Adult Education: Fall 2014/5775

THE TALMUD TEACHES:

"These are the obligations without measure, whose reward, too, is without measure: to honor father and mother; to perform acts of love and kindness; to attend the house of study daily; to welcome the stranger; to visit the sick; to rejoice with bride and groom; to console the bereaved; to pray with sincerity; to make peace when there is strife.

AND THE STUDY OF TORAH IS EQUAL TO THEM ALL, BECAUSE IT LEADS TO THEM ALL."

Our Commitment to Lifelong Learning

Congregation B'nai Shalom is a congregation which values Torah and Jewish learning and maintains a unique commitment to the Jewish education of children and adults.  Young adults, young couples, parents, mature adults, seniors – no matter what your life's experience includes, our Adult Education Program allows our members to discover the joy and excitement of Jewish learning.  At Congregation B'nai Shalom, we believe that in the pursuit of Jewish wisdom an adult Jew must be exposed to Hebrew, Culture and Art, Prayer, Philosophy and Theology, Israel Studies, Jewish History, Social Action, Jewish Values and the Jewish Life Cycle.

Course registration is now in progress! As a benefit of membership, all courses are offered to Temple members at no charge.  For all courses requiring registration, please email or call 508-366-7191 to register! Finally, keep your eye on this page for further adult education information.  We hope you will come and learn with us!

Our Faculty

Rabbis Gurevitz and Eiduson, and a notable group of lay instructors, comprise our talented faculty. Courses are developed around the areas of proficiency of our faculty and are well prepared sessions with significant substance and high energy discussions. 

Courses for Beginners

Congregation B'nai Shalom offers a wide variety of courses for those in the early stages of Jewish learning.  We especially encourage parents of religious school students and others who might want to strengthen their awareness of Judaism to participate.  Of course, all classes are open to everyone regardless of background or experience.

Listen to Courses online

Listen to some of our previous adult learning series and workshops online at Congregation B'nai Shalom's Sound Cloud site.

Want to read Torah on the Bimah?

If you would like to participate in Shabbat Services by reading Torah for the Congregation, we invite you to contact Rabbi Gurevitz.  Even if you have not read Torah since your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, reading Torah as an adult may be an exciting way for you to connect or reconnect on a deeper level to your Jewish heritage. 

Congregation B'nai Shalom Membership

Do you have friends who are not members of Congregation B'nai Shalom?  We take pride in our Educational Programs and hope that you will share the information below with your friends and invite them to join our family. For more information about membership, contact .

Fall 2014/5775 Adult Education Offerings


Israel through a Cultural Lens with Rabbi Gurevitz

Sundays 9:00 am – 10:00 am
October 19, 26, November 2, 23, December 7, 14
Free for B’nai Shalom Members, $36 Donation Non Members
Registration Required: contact

A taste of the Modern State of Israel through the lens of movies, poetry, music, art and architecture. Travel with Rabbi Gurevitz as we experience Israel through the past six decades, with stops en route to take in army service, the sacrifices made to establish and preserve a Jewish homeland, the arrival of Jews from Yemen, Morocco, and Ethiopia, Kibbutz life, City life, and the diversity of faces and opinions found among those living in the land. This series may be of particular interest to those traveling on the congregational trip to Israel in April, but is open to everyone.

Beginning Hebrew (Westborough Community-Wide Program)
Sundays 10:45 am – 11:30 am
October 26, November 2, 23, December 7, 14
Registration Required: contact

Experience the joy of reading Hebrew! This class is for those who do not read Hebrew or can read very little. Geared especially for adults, Hebrew Aleph helps you feel more included during worship, the Passover Seder and other times you wish you knew how to read Hebrew. Haven’t you waited long enough? Debbi Morin will be the Instructor

Lunch and Learn: Continuing Interfaith Conversations with Local Clergy
Thursdays, 12:00 pm - 1.30 pm The Willows Community Room
Please bring a brown bag lunch; drinks are provided.
November 13, January 15, March 12, May 14
Join Rabbi Gurevitz as, each month, in a continuation of last year’s program, she invites a member of the local clergy to join her for a presentation and conversation on a topic of mutual interest. We’ll compare and contrast our faith tradition’s approaches and understanding. The conversation is then opened to all present for an engaging Q and A session.


