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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
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?
Wednesday mornings, April 22 through June 3; 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Fee: $36 member, 54 non-member
Taught by Steve Stark-Riemer, noted local lecturer in archaeology, history and religion of the Ancient Near East.
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 — TBA
Adult Education Pictures
Bible Study 1
Extended Study - Pomegranates led to another topic
Torah Study - Noah
Completion of Beginning Hebrew Class -- December 2019