Below are classes that occur regularly. We also offer a variety of lectures and discussions throughout the year. See our calendar for a complete listing.
Beginning Hebrew Literacy
Learn to read Hebrew in six weeks! 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.
Adult Bible Study
Led by congregant teacher Roz Schulman, the group reads and discusses one or more books of the Bible each year, 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.
Sundays when Torah La’am is in session and select Sundays during the summer, 10:00 – 11:30 AM.
Parashah of the Week with Rabbi Bronstein
Rabbi Bronstein leads a tour of the “Par’shat Hashavua,” the Torah portion of the week. The class will look at plot, themes, language, poetry, theology, history, and of course, commentary. The class is intended to be stimulating for the adept AND a worthwhile learning experience for novices, including non-Hebrew readers.
Wednesday evenings, 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Talmud with Rabbi Bronstein
The morning study group makes its way through the Steinsaltz translation and commentary on the Talmud. Good food for thought and good company. You can drop in anytime or become a regular. No prerequisites other than a love of Jewish learning.
Thursday mornings, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Yiddish Conversation Circle
We enjoy our Yiddish heritage and deepen and broaden our familiarity with this language. We talk together, learn and farbreng tsuzamen. The group is bilingual. There are lesson plans and singing in Yiddish.
Tuesday afternoons, 1:00 PM
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 BAS ritual committee sponsors a “gabbai college” to train congregants to act as “gabbai” on Shabbat and at other services.
Scholar in Residence
We gather for an annual weekend of study with a guest scholar.
Bet Am Shalom members create their own original Jewish short stories, which they read in the spring.