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Adult Education

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

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  • Friday ,
    JanJanuary  13 , 2023
     
     
    Seeing Beyond the Words: Creative Responses to Sacred Texts

    Friday, Jan 13th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Bring along your curiosity, your love of Torah, your creative spirit, and your favorite art supplies. Join us, as we imagine our way into sacred text. No artistic skill is necessary - but you are very likely to go home with deeper insights, stronger connections with one another, and, a unique piece of religious art! We’ll read together, share observations, insights, and personal reflections, and then give creative expression to the meanings we each discover – supporting and learning from one another in the process. Some of us might choose to collage or paint or draw the text’s scene using colors, images, shapes, textures, symbols, or words; others might be moved to write poetry, or compose a piece of music conveying what the text awakens within us. Invite a friend and meet some new ones! RSVP to deborah@bethjacobrwc.org (or email BatyaDale111@gmail.com with questions)

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  • Friday ,
    FebFebruary  10 , 2023
     
     
    Seeing Beyond the Words: Creative Responses to Sacred Texts

    Friday, Feb 10th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Bring along your curiosity, your love of Torah, your creative spirit, and your favorite art supplies. Join us, as we imagine our way into sacred text. No artistic skill is necessary - but you are very likely to go home with deeper insights, stronger connections with one another, and, a unique piece of religious art! We’ll read together, share observations, insights, and personal reflections, and then give creative expression to the meanings we each discover – supporting and learning from one another in the process. Some of us might choose to collage or paint or draw the text’s scene using colors, images, shapes, textures, symbols, or words; others might be moved to write poetry, or compose a piece of music conveying what the text awakens within us. Invite a friend and meet some new ones! RSVP to deborah@bethjacobrwc.org (or email BatyaDale111@gmail.com with questions)

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  • Wednesday ,
    MarMarch  8 , 2023
     
     
    North Peninsula JCC Scholar in Residence

    Wednesday, Mar 8th (All day)

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Ongoing Classes

Adult B'nai Mitzvah begins October 26, 2022

Mondays Weekly, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

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 Bar or Bat Mitzvah at age 13 or not. The program culminates in a Shabbat morning service together.

Torah Study

Shabbat Morning, from 9:00 to 10:00 am

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 am

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. We recently completed study of a long essay by Maimonides, and are transitioning to selected teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav.

Weekly Adult Learning

Wednesdays, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

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.

Maimonides Class

Wednesdays, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Rabbi Ilana is guiding this class in studying the philosophy of Maimonides, as laid out in his essay “Introduction to Perek Chelek."  Working with the original text in Hebrew, the class is both a lesson in Hebrew language and medieval philosophy.

Wed, December 7 2022 13 Kislev 5783