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Beth El encourages everyone to engage in lifelong Jewish learning.
Our classes are open to congregants as well as to friends of the community.


 

Adult Hebrew - Classes Begin September 11, 2022

Members and non-members are welcome to participate.  Members do not need to log-in to the system to register, but if you do log in, you get two benefits: your contact information automatically fills in for you and you can charge this cost to your account or your on-file credit card. 

Cost is $125 for members, $150 for all others.  Members can charge the fee to their Beth El account or pay by credit card (if they log in to the system before registering; non-members must pay by credit card.

Beginner Hebrew: Wednesdays from 7-8pm 

Learn Hebrew letters and decoding. No previous Hebrew exposure necessary.  

Intermediate I: Sundays from 10-11am 

Achieve Hebrew reading fluency. Students should know letters, vowels, and be able to decode. 

Intermediate II: Sundays from 11am-12pm

Deepen your knowledge of Hebrew prayers. Students must be able to decode and have completed Intermediate I or its equivalent.  

*All classes will take place in the Learning Center.*

For Beginner Hebrew and Intermediate I, please make sure you purchase or have Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way. Books and materials will be announced for Intermediate II on the first day of class. 

Register Below

Beginner Hebrew class times will meet on Wednesdays from 7-8pm beginning on September 14. Adult Intermediate Hebrew I and II classes meet on Sundays from 10-11am and 11-12 am starting September 11. 

Classes are held any Sunday there is Religious School.

Classes will be offered in person or on Zoom as necessary. 
 
Members and non-members are welcome to participate.  Members do not need to log-in to the system to register, but if you do log in, you get two benefits: your contact information automatically fills in for you and you can charge this cost to your account or your on-file credit card.

Beginner and Intermediate I students should make sure they have Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way before class begins on September 14. 

Please Contact the Religious School Office for more information

Introduction to Judaism - Online and In Person Options

Ongoing Programs

The Torah Discussion Group meets every Saturday morning at 9, except when High Holidays fall on Shabbat. We discuss the portion of the week, which can be found on the Beth El website calendar.  The Torah Discussion Group has met every Shabbat morning since January 12, 1985.  It was the brain child of Diane and John Rothberg, who had attended a study session at the Biennial the previous year and who convinced then-Rabbi Fink to create a similar group at Beth El. The original announcement stated that sessions would be informal and that the purpose was to deepen our understanding of Torah's meaning for our lives today, and we have been true to that promise.  Every Shabbat since then (except when a High Holiday falls on Shabbat) the Group has met to discuss the parsha of the week.  Some folks come regularly, some drop in when they can.  Many have been coming for several or even many years.  We have explored alternative translations (Everett Fox, Richard Elliott Friedman, Robert Alter) as well as various contemporary commentators.  Currently, we are returning to a close reading of the text, exploring places where things aren't as clear or simple as they look.  Lisa Sheldone maintains an email list and sends a weekly message reminding us of the parsha, with a summary and links to internet resources. Contact Gilah Goldsmith for more information. 

Beth El hosts Interfaith Bible Study sessions on the 3rd Thursday of every month.  Please contact Linda Tolkan if you would like to join the group or be added to the email list.


 

The BEHC Interfaith Programs

The clergy and lay leadership at Beth El work to ensure that all of our study programs address the needs and interests of the following communities:

  • Jews in an interfaith relationship
  • Non-Jewish partners of Beth El members
  • Children of interfaith families
  • Individuals considering or preparing for conversion

Objectives

  • To welcome, support, and educate interfaith families and couples at Beth El
  • To provide opportunities to the Beth El Community to understand the needs, interests, and value of interfaith families and couples
  • To offer information, support, and friendship to those considering or preparing for conversion

Recommended Books

  • Choosing a Jewish Life by Anita Diamant
  • The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An InterfaithFamily.com Book edited by Ronnie Friedland and Edmund Case
  • Introducing My Faith and My Community: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide for the Christian in a Jewish Faith Relationship by Rabbi Kerry M. Olitsky
  • Making a Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide to Opportunities, Challenges and Resources by Rabbi Kerry Olitsky with Joan Peterson Littman

Many of these titles are available from Beth El's Outreach collection located in the library.


 

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