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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!

Online Opportunities

Updated Dec. 2, 2020

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


One-Time or Short-Term Classes


Recipes & Reminiscing:

Chanukah and Sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts)

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2:00 p.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.
Class conducted on Zoom (link sent after registration)
Free of charge 


Please join us to schmooze, share Chanukah recipes and traditions, and learn how to make sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts). Together we will make the yeast dough at the start of class. While your dough is rising, you will watch the demo on how to roll/cut/let the dough rise again, and finally, fry delicious sufganiyot. (You will fry your own later.) We will schmooze and share recipes in between the second rise and frying. All are welcome! If you just wish to watch/schmooze only, that is fine as well!

Register Here

You will receive the Zoom link and ingredients/materials list by email.



Ongoing Opportunities to Learn and Connect


Lunch and Schmooze for Congregants Living Alone

Led by Cantor Gostein 
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:

Special Winter Break Course, Plus Three Winter 2021 Classes

Temple Beth Shalom is pleased to offer Project Zug courses to our members! Connect with your community through weekly 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 about our three new classes for Winter 2021.  


Introduction to Hebrew

Sundays, beginning Nov. 8 (with breaks for holidays), 12 sessions
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Plus Book: 
Shalom Uvrachah (see below)

Register Now

This is an interactive class so students are expected to participate with video and audio. This class introduces the letters, basic vowels, and simple reading. Class is limited to 10 students but we will wait list if there is higher demand and consider adding a second section.

Class cost includes a packet of support materials that can be picked up from the instructor or mailed. Students will be expected to purchase the textbook Shalom Uvrachah separately. The book 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.

 Any registration questions, please contact Marissa Wright at

Any questions about class content or format, please contact Rivkah Shieber at


Adult B'nai Mitzvah Program

Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce that the Adult B’nai Mitzvah Program will begin in January 2021. This program will include 15 months of study, Hebrew language learning, and the opportunity learn alongside fellow members, clergy, and Jewish educators. The cohort will conclude with the simcha of a shared b’nai mitzvah on March 19, 2022.  Space is limited to 10 members. See more details.



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.






Fri, December 4 2020 18 Kislev 5781