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 

Jewish Mindfulness and Meditation (6-week beginner course), with Donna Rubenoff, begins October 29 from 7:30-8:30 pm. To register, contact  Lynn Burke, (781) 235-8419 x211.

TBElle Lunch and Learn Program, Tuesday, October, 28 at noon.  TBE member Les Goldstein leads the discussion: Teddy Roosevelt—Outstanding Diplomat or Outlaw Imperialist. Advanced registration is not required.

Joyful Parenting, led by Rabbi Marcia Plumb, begins Friday morning, October 31, from 10:30-11:15 am.  This class will run for five consecutive weeks. Click here to register

Bad Jews, presented at SpeakEasy in Boston, on Saturday, November 1 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $50 each, and space is limited. There are a some tickets left. To reserve your seat, please contact  Lynn Burke, (781) 235-8419 x211. 

Exploring Hebrew Poetry, with Rabbinic Intern, Emily Langowitz, begins Sunday morning, November 2 from 10:00-11:00 amClick here to register

Spoken Modern Hebrew (Beginner course): with Sigalit Davis, begins this Sunday morning, November 2 from 9:00-11:00 am. Click here to register

Conversational Hebrew (Advanced course): with Sigalit Davis , begins this Sunday morning, November 2 from 11:15-1:15 pmClick here to register

Spiritual Attunement: Hasidic Reflections on Holistic Jewish Living, is a three class series with our visiting scholar, Rabbi Or Rose, on November 3, 10 & 17 from 7:30-9:00 pm. Click here to register

Four Thousand Years in Six Weeks: A Cursory Course on Jewish History, led by congregant Len Sommer, begins Wednesday evening, November 5 from 7:15-9:00 pm.  This class meets for six sessions, running through December 17. Click here to register

Shabbat 101: A one evening event, Wednesday, November 12, from 7:30-9:00 pm. Make Shabbat more attainable and meaningful for your family! Discussion led by Rabbi Rachel Saphire, and challah making led by Michelle Black.  
Reservations are required to attend. Click here to RSVP by Wednesday October 29.

Nefesh l’Nefesh (Soul to Soul) Engaging in Spiritual Relationships 
Adult Jewish Living Shabbat Retreat 

Come celebrate the possibilities of Shabbat away from home. Experience a Shabbat filled with sacred time, music, laughter and learning. Join Alison Kur and Rabbi Philip Sherman as we explore the relationships of our biblical ancestors and begin to discover how their spiritual messages bring meaning to our lives today. For additional information, contact Rabbi Philip Sherman, (781) 235-8419 x208.  
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November 14-15, 2014  

Wylie Inn, Beverly, Massachusetts 

$175 per person shared occupancy. $225 single occupancy. Costs are inclusive of overnight accommodations and three meals. 

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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