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Lifelong Learning for Adults


We believe that learning is a central part of life for both adults and children. Our adult learning community is an integral part of many members' lives in their lifelong pursuit of Jewish literacy and personal growth.

Our programs are driven by the diverse interests of our members.  We provide learning opportunities that are accessible to learners at all levels of understanding. See detailed listings of our current Lifelong Learning offerings below.

Temple Beth Shalom members, want to be added to the Lifelong Learning email list? Log in to your account and add lifelong learning to your subscriptions.

Have ideas for a class you'd like to lead? Submit our proposal form!

Special Online Opportunities

Updated Sept. 24, 2020

All opportunities below are offered online and by phone through Zoom. See how to use Zoom.


One-Time or Short-Term Classes


The Living Breath of God: In Quest of Teshuva and Forgiveness

Thursdays: Sept. 10, 17, 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 28 at 2:00 p.m.(Yom Kippur afternoon)

Instructor: Rosa N. Schnyer
This time of the year offers an opportunity to slow down and pause, to return to the Divine Presence within and around. Yet it often comes at one of the most hectic times of the year. Ease into the spirit of forgiveness and returning to the sacred in our lives. Arrive to Yom Kippur with clarity, awareness, vitality, and peace. Learn more and register.


What's Your Favorite Holiday Dessert?
Sunday, Sept. 13, 1:00 p.m.
Register for this Zoom series

Free of charge 
Let's talk Jewish food! Recipes & Reminiscing is a new online class for members to share memories of favorite holiday foods--and the recipes themselves. In September, we'll focus on honey cake or other High Holy Day foods. See the details. Also, see the history of honey cake and contribute your own recipes.


Ongoing Opportunities to Learn and Connect


Lunch and Schmooze for Congregants Living Alone

Led by Cantor Gostein (Guest Host This Week is Rabbi Cohen)
Thursdays, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Temple Beth Shalom members, please email Marissa Wright at to obtain the password to join this meeting.

Join by Zoom (video)
Join by phone (audio only): Call 346-248-7799 and enter meeting ID 722-036-738 when prompted.


Project Zug Online Learning: New Fall 2020 Classes

Temple Beth Shalom is pleased to offer Project Zug courses to our members! Connect with your community through weekly one-to-one paired (havruta) or small-group learning. Together, Temple Beth Shalom and Project Zug offer self-paced, relevant learning on a wide variety of topics, from the songs of Leonard Cohen, to Jewish philosophy, to social justice. Learn more. 


Introduction to Hebrew

Summer Hebrew classes are now full. Check back for classes offered in Fall 2020!

Sundays, from June 21-August 23, 10 sessions
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Shalom Uvrachah

This beginner's class introduces the letters, basic vowels, and simple reading. We will be using the text Shalom Uvrachah, which is available by itself or bundled with a practice phone app (also available free for online practice). The book comes in 2 formats for writing practice; we recommend the "print" version.

Have questions? Contact instructor Rivkah Shieber at


Torah Study

Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.

Whether you have the Torah memorized, or you haven't read the Torah for years, or you've never read it, this group is open to those interested in delving into the text. Learn what the Torah says and how it is relevant in our daily lives. The group is guided through an insightful and lively discussion led by one of our rabbis, educators, or lay leaders. It is helpful but not at all necessary to have your own Torah. Contact Marissa Wright at to receive more information about taking part in Torah Study. Free for members and non-members.






Mon, September 28 2020 10 Tishrei 5781