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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

All Events
  • Sunday ,
    FebFebruary  6 , 2022
    Teitelbaum Lecture: Return to Wielopole

    Sunday, Feb 6th 3:00p to 5:00p
    Return to Wielopole: A Journey of Family Reunion and Discovery The Teitelbaum family created this documentary following their journey back to their hometown in Poland. Filled with interviews and history we will get to know this remarkable family in new ways. Joining us for in-person conversation after the film will be Josh and Adam Teitelbaum and other family members featured in the film.


  • Tuesday ,
    MarMarch  1 , 2022
    Understanding Current Trends in Antisemitism

    Tuesday, Mar 1st 7:30p to 9:00p
    Understanding Current Trends in Antisemitism: Updates and Analysis Rabbi Serena Eisenberg, North California Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) will present about the multi-faceted and contemporary manifestations of antisemitism both nationally and globally, and how these relate to ancient hateful tropes. She will share the recent AJC report about attitudes of Jews and the general public regarding antisemitism and the impact we can have with our activism. This session will be hybrid. For information about attending in person or to receive the zoom link contact


  • Tuesday ,
    MarMarch  8 , 2022
    The Community Relations Approach: JCRC Tackles Antisemitism

    Tuesday, Mar 8th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Tyler (Tye) Gregory, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) CEO will brief us on emerging trends in antisemitism as they relate to local and state government, interfaith and multicultural work, and our public education system. He will share JCRC’s current community relations strategies on antisemitism, which include the “Here I Am” campaign, ethnic studies work, and a new Bay Area Consensus Statement on antisemitism. Tye will help us reflect on how to empower ourselves as a community and individuals to make a difference. This session will be hybrid. For information about attending in person or to receive the zoom link contact


Ongoing Classes

Adult B'nei Mitzvah

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!

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.

Fri, January 28 2022 26 Shevat 5782