Adult Education: Fall 2013/5774

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 .

Here is a listing of our Fall 2013/5774 Adult Education Offerings


Beginning Hebrew with Debbi Morin
Sundays, 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
October 6, 2013 - Sunday, January 12, 2014
Free for B’nai Shalom Members, $36 Donation Non Members
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?

Journey of the Soul: What do Jews Believe about Death and the Afterlife? with Rabbi Gurevitz
Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27 & November 3.
Free for B’nai Shalom Members, $36 Donation Non Members
Registration Required: contact
Recent books such as ‘Proof of Heaven’, ‘Waking up in Heaven’, and ‘Heaven is for Real’ are examples of contemporary interest in what happens after we die. Does Judaism offer answers or insights into these questions? Our tradition, in fact, offers many answers. We’ll explore Jewish opinions from across the centuries, and talk about our own hopes, beliefs, visions, and experiences.

"Judaism 101" Back to Basics with Rabbi Eiduson
Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
September 29, October 6, 20, 27 & November 3.
Free for B’nai Shalom Members, $36 Donation Non Members
Registration Required: contact
This course is a basic introduction to Jewish beliefs, practices and rituals. It is ideal for adults who desire a foundation on which to build their Jewish knowledge as well as advanced students who want to learn more. Religious School parents and young adults are especially encouraged to attend.

Spiritual Journey Group with Rabbi Gurevitz
Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
September 14 (Yom Kippur, 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.), Sunday, October 6, Sunday, November 17, Tuesday, December 10, Tuesday, January 7, Tuesday, February 11, Sunday March 9.
The Spiritual Journey Group is a monthly gathering that provides an opportunity to reflect on life’s experiences through a spiritual lens. We’ll explore together what that means, and the Jewish wisdom available to help us on our way. Spiritual practices such as chanting, meditation, and small group reflection help us to reflect on each month’s topic more deeply and internalize the insights that we gain.
Contact to be added to the monthly mailing list for this group.

Shabbat Morning T’Fillah & Torah
Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
We’ve been working our way from Genesis through the entire Hebrew Bible. We’ve reached “The Scrolls” or the Five Megillot” and we welcome everyone to jump in at any time! Queen Esther, Ruth and beyond – never mind ‘The Bachelor’ – these are the original scripts from our history. “Beginners” are always welcome. All readings are in English.

Judaism 201: A Guide to the Jewish Journey (and preparation for an Adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah) With Rabbi Gurevitz
Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Jan 5, 12, 26, Feb 2, 9, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 13 & May 11
Free for B’nai Shalom Members, $36 Donation Non Members
Registration Required: contact
In this course, we will explore dimensions of Torah (how to interpret, or drash on the weekly parsha), Avodah (the nature of Jewish prayer and the prayer service), and Gemilut Chassadim (acts of loving-kindness – how Jewish ethical wisdom can provide a roadmap for our relationships with others). The course is open to anyone interested in the topics, but will also include some preparation for an Adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This will involve learning to read a small amount from the Torah, and helping to craft a celebratory service to be held on the Torah Shabbat of Friday, May 16th. Register with Marsha Beals at mbeals@cbnaishalom.org

Aliyah Workshop with Rabbi Joe Eiduson
Thursday, January 30, 2014
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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. Register with Marsha Beals at mbeals@cbnaishalom.org

CBS Lunch and Learn Series Jewish-Christian Dialogue - In Conversation with a Rabbi and a Minister
Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at The Willows, Community Room.
October 17, January 9, March 13 & May 8
In this series, Rabbi Gurevitz will co-present each session with a Christian member of the Westborough Interfaith Clergy Group on a theme that is common to both Judaism and Christianity. What do we have in common, and where do we differ? Join us for the conversation, and ask us your questions. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks are provided.
Registration Required: contact We will try to assist with car-pooling from the CBS parking lot, if requested, due to limited parking space at The Willows.

Save the Date ....
Torathon is Back!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Congregation Beth Israel, Worcester, MA
Details to Follow!

4th Annual Sisterhood Shabbat & Women's Kallah
Saturday, February 8, 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm