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 Adult Learning

Ongoing, robust engagement with Jewish tradition, ideas, history, and culture is a central tenet of the Beth Sholom community. We offer a regular schedule of weekly classes and Torah study sessions, complemented by Shabbat Lunch and Learn events, which attract Jewish thinkers from a broad range of fields.

Highlights of the year include:

  • Annual Shabbaton, in which our members become our teachers for a Shabbat of retreat, study, and community
  • The Rabbi Barry Schaeffer Scholar-in-Residence program, a series of lectures over Shabbat featuring a leading Jewish intellectual
  • Artists Beit Midrash, where members meet with a rabbi and artist for text study and then interpret that text in the medium of their choice
  • Annual lecture series including the Alfred and Rose Buchman Memorial Fine Arts Lecture,  the Ilana Sasson Memorial Lecture, and the M&M Holocaust Program
  • Book clubs and discussions - We have many book clubs including Hug Ivri (which reads Israeli novels in Hebrew);  the Sisterhood Book Club, and a new Israeli Book discussion which reads Israeli books in translation. We also participate in the One Book, One Community program
  • Each spring Congregations Beth Sholom and Rinat Yisrael come together for an Annual Community Beit Midrash where members learn together in hevrutah and a shiur is given by the congregations' rabbis.  This event rotates between taking place at Beth Sholom and Rinat Yisrael.

Click here to view recordings of recent past programs.

 

 
All Events
  • Thursday ,
    FebFebruary  2 , 2023
     
     
    Learning with Rabbi Pitkowsky - Conquest, Chaos and Kings

    Thursday, Feb 2nd 10:00 AM
    Join Rabbi Pitkowsky as he explores the books of the Former Prophets (beginning with II Samuel.) This class will be held on zoom, no experience studying Tanach is necessary, and all texts will be supplied by Rabbi Pitkowsky.

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  • Tuesday ,
    FebFebruary  7 , 2023
     
     
    Judaism and End of Life Care

    Tuesday, Feb 7th 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
    What does Judaism say about our responsibility to those near the end of their lives? What do recent changes in American and NJ law mean for our interpretation of ‘Jewish’ end of life care? Join Rabbi Pitkowsky for an in-depth discussion about these pressing and important issues.

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  • Thursday ,
    FebFebruary  9 , 2023
     
     
    Learning with Rabbi Pitkowsky - Conquest, Chaos and Kings

    Thursday, Feb 9th 10:00 AM
    Join Rabbi Pitkowsky as he explores the books of the Former Prophets (beginning with II Samuel.) This class will be held on zoom, no experience studying Tanach is necessary, and all texts will be supplied by Rabbi Pitkowsky.

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  • Monday ,
    FebFebruary  13 , 2023
     
     
    Challenging Conversations About Israel

    Monday, Feb 13th 8:30 PM to 9:45 PM
    As religious and political extremism have moved from the fringes to the mainstream in Israel, Diaspora Jews who are involved with and attached to Israel are facing new dilemmas. How do we relate to and talk about the changes that are marginalizing non-Orthodox Jews and undermining basic values that we have shared since the founding of the State? This opt-in group will meet three times (January 9, February 13 and March 13) to discuss and share concerns about these current developments in Israel. If you would like to join, please send an email to erscohen@gmail.com with the subject heading Challenging Conversations. We will listen respectfully to each other’s views and opinions, while we engage in heartfelt debate and discussion. Elaine Shizgal Cohen, EdD, will serve as the moderator of these sessions.

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  • Tuesday ,
    FebFebruary  14 , 2023
     
     
    Judaism and End of Life Care

    Tuesday, Feb 14th 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
    What does Judaism say about our responsibility to those near the end of their lives? What do recent changes in American and NJ law mean for our interpretation of ‘Jewish’ end of life care? Join Rabbi Pitkowsky for an in-depth discussion about these pressing and important issues.

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  • Thursday ,
    FebFebruary  16 , 2023
     
     
    Learning with Rabbi Pitkowsky - Conquest, Chaos and Kings

    Thursday, Feb 16th 10:00 AM
    Join Rabbi Pitkowsky as he explores the books of the Former Prophets (beginning with II Samuel.) This class will be held on zoom, no experience studying Tanach is necessary, and all texts will be supplied by Rabbi Pitkowsky.

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  • Thursday ,
    FebFebruary  16 , 2023
     
     
    Torah on Tap - "Was Honi right? The fight between normative practice and spontaneity from the Talmud to today"

    Thursday, Feb 16th 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
    With Rabbi Efrem Reis

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  • Thursday ,
    FebFebruary  23 , 2023
     
     
    Repair the World - Abortion in Jewish Thought

    Thursday, Feb 23rd 8:15 PM to 9:45 PM
    Send Letters of Gratitude to Abortion Providers- Abortion providers are working against numerous barriers: their already hard jobs have become even more difficult as the abortion access landscape continues to shift dramatically. Join Repair the World for a discussion on reproductive justice (including why it’s so hard to find an abortion provider in the first place & what changes are we seeing to clinics’ offerings across the country) grounded in Jewish learning and write letters of gratitude to providers thanking them for their courage, dedication, and resilience.

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  • Thursday ,
    MarMarch  2 , 2023
     
     
    Learning with Rabbi Pitkowsky - Conquest, Chaos and Kings

    Thursday, Mar 2nd 10:00 AM
    Join Rabbi Pitkowsky as he explores the books of the Former Prophets (beginning with II Samuel.) This class will be held on zoom, no experience studying Tanach is necessary, and all texts will be supplied by Rabbi Pitkowsky.

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  • Thursday ,
    MarMarch  9 , 2023
     
     
    Learning with Rabbi Pitkowsky - Conquest, Chaos and Kings

    Thursday, Mar 9th 10:00 AM
    Join Rabbi Pitkowsky as he explores the books of the Former Prophets (beginning with II Samuel.) This class will be held on zoom, no experience studying Tanach is necessary, and all texts will be supplied by Rabbi Pitkowsky.

    MORE INFO

 

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