A series of summer weeknights of learning led by our talented congregants -- iced tea and discussion with friends.
Bible Text Study
Sundays, starting September 18, 2011 when Hebrew School is in session, 10:00 – 11:30am
Under the guidance of Roz Schulman, this group continues its study of the Major Prophets with the Book of Jeremiah. The group reads and discusses the text, its literary merit, its story and historicity, its place in the Biblical canon, etc. Knowledge of Hebrew is not required - all texts are in English.
Adult Hebrew Literacy & Intro to Basic Judaism
(Optionally Leading to Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah)
Sundays, starting September 11, 2011 when Hebrew School is in session, 9:45 to 11:45am
Adult sessions on Hebrew Reading, taught by Rabbi Fredda Cohen, and Basic Judaism, taught by Eric Levine. Details
Beginning Hebrew Literacy—Learn to read Hebrew in six weeks and be able to say the blessing over the Chanukah candles. This class is for those who do not know Hebrew and for those who need to brush up on their Hebrew reading skills. The national Jewish Outreach provides the textbook and other materials for each student, free of charge. Taught by congregant teacher Lisette Nayor.
Parashah of the week with Rabbi Bronstein
Wednesday evenings, 8:00 – 9:30pm
Talmud with Rabbi Bronstein
Thursday mornings, 10:00 – 11:30am
Yiddush Conversation Circle
Enjoy our Yiddush heritage deepen and broaden our familiarity this language. We talk together, learn and farbreng tsuzamen. The group is bilingual. There are lesson plans and singing in Yiddush.
Tuesday afternoons, 1:00pm
Hebrew Reading Group
Read and discuss modern Israeli literature in Hebrew.
Thursday afternoons, 1:30 - 3:00pm.
Have fun while creating knit or crochet items for needy families. Experienced or novice hands welcome.
Wednesday evenings, once a month, 7:30pm
Short text-based lesson followed by yoga practice. All levels welcome.
Selected Wednesday evenings at 8:00pm
Each year we join members of congregations from across the spectrum of Jewish movements to study together in preparation for the High Holy Days.
Periodically the ritual committee sponsors a "gabbai college" to train congregants to act as "gabbai" on shabbat and at other services.
Bet Am Shalom members create their own original Jewish short stories, which they read in the spring. To read last year's stories, click here.
Mark and Dorothy Kilik Lecture
January 20, 2012
This annual lecture brings prominent writers and artists to Bet Am Shalom. This year's program will be combined with a Congregational Shabbat Dinner and will feature Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller.
Scholar in Residence
March 2-3, 2012
We gather for a weekend of study with a guest scholar. This year's scholar is Rabbi Michael Strassfeld.
Special Scholar Series
In 2008-2009 we celebrated our Rabbi and Cantor’s 20th Anniversary Year at Bet Am Shalom with a robust scholar series that featured Rabbi Larry Hoffman, Rabbi Arthur Green and Dr. Susanah Heschel.