of the Second Temple Period; the development and character of the Qumran sect and the archaeology of the settlement there; women in the Dead Sea Scrolls; and messianism in the Scrolls and its influence on Judaism and Christianity.

Torah Study (Via Zoom)

Studying the torah
Studying Vayeitzei

Saturdays: Open to all.

Join in at 10 am for a continuation of our 20-year tradition of sacred text study. We closely read the weekly Parshot with the first Shabbat of the month devoted to the Prophets and the Writings.

All are welcome to participate and learn, reading aloud and discussing in the context of the history of the Bible, including the sociology, archeology, and politics of The Land. No prior experience is necessary! Sessions generally last about 90 minutes.

These sessions are open to all on a drop-in, occasional, or regular basis.  BYOB – Bring your own Bible. Contact the office to receive the ZOOM link.


Our series of talks by scholars from the congregation and beyond as presented following Friday night worship services.


MOVIE NIGHTS ($5 suggested donation)


Adult Ed Tools

Adult Education Pictures

  • Bible Study 1

    Bible Study 1

  • Extended Study

  • Extended Study - Pomegranates led to another topic

  • Extended Study

  • Torah Study

  • Torah Study - Noah

  • Torah Study

  • Torah Study

  • Completion of Beginning Hebrew Class -- December 2019

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