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Adult Learning

At Congregation Beth Jacob, we are a center of learning, and we invite everyone in our community to start anywhere and find their own center. Studying our texts, traditions, rituals, and practices is a lifelong pursuit, so each year we offer many opportunities to sample paths of growth, experience, and curiosity.

Upcoming Events

All Events
  • Saturday ,
    MarMarch  9 , 2024
    Who are the Jewish People? The Story of a Hand

    Shabbat, Mar 9th 1:30p to 3:00p
    Explore what it means to belong to a small nation and a large family. Investigate the primary difference between religious and ethnic identity. Trace the origins of the words “Judea” and “Palestine.”


  • Saturday ,
    MarMarch  9 , 2024
    “How to Respond” to Anti-Israel Narrative: Case Studies

    Motzei Shabbat, Mar 9th 7:30p to 9:00p
    The Jewish People are no strangers to lies told about them: from blood libel to the lie of world domination found in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, in the era of the Jewish state, the lies told about Israel are just as damaging. From labeling Israel, a colonizer or accusing Israel of genocide, the intent is to demonize and delegitimize Israel. Learn how to counter these narratives via case studies.


  • Sunday ,
    MarMarch  10 , 2024
    Jewish Identity Over Car Rides and Dinners

    Sunday, Mar 10th 10:30a to 12:00p
    We don’t have to be teachers or scholars to have meaningful and impactful conversations with our children about what it means to be a Jew. Using our own stories, and in particular, thinking back to the ways our parents and grandparents discussed being Jewish with us, can guide our conversation with our kids over car rides and dinners. Join Naya, a Jewish educator and mom, as she presents ways of having meaningful conversations that will empower our children.


Ongoing Classes

Adult B'nai Mitzvah

Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

A two- to three-year course of study with Rabbi Ezray, Cantor Barbara, and Bill. The class studies the mitzvot, prayer, holidays, synagogue skills, history, life cycle, and theology in depth.

For anyone who wishes to deepen their sense of Judaism, whether you had a B'nai Mitzvah at age 13 or not. The program culminates in a Shabbat morning service together.

Torah Study

Shabbat Mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

The capstone of lifelong learning at CBJ is this lively and sometimes intense weekly journey deep into the Torah landscape.  Here, a growing group of Torah explorers comes together every Saturday to travel the twists and turns verse by verse, guided by Rabbi Ezray and Bill Futornick. You’ll never look at Torah quite the same way again. Speaking is encouraged but not required!

Mondays With Meaning

Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

The Monday class brings Jewish texts alive, finding in our ancestors' writing deep relevance for our lives today.  The class is taught by Rabbi Ilana, and the tone is one of mutual learning and growth by all. 

Weekly Adult Learning

Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

An ongoing group of Torah study each week with Bill. No previous experience necessary. Join us! Please note, this weekly class is currently on hiatus while Bill is on sabbatical and will return in August 2023.

Midrash Rabbah

Thursdays from 12:15 to 1:00p.m.

Rabbi Ilana is guiding this class in studying Midrash Rabbah.  Working with the original text in Hebrew, the class is both a lesson in Hebrew language and rabbinic interpretation of Torah. This class is over Zoom. Please email Rabbi Ilana for the Zoom link.

Mon, March 4 2024 24 Adar I 5784