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Lifelong Learning for Adults


See our accomplishments in Lifelong Learning for 2022-2023

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. 20, 2023

The Challah Prince

Dec. 3, 4:00 p.m., at Temple Beth Shalom

Get excited for a special event at our congregation on December 3, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. World-renowned artistic challah baker Idan Chabasov, known as the "Challah Prince," is coming to Temple Beth Shalom! 

Our congregational family and community members will gather together in the social hall to share this fun and unique experience. Braid your own challah along with the Challah Prince, and then take it home to bake in your own oven. Idan will also demonstrate and teach his own technique.

This wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will bring together our temple and community members while learning new ways to observe our traditions.

Registration for members open now! 

The cost to attend this event is $36 per person. Ages 12 and up welcome. Please order your tickets by Nov. 1; no refunds will be available after that date.

Temple Beth Shalom members will receive priority registration; if space allows, the event will be open to additional community members.

Not familiar yet with the Challah Prince? Prepare to be awed by the baking artistry he shares worldwide:

Recipes & Reminiscing

Stay tuned for the next class!

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




Who by Fire? Who by Water? Exploring the Un’taneh Tokef Liturgy
September 5 (Zoom, 7:00 p.m.) & September 25 (in person at Yom Kippur afternoon study sessions, 2:45pm)
In person location TBD
Free for members

Register here


No tickets required for members for this in-person study session. To enter the campus, you may show any QR code from one of your High Holy Days tickets to the guard shack. If you do not have any High Holy Days tickets, please contact our office before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, to obtain a parking pass.

During the Days of Awe we add the Un'taneh Tokef to our liturgy. You are invited to explore this liturgy in a two-part class, Who by Fire? Who by Water?

First, on Sept. 5 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom, Rabbi Steinman will lead a session about the history, theology, and meaning of this prayer. Then, on Yom Kippur afternoon during an in-person study session led by Mark Salmanson, we will consider creative interpretations of this liturgy, like that of Leonard Cohen. Please join us for one or both of these sessions as we prepare ourselves to welcome 5784.


Are You There, God? An Exploration of What We Do and Do Not Believe

Register here. For Temple Beth Shalom members only.

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 7:00 p.m., in person at Temple Beth Shalom


Join Rabbi Steinman and Rabbi Hall to delve into the realm of Jewish ideas about God, theology, holiness, and our own beliefs. 

Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 2.

Each participant will need a copy of Thinking about God: Jewish Views by Rabbi Kari H. Tuling


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.

Coming in October: Torah Study in Person for Temple Members
Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2
9:00 a.m.
Room 202-203 at Temple Beth Shalom

Been longing to meet in person for Torah study? Come to our studies at the temple building on the first Shabbat of the month in Oct., Nov., and Dec.! (All other Torah study sessions in those months will be on Zoom.) After December, we will evaluate whether to continue Torah Study in person, based on participant interest. See you there!


Kol Hakavod Ensemble

Do you sing? Play a musical instrument? Join the Kol Hakavod ("Voice of Honor") Ensemble, our congregational choir and instrumental group!Kol Hakavod is both a dedicated choral and instrumental ensemble and an opportunity for ongoing adult education. Being a choir member provides you with a unique opportunity to explore Jewish music from the past and present under the guidance of Cantor Abby Gostein. See more information and fill out our participation form here.


Reading Rabbis With Rabbi Steinman
Every second Tuesday of the month, from noon-1:00 p.m.

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.



Learn to Read Hebrew for Adults
Ten one-hour online classes, $225 (scholarships available)

Register here

Learn to Read Hebrew for Adults from the URJ is now enrolling! Familiarity with Hebrew can be a key to feeling at home in the Jewish community. Ten live, online class sessions with experienced Hebrew educators and a community of learners, coupled with independent practice between sessions, will enable students to master the alef-bet and recognize and understand common Hebrew words and phrases that are often heard in Reform congregational life. This course assumes no prior Hebrew experience. A true beginner's course! After registration, students are given the Zoom link for our live classes, a link to purchase the workbook, and access to extensive online course materials. Tuition is $225 and scholarships are available upon request.  


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. Interested? Contact us for information about future opportunities.


URJ Classes

The URJ has a great slate of classes and events coming up this fall! In addition to Learn to Read Hebrew for Adults (listed above), check out this offering:

Reading Hebrew Prayers

Register now for cohorts beginning in September or November 2023. Continue your Hebrew learning in a new six-session course which focuses on reading and understanding key prayers in the Shabbat evening service. Designed for Learn to Read Hebrew alumni, this course is open to anyone interested in exploring the meaning of Hebrew prayers.


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! 



Dara Horn, Author

A lively and thought-provoking discussion about Horn's controversial new essay collection People Love Dead Jews.


Jai Chakrabarti, Author

Jai Chakrabarti explores unexpected avenues to discovering family and identity in his new short story collection.

Subscribe to the College Commons Podcast to listen to our full archive of episodes.



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.

Sat, September 23 2023 8 Tishrei 5784