Adult Learning Overview

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We are delighted you are exploring learning opportunities at Temple Beth Elohim, where we offer a full portfolio of programs and courses for lifelong learning.  Some courses are year-long, others meet for a few sessions only; some programs provide in-depth study, some programs offer an intriguing introduction to a topic. You'll see that adult learners have options!  With topics as varied as Jewish text study, mussar, writing, Israel-based programs, art, Hebrew language study, Jewish cooking and much more, there's a program for most everyone.  Enriching all learning opportunities are insightful and gifted instructors who will help guide and nurture our community in study together.  

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Upcoming Programs & Events 


Jews in the Civil Rights Movement, led by Yoni Kadden of Gann Academy, meets Monday, January 5 & 12, 7:30-9:30 pm. Register with Lynn Burke or (781) 235-8419 x211. 

Two of the enduring images of the Civil Rights movement are of Abraham Joshua Heschel marching with Martin Luther King, and of the brutal murders of Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Jews are indeed proud—and deservedly so—of their participation in the Civil Rights movement. But these images capture only part of the story.  In the South, particularly in the states in which the Civil Rights battles were occurring, many Jews had a different perspective on the movement. How then do we speak about “Jews in the Civil Rights Movement?”

Jewish Mindfulness and Meditation (Advanced course), with Donna Rubenoff, the second 8-class session begins Thursday, January 8, from 7:30-8:30 pm (dates are January 8, 15, 22 & 29, February 5, 12 & 28, March 12). Click here to register. Registration fee is $110. A third 8-class session will begin March 26.

Blessings: Life Challenges & Transitions, with Rabbi Marcia Plumb, meets Thursdays from 7:30-9:00 pm, January 8, 15, 22 &29 and February 5. Register with Lynne Burke, or (781) 235-8419 x211. Class  fee is $90.    

Living Torah 21 Shabbat Dinner, Friday evening, January 30 (following services). Register with Lynn Burke (781) 235-8419 x211. Dinner cost is $20 per person.

As always, should there be a cost involved with a program, it should not be a barrier to participation.  If you would like to participate, but cannot afford the fee, please contact Alison Kur (781) 235-8419 x213, or Rabbi Philip Sherman (781) 235-8419 x208, for a confidential conversation. 

Our Adult Learning Vision 

A community of individuals discovering and strengthening our connection to Judaism.       

Our Adult Learning Mission

The mission of Adult Learning at Temple Beth Elohim is to touch the heart, engage the mind and move the soul of each member.  Through lifelong exploration of the nuance, complexity and joy of living in a Jewish way, each person strives to become more knowledgeable and discover practice, meaning, spirituality and connection to the Jewish community.  The experiences we offer are welcoming, challenging and accessible at a variety of levels with the goal of fostering the spiritual journey and a passionate connection to Judaism and Temple Beth Elohim. --adopted by the Temple Beth Elohim Task Force, May 2011.

For more information about adult learning programs or help with registration, please contact Lynn Burke Executive Assistant,, 781.235.8419 x211.  

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