Adult Education


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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!

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.

B’nai Sholom Adult Education Spring 2020 Programs

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Beginning Hebrew – Part Two

Teacher:  Carol Smith (Online via ZOOM)
April 6, 13, 22, 27, May 4.  Note:  all are Monday evenings with the exception of Wednesday, April 22.  
All classes 6:30-8 pm
$25 non-member; $20 member

We will start out with a brief review of the letters and vowels of the Hebrew alphabet and then practice reading some of the common prayers from the Shabbat service.  We will also cover some root words, prefixes and suffixes, but the main focus will be on reading.  This course is meant to serve as preparation for the next course in Hebrew to begin this fall!


Who Wrote the Hebrew Bible? (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Documentary Hypothesis)

Teacher: Steven Stark-Riemer
Thursdays, May 7 -June 25, 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.(Online via ZOOM)
$54 non-member; $36 members
Traditionally the Hebrew Bible has been understood as the final word of God. But even traditionalists have acknowledged
certain passages’ inconsistencies and repetition. In this lively course discussion, we will consider both what
traditional interpreters have said and what scholars and archeologists have discovered. We will discuss why certain books
were edited and what may have been historical, theological, political and ideological contexts in which this occurred. We
will weigh arguments for and against the Documentary Hypothesis, which considers the Bible a deft weaving of multiple sources,
and discuss how the Hebrew Bible may be more than the sum of its parts.

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Torah Study

Studying Vayeitzei

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 about to start the book of Chronicles, 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!


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

December 13, 2019

Martha Rozett will lead a discussion of Judas by Amos Oz, the final novel in his distinguished career, set in 1950s Jerusalem and blending a tender coming-of-age story with a thought-provoking study of betrayal. The New York Times called it “magnificent” and made it an Editors’ Choice.

January 10, 2020

Ed Rosen will present “Riding Through the History of the Golan,” treating its history, geography, demographic complexities as well as its prospects for the future. Ed attended Hebrew University and is an active member of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, and he has hiked and traveled extensively in the Golan including most recently by horseback

MOVIE NIGHTS ($5 suggested donation)

February 15, 2020 – 7:30 PM — The Mad Adventures of ‘Rabbi’ Jacob

March 14, 2020 – 7:30 PM — The Ritchie Boys–CANCELLED

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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