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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.

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

Special Online Opportunities

Updated June 26, 2020

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


One-Time or Short-Term Classes

Identity After Conversion: The Joys & Oys of Choosing a Jewish Life

Full & Closed.

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Virtual)
June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21 

Facilitated by Jennifer Braham

Whether you’ve converted recently, or your bet din was many (many) years ago, this group is a space for converts to reflect about the role that Judaism plays in our lives and identities. It’s also an opportunity to dig deeper and explore the confusing, challenging, or unique aspects of choosing a Jewish life. With a weekly topic to guide our discussion, we’ll explore and celebrate our perspectives in an informal setting. Because this group is specific to discussing the convert’s experience, it is not open to spouses or loved ones or those currently in the conversion process. In order to provide a consistent space, the group is limited to 10 Temple Beth Shalom members, and participants are asked to commit to attending each session. Come with an open mind and be prepared to share personal insights and stories! 
Email Jennifer Braham with interest:


Tisha B'Av: Beginning the Sacred Journey to the High Holy Days

Wednesday, July 29
7:00 p.m. 

Join by Zoom

Led by Rabbi Alan Freedman

As members of the Jewish people, our history is a vital part of our Jewish identity. Tisha B’Av commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temples as well as the exile of the Jewish people from our native land. The Book of Lamentations captures these events in the starkest terms and so we will share excerpts from that document as well as explore themes around the historical significance surrounding these events. Tisha B’Av also marks the lowest emotional and spiritual point in the Jewish calendar. It is from here that we begin our sacred journey to the High Holy Days, each week rising a little more from the ashes. Please plan to join us for this moving program and discussion.


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

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.






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