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Lifelong Learning (Adult Education)

At Temple Beth Shalom, not only the kids are learning—adults are active learners, too!

As a community, we support a rich tradition of lifelong Jewish learning, where our adults and parents are just as engaged as our children. Come to a class or lecture opportunity to participate in a lively discussion, get to know other members of our community, and hopefully learn something new.

Many of our lifelong learning activities for adults are coordinated with regular education opportunities for children and young adults, to make it easier for the whole family to be involved. Look for lifelong learning events on Thursday evenings, the same time as Midrasha High, and on Sunday mornings, coordinated with Sunday school.

There are special education opportunities at other times, too, such as the Global Day of Jewish Learning (annually in November) and a Scholar In Residence weekend (February).


Living Judaism:  A course in the Basics - Starting October 14, 2018 

9:30am - 10:45am - class goes until June 2019   With Rabbi Tamar Malino



Beginning Hebrew- The beginning is a very good place to start! 

We’ll learn all the letters of the aleph-bet, begin to read aloud, and learn some vocabulary words commonly used in prayer and Jewish life.  

Starting October 14, 2018 - 11:00 am-12 Noonpm - CLASS GOES UNTIL jUNE 2019   With Rabbi tamar malino



“Avoda Zara”! Dealing With “The Other” Then And Today

While we Jews live primarily among Christians and Muslims in our daily lives, the early rabbis of the Talmud lived among people who they called “foreign worshippers.” For sure, some of these people were Christians but more often this category of people were worshippers in Ancient Greek, Roman and Persian religious groups. How did our Jewish ancestors live among such people? To what extent did the tradition permit interaction with them? Most interestingly, how are ancient issue of dealing with “the other” similar to the way we think about those outside the Jewish community today? Join me in cracking open the Talmud and studying the Tractate “Avoda Zara”!

Tuesdays November 13, 20 & 27 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm Taught by Rabbi E. Goldstein

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Halachah and Kabbalah: The Tension between Law and Mysticism

Throughout history and across religious traditions, there has always been tension between those who believe that tradition, consistent practice, and institutions are the primary means of living a religious life, and those who derive authority and wisdom from their immediate personal experience of God. We will examine these tensions as they have played out in Jewish history and thought through the ages, as well as considering how they inform and enrich our religious experiences today.

Thursdays December 6; 13 & 20 7:00-8:30p Rabbi Malino

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The Original Jewish How-To Manuals: Mishneh Torah (Maimonides) and the Shulkhan Aruch (Rabbi Joseph Karo)

We will explore these primary authoritative texts of Jewish law and their specific instructions for Jewish life.

Thursdays March 14; 21; 28 7:00—8:30 pm Rabbi Malino

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All lifelong learning opportunities are open to members of Temple Beth Shalom and Congregation Emanu-El. Not a member? Contact our office at 509-747-3304. We would love to have you join us.


Tue, September 17 2019 17 Elul 5779