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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.

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 May 16, 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

Be on the lookout for our next class!


Want to view the recipes compiled from each meeting of Recipes & Reminiscing? Check them out here!



Cooking in Community

Remaining Tuesdays in 2022: August 2, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom 

Donations appreciated

Registration for the August class 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. 


Temple Beth Shalom Book Club

Join other Temple Beth Shalom congregants online as we explore a Jewish-themed book every month. No time to read the book this month? Join us anyway for the great discussion.

For this month's book info, visit our calendar event page. For other questions or to RSVP, contact us.



One-Time or Short-Term Education Offerings


Talmud on Tuesdays
Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.

Remaining date: June 14

Free for members; $18 donation requested for non-members

Register here

Let's dive into the sea of Talmud together. Whether you are new to Talmud study or familiar with many sugiyot, this class is for you. Join Rabbi Steinman on Zoom as we study passages together once a month.


Deciphering the Language of Cantillation With Cantor Abby Gostein

Wednesday, May 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m., in person

Register here

Since the time of Ezra, public Torah portions have been read with tonal inflections to convey the drama and the meanings in the text. Come learn about the development of the trope systems we use today for chanting Torah and other sacred texts of the Tanach. Learn what trope (cantillation) marks look like and how they function to bring Torah text to life. Come away with the ability to chant your first trope phrase!


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.


Learning and Action on Climate Change
Sundays beginning March 6
7:00 p.m., online

Register here
Are you ready to take your next step toward caring for our environment?  Inspired by the shmitta year, Congregation Agudas Achim is leading a 4-part series, open to the entire community, focused on learning and action around climate change.


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.


Opportunities to Engage and Connect

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.

HUC Highlights for Spring 2022

Reparations and Jewish Thought
Tuesday, May 10, at 1:00 Central

There is no doubt America was built by enslaved people. Though many argue whether anything is owed to their descendants, Judaism strongly disagrees.

These Truths We Hold
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 2:30 pm Central
One might have assumed that the clinical reality of a global pandemic would crystallize shared notions of truth. In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the “truth crisis” and made the issues animating Symposium 2: Judaism in the Age of Truthiness, brainchild of Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., z”l, more urgent. Rabbi Joshua Garroway, Ph.D., and Rabbi Wendy Zierler, Ph.D., editors of These Truths We Hold: Judaism in an Age of Truthiness, an outgrowth of the Symposium project, will present an overview of the book and engage Dr. Jeremy Brown on questions not addressed in the book since the Symposium preceded the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the book includes a chapter on Judaism, Science, and Truth, the pandemic has raised additional issues around medicine, public and communal policy, and truth.

Women in the Rabbinate
Tuesday, June 7, at 1:00 pm Central
Rabbi Sally Priesand with Rabbi Denise L. Eger, Congregation Kol-Ami
50 years after HUC-JIR ordained the first woman rabbi in America, it’s time to assess progress. What have we achieved and what remains for us to accomplish?

Learn more and register for all free HUC classes here



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