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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.   All events are currently happening over Zoom.

LIFELONG LEARNING (Adult Education) through June 2021

Great Jewish Thinkers, Great Jewish Ideas  - Rav Joseph Soloveitchik      3/21  11am with Rabbi Malino   please note the date change from the brochure.  The class has been changed from 3/14 to 3/21.    Rav Joseph Soloveitchik, who died in 1993, was a major figure on the landscape of 20th century American Judaism.  For the majority of his career, Rav Soloveitchik was the Rosh Yeshiva of the Rabbinical school at Yeshiva University, and trained several generations of Modern Orthodox rabbis.  His philosophical and halakhic works charted a new course in the relationship between modern existentialist thought and traditional Judaism.  

April 11 from 10:30 am - 12 Noon  (via zoom)    What I Learned About the Conflict from Writing "Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor"     Yossi Klein Halevi An Israeli Writer            Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and a Non-Resident Fellow of the TRENDS think tank in Abu Dhabi. He co-directs the Hartman Institute's Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI), which teaches emerging young Muslim American leaders about Judaism, Jewish identity and Israel. Over a hundred Muslim leaders have participated in the unique program.

 Halevi’s 2013 book, "Like Dreamers," won the Jewish Book Council's Everett Book of the Year Award. His latest book, "Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor,” is a New York Times bestseller.   He writes for leading op-ed pages in North America, including the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He is a former contributing editor to the New Republic.   He is frequently quoted on Israeli, Middle Eastern and Jewish affairs in leading media around the world, and is one of the best-known lecturers on Israeli issues in the American Jewish community and on North American campuses.   He is the recipient of the 2019 “Figure of Reconciliation” Award of the Polish Council of Christians and Jews.  Born in Brooklyn, he received his BA in Jewish studies from Brooklyn College, and his MS in journalism from Northwestern University.   He moved to Israel in 1982 and lives in Jerusalem with wife, Sarah, who helps direct a center for Jewish meditation. They have three children.



 ​​​​​January 24, 2021     Dr. Rachel Bender Ignacio COVID-19: An update.   slides

 ​​​​​January 31, 2021    Dr. Daniel Matt      Ayin:  The Theme of "Nothingness" in Jewish Mysticism      Outline


Introduction to Talmud, Part 2 Thursday evenings:  3/11, 3/18, 3/25       7:00 - 8:30pm

In this class we will focus on a primary encounter with the Talmud text itself, beginning with THIS BOOK/ORDER NOW     *ALL CLASSES ARE SUBJECT TO TEXTBOOK FEES     REGISTER NOW 



Fri, March 5 2021 21 Adar 5781