Shabbat Morning Torah and T'filah
What does Ecclesiastes have to teach us about letting our children choose their own path in life? Does the Song of Songs encourage us to be more passionate in all we do in life? Was Vashti’s banishment in the Book of Esther simply a case of ‘what goes around comes around?’ Our weekly Torah study is a living example of how just a verse or two can lead to extended conversations on these and many other issues that are part of our lives today. A very brief Shabbat service, including Kaddish, concludes our weekly gathering. “Beginners” are always welcome. All readings are in English.

Spring 2015/5775 Adult Education Offerings

God-Shopping: An exploration in the market place of theological beliefs with Rabbi Gurevitz
Sundays 9-10 a.m. January 11, 25, February 1, 8, March 15, 22

All-powerful or limited? Looking on from afar, or within each one of us? Answering our prayers, or deaf to our pleas? A physical being or a Source of life energy? What God ideas do you ‘buy’ and which ones do you leave on the shelf? And what difference do our beliefs make to how we make meaning of our lives, our world, the questions we ask, and the answers we find? Join Rabbi Gurevitz to explore these questions in this user-friendly introduction to Jewish philosophy.


Spiritual Journey Group, Tuesdays 7:30 - 9 pm
Nov 11, (no Dec.), Jan 6, Feb 10, Mar 3, Thurs April 9 (start 7pm, following Yizkor), May 12, June 9.

All are invited to join us at any time for this monthly gathering with Rabbi Gurevitz to reflect on our inner spiritual lives through the lens of Mussar practice. Mussar is a Jewish wisdom tradition that draws on text study, meditation, and discussion, to help us find better balance in our lives as we examine our character traits. Gratitude, Generosity, Equanimity, Compassion, Anger, Humility… by taking traits such as these one at a time, we can purposefully examine and adjust how we respond to the world to better align our actions with our intentions.
Recommended: Consider purchasing a personal copy of ‘Everyday Holiness’ by Alan Morinis, the book we are currently using for each of our gatherings.
Contact to be added to the monthly mailing list for this group.


Shabbat Morning Torah & T’Fillah
Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
What does Ecclesiastes have to teach us about letting our children choose their own path in life? Does the Song of Songs encourage us to be more passionate in all we do in life? Was Vashti’s banishment in the Book of Esther simply a case of ‘what goes around comes around?’ Our weekly Torah study is a living example of how just a verse or two can lead to extended conversations on these and many other issues that are part of our lives today. A very brief Shabbat service, including Kaddish, concludes our weekly gathering. “Beginners” are always welcome. All readings are in English.


Adult B’nai Mitzvah
Rabbi Gurevitz works with a group of adults to prepare for an adult b’nei mitzvah on a two year rolling basis. The next course that will specifically focus on preparation for an adult b’nai mitzvah service will be offered in Spring 2016. Rabbi Gurevitz encourages each adult to set themselves a personal goal in taking on something new for becoming a bar or bat mitzvah. The following classes being offered during 2014-15 can help you prepare for a bar or bat mitzvah in 2016:

  • God-shopping in Spring 2015, for an introduction to Jewish theology.
  • For those who cannot yet read Hebrew, please consider taking a Hebrew class with Debbi Morin this year, which will enable you to participate in more of the prayer service.
  • For those who have learned their Aleph-Bet, the online study program used in our Religious School is also available for adults to learn and practice prayers. Please contact for more information on accessing and using this program.

Aliyah Workshop with Rabbi Joe Eiduson
Thursday, January 29, 2015
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free for B’nai Shalom Members, $18 Donation Non Members
Registration Required: contact
Getting ready for your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Going to have an Aliyah at a relative’s synagogue? Just want to brush up on those Hebrew skills? Here is a one-hour workshop that will teach you how to chant Torah blessings. Even if you don’t read a word of Hebrew, you can learn to chant the blessings! You will also learn “Torah etiquette” for an Aliyah. Join us for our annual Aliyah Workshop.


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Details to Follow!

6th Annual Women's Kallah
Saturday, March 14, 2015