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Adult Learning

“It is a Tree of Life (Eitz Chayim) to those who hold it fast, and all who cling to it find happiness. Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace.”–  Proverbs 3:17-18

Lifelong Jewish learning is the best way of applying the Jewish values in our lives. Learning is about the knowledge we gain and how it guides our actions. Study enables us to think and to act in larger and deeper ways.

Adult Education Fall 2022


Emerging Leaders Program
Spiritual Journey Group - Exploring Kabbalah
Torah and Tefilah

Chai Mitzvah Rosh Hodesh Group
Podcasts and previously recorded sessions
Other opportunities

Emerging Leaders Program: Preparing tomorrow's leaders today. Begins October 20
This 5 session leadership program meets monthly on zoom from 7:30-9pm.
This series focuses on both personal leadership development and leadership at CBS. Sessions include:
- The fundamental concepts of Jewish leadership
- Principles of extraordinary leadership
- How to develop your own personal leadership style
- Reform Judaism and how it informs decision-making at CBS
- CBS Mission, Vision, Values, and Governance
Click here for more information and to express interest. Registration is limited for this program. Back to top.

Spiritual Journey Group - Exploring Kabbalah
Monthly in person meetings, 7:30pm: October 25, November 30, December 27, January 24, February 21, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 20.

Join Rabbi Gurevitz as we explore the mystical Jewish tradition of Kabbalah through classic texts and concepts. How does these ideas shape our understanding of the universe? How do they create a sense of connectedness between us and others? 
If you have not previously attended the Spiritual Journey Group, sign up here to receive monthly reminders and materials for sessions. Back to top.

Torah and Tefilah
Every Saturday on zoom, 8-9:30am (times vary at certain seasons)
Immediately after Simchat Torah we begin the cycle of weekly Torah portions from Genesis through to Deuteronomy again. All are welcome for these weekly conversations, with no prior knowledge or Hebrew required to participate. Learn about the foundational texts of our tradition through the eyes of history and scholarship, myth and narrative, psychology and social commentary.
Zoom link is Passcode: 142995
Email Steve Winer to be added to our Torah listserv to receive occasional resources and schedule updates
Please note that on October 15 only, we will meet at 10am at the Rabbi's Sukkah, 12 Jacob Amsden Road, Westborough for an in-person only session to conclude the current cycle. Back to top.

Chai Mitzvah Rosh Hodesh Group

Beginning Wednesday, October 26, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Other dates: Nov 30, Dec 21, Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 22, April 26, May 24, June 21.
Under the leadership of Rabbi Gurevitz, CBS Sisterhood will coordinate the monthly in-person Chai Mitzvah Rosh Chodesh Group.

The Chai Mitzvah Rosh Chodesh curriculum features 12 beautifully illustrated sourcebooks featuring texts to spark meaningful conversations on topics related to each month. For a preview go to and scroll down to “click here to see a sample Rosh Chodesh sourcebook.” There is no additional fee to join this group. We gather to learn and share a special group for women. All women of CBS and friends of CBS are invited.For more information, or to join the Chai Mitzvah Rosh Chodesh Group contact Nancy Bosco by October 21. Back to top.

Online opportunities and Podcasts

A Dram & A Drash

Rabbi Gurevitz launched a new podcast this past September, with new episodes each month. Through guest interviews she explores Jewish family stories, culture, ideas and beliefs over a 'wee dram' of whisky. The podcast is a little bit whisky education and a lot of Jewish culture.  Learn more here and subscribe to the Youtube channel , apple podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts. Back to top.

Coming Soon: Eitz Chayim Parent Podcast
It is hard to make time for life-long learning in traditional class settings when you are at the life-stage of supporting your children's learning and extra-curricula activities. So we're bringing the learning to you! This audio-only podcast series will cover topics that are taught in our Eitz Chayim Religious school curriculum in short bites that busy parents can listen to on a morning jog, walking the dog, or commute.

Previous adult learning programs
A number of previously hosted adult learning seminars, along with High Holy Day sermons, and other resources can be found on the playlists on the Congregation B'nai Shalom Youtube channel. Subscribe to the channel to receive alerts of new uploads.

Interested in something that you don't see? Be in touch!
Interested in celebrating an Adult b'nei mitzvah? Want to learn how to read Hebrew or brush up on your skills? Have an idea for a Jewish cultural learning events or short series? Drop Rabbi Gurevitz a line and help to shape the winter and spring season of adult learning. Back to top.

Fri, March 24 2023 2 Nisan 5783