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Lifelong Learning for Adults


See our accomplishments in Lifelong Learning for 2021-2022

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.

Non-members, complete our Membership Inquiry Form for information about membership and congregational life.

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

Updated Sept. 14, 2022

Ongoing Education Opportunities

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 us to receive more information about taking part in Torah Study. Free for members and non-members.


Recipes & Reminiscing: Rugelach for Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, Sept. 11, 3:30 p.m.

Did you miss this class? You can still see the recipes and bake rugelach on your own! Want to view the recipes compiled from this and other meetings of Recipes & Reminiscing? Check them out here!



Cooking in Community

December 6, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom 

Donations appreciated

Registration to come

Grab your spatulas! Cooking in Community invites Jewish guest chefs to teach and then lead participants in a live cooking demonstration. We aim to share joy and delight as we learn together about culinary delights of our heritage. This program is a collaboration between Congregation Agudas Achim, Temple Beth Shalom, and Congregation Beth Israel. 

One-Time or Short-Term Education Offerings

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

With Dr. Rosa Schnyer, congregant at Temple Beth Shalom

First three sessions were on Sept. 6, 13, and 20 on Zoom. 

Fourth session on Wednesday, Oct. 5, Yom Kippur, in person at Temple Beth Shalom (members only, ticket required, no additional charge). Register for the fourth session here.

“Teshuva begins with a turn towards the heart… turning from our gaze out at the world to the window through which we see the world."  --Rabbi Alan Lew

Join us with fellow congregant Dr. Rosa Schnyer as we prepare for the High Holidays. The weeks leading up to the High Holidays offer us an opportunity to slow down, pause, and reflect, to return to the Divine Presence within and around. Yet they are often the most hectic days of the year, as we emerge from the casual relaxation of summer, and prepare to restart our usual routine, the ebb and flow of our human life.

Ease gradually, yet wholeheartedly, into the spirit of forgiveness and Teshuva, arriving to Yom Kippur with a bit more clarity, awareness, vitality and peace. Let us prepare to take in the New Year, with a renewed sense of serenity, perspective and connection.

• Jewish Inspired Mindfulness Meditation

• Gentle movement and breathing to reset and recalibrate

• Self-Inquiry and Reflection


Reading Rabbis With Rabbi Steinman
Tuesdays at noon from Sept. 13-May 9

Register here

Join Rabbi Steinman once per month to learn a text from rabbinic literature that will help to inform the ways we make decisions today. Learn more.


Trope Club (Learn to Chant Torah!)

Sept. 18-Dec. 11, 1:35-2:15 p.m.

Current class is full. Contact us with interest in a future class.

You are invited to join Trope Club with Cantor Gostein, a class in which you will learn the basics for chanting from the Torah. Prerequisite: Ability to decode Hebrew letters and vowels. It is ok if you are not super-speedy at pronouncing multi-syllabic words but knowing an “ah” from an “ee” and a “b” from a “sh” is needed. Recognizing basic words like “Shalom” and “Yisrael” is helpful as well.


Congregational Trip to Israel

May 30-June 7, 2023

Travel to Israel with your temple friends! Rabbi Ellie Steinman and Kelly Finkel will lead the trip, which is appropriate for all ages, from May 30-June 7, 2023. The tour will encompass Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Galilee, and Tel Aviv. An optional trip extension to Jordan is also available. See more information.



Learn to Read Hebrew for Adults
Ten online classes, $180

Register here

Now enrolling! This URJ class is designed for complete beginners to gain fluency and confidence in decoding the aleph-bet.




Create a Silk-Painted Tallit

Registration now closed. Please contact us to express interest in a future class.

In-person, hands-on classes at the temple on Sundays from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., beginning Aug. 14 and ending Sept. 18, 2022

$75 cost to attend

Members, join Kelly Finkel to learn how to create your own silk painted tallit during this five-session workshop. You will go from design to finished project in time to wear your creation at Rosh Hashanah services. Class is limited to eight participants, age post-b'nai mitzvah to adult. Learn more.


Adult B'nai Mitzvah Program
The Adult B'nai Mitzvah Program includes 15 months of study, Hebrew language learning, and the opportunity learn alongside fellow members, clergy, and Jewish educators. The first cohort of students concluded with the simcha of a shared b’nai mitzvah on March 19 and April 2, 2022.  Interested? Contact us for information about future opportunities.




Lunch and Schmooze for Congregants Living Alone

Led by Cantor Gostein 
Every other Thursday, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Temple Beth Shalom members, please contact us 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.


Offerings from HUC

Explore the high-quality classes offered by HUC—the premier Jewish seminary in North America and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. Best of all, the classes are free to all temple members! 


Conversations on Judaism & Civil Society

Hebrew Union College presents conversations that bring social scientific rigor as well as a Jewish lens on pressing concerns of our civic life today, including race and identity, elections, prison reform, and religious voices on social justice issues. Explore the offerings.



Tue, October 4 2022 9 Tishrei 5783