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: Future classes TBD
THINKING MATTERS: MODERN JEWISH PHILOSOPHYOur impressive line-up of teachers wrestles 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 recent semesters of this award-winning series can be found here and here.
When: Future classes TBD
Cost: Free for CBS members; otherwise variable
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, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
October 15, November 5, & December 10, 2017;
January 14, February 11, March 11, April 15, & May 13, 2018 Cost: $360 for an individual, $540 for a couple, with 20% discount 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 WORDJoin our pilgrimage through the 150 psalms, from the heart and through the mind. Each 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: Every Shabbat afternoon, 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. Led by Henry Hollander.
When: Every Tuesday evening, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Main Meeting Room
For more information on our adult education offerings, please email the synagogue office.