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2022-2023 Classes

Exploring Jewish Living

Exploring Jewish Living with Beth Huppin: A basic introduction to Judaism, including holidays, texts, and home traditions and a Hebrew class (below).  This is our required course for conversion students.  Registration deadline is 11/1.  Late registration is accepted only with permission of instructor.

Hebrew Classes

Hebrew 1 with Mihal Bat-Or: Eliminate angst and build confidence while learning the Hebrew alphabet and gaining Hebrew reading competence. Come prepared for energized, spirited practice guaranteed to lay the foundation for your love of Hebrew. Year-long class begin in Oct 2022.  New students welcome mid-year.

Beyond the Aleph Bet 2nd Semester 2022-23 with Gus Feliu: This class focuses on developing proficiency in reading and understanding Biblical Hebrew. Over the 12 weeks of class you’ll have the opportunity to practice sight reading, grow your vocabulary, become familiar with Hebrew grammar and develop your skills as a translator.  We will also spend some time learning to write in and read the cursive Hebrew alphabet. New semester begins Feb. 7, 2023. 

Prayerbook Hebrew & You, 2nd Semester 2022-23  with Sharon Greenberg: This class will increase your familiarity with the Siddur (prayerbook), building vocabulary, grammar, and understanding of the structure and meaning of prayers based on learning Hebrew roots. We will use the Siddur itself as our main textbook, with student interest informing the prayers we study. New semester begins Feb. 7, 2023.

Yiddish Classes

Intermediate Yiddish, 2nd Semester 2022-23 with Marianne Tatom: This class will help you develop intermediate Yiddish skills, including reading comprehension, conversation, and translation.  Prerequisite: open to students who have completed Intermediate Yiddish at Beth Shalom OR to others with prior instructor approval.  New semester starts Jan. 17, 2023.

Text Study

Talmud as Philosophy with Rabbi Ira Stone: This class is intended to raise the question: What is the Talmud? And to propose as the answer to this question: a unique approach to philosophic thinking, different from the development of philosophy in the West, specifically, in the mode of Greek philosophy. Jan 11 – Feb 15, 2023 (6 sessions)

The Zohar: Deep Dives and Overarching Themes in our Most Foundational Mystical Text with Rabbi Fern Feldman
The Zohar, or Book of Splendor, a multi-volume work written in 13th century Spain and rooted in ancient traditions, is Judaism's foundational text of Kabbalah. We will study a range of passages that explore some of the Zohar's major themes, including Creation, the Sefirot (Kabbalistic tree of life), the Shechinah, the river flowing from Eden, G-d and Torah. We will read texts both in English translation and in the original Aramaic.  Jan. 18 – Feb. 1, 2023 (3 sessions)

Food & Friends 5783
Join Food and Friends to connect with a small group (8-10 people) of Beth Shalom members during five monthly meetings on Sundays. Share a meal, along with studying a curriculum prepared by Rabbi Rose. This year, there will be both virtual and in-person groups, with in-person groups open only to those who are vaccinated and virtual groups open to everyone.  It is too late to sign up for Food and Friends 5783.  Please check back with us in Fall of 2023. 

Additional Learning Opportunities




Wed, March 29 2023 7 Nisan 5783