Adult Education

The Alan & Linda Cohen Center for Jewish Learning & Living at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck

A rich adult and family education program provides courses in Hebrew and in various aspects of Jewish personal and family life. Course are taught by the Rabbis, Cantor and guest instructors. Through our Sam Smulyan Memorial Lectureship and Cultural Arts Fund, we feature nationally renowned guest speakers, artists and scholars-in-residence each year. The Feigenbaum Adult B’nai Mitzvah Program prepares members for participation in this meaningful life cycle celebration. For more information on these programs contact Jennifer Hodes, jhodes {at} bez613(.)org or 317-253-3441.

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COCKTAIL JUDAISM

Upcoming Cocktail Judaism topic:
March 5—The Millennials’ Perspective on Jewish Life