Lifelong LearningCongregation Beth Sholom offers classes, casual learning opportunities, and social gatherings for adults designed to bring Jewish values, culture, rituals, and texts into our everyday lives. We expand our social and cultural horizons with visiting Jewish scholars, professors, Judaic art and photography exhibits, Jewish authors, political pundits, artists, journalists, rabbis, and more.
In addition, Beth Sholom plays a proactive role in the Bay Area Jewish community, partnering with other Jewish and community-based organizations to co-sponsor special lecture events, cultural and political presentations, and more.
FROM TIBERIAS WITH LOVEOn Thursday mornings in March 2017, Rabbi Glazer offered the four-session From Tiberias With Love: Letters of Spiritual Direction from 1777 Community in Eretz Yisrael. No knowledge of Hebrew was required. Click here to learn more about this popular mini-course, which may resume later in the year.
When: Thursday mornings, after morning minyan
THINKING MATTERS: MODERN JEWISH PHILOSOPHYJoin our impressive line-up of teachers to wrestle with some of the exciting and challenging questions of modern Jewish philosophy! Can there be such a thing as a Jewish philosophy, or a philosophy of Judaism? How have Jewish traditions participated in the philosophical canon or in philosophical questioning in modern times? How do Judaism and philosophy relate to the broader question of the modern relationship of ethics, religion, and theology to philosophy? Different sections taught by various leaders. Details about the current semester of Thinking Matters can be found here and here.
When: Thursdays (except summer), 6:30 or 7 p.m., depending on instructor
Next Meeting: March 30 Cost: Variable; full semester and individual course options
INTRO TO JUDAISM: Learning for the Mind, Heart, & SoulJew-Curious? Interested in converting to Judaism? Sharing your life with a Jew and want to crack the code? Calling all potential conversion students and interfaith couples!
Our engaging, university-accredited Intro To Judaism course is interactive and encourages questions, discussion, and hands-on learning. No knowledge of Hebrew is required, but you will learn to read the language as part of the class. Resumes in Fall 2017.
When: Sundays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Meetings Dates: TBA Cost: $344 for an individual, $533 for a couple; discounted rates offered to CBS members. Some financial aid and payment options are available — CBS is committed to never turning people away. For more information, contact email Amanda Russell or call us at 415-221-8736.
PSALMS: A SHELTER IN THE WORDEach week a different psalm is studied. The text is easily accessible, but the issues are full of complexity. No knowledge of Hebrew is required and refreshments are served. Taught by Rabbi Glazer.
When: Shabbat afternoons, 5 p.m.
TALMUD STUDYOur Talmud study students learn as a group and at times in havruta (with partners). Participants meet weekly for dinner and study. No knowledge of Hebrew is required, but a willingness to learn some vocabulary helps. Taught by Henry Hollander.
When: Tuesday evenings, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Main Meeting Room
For more information on our adult education offerings, please email the synagogue office.