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 .

Here is a partial listing of our 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.

"Judaism 101" Back to Basics with Rabbi Eiduson

Sundays, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
October 19, 26, November 2, 23, December 7, 14
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.

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.

Save the Date ....
Torathon is Back!
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Congregation Beth Israel, Worcester, MA
Details to Follow!

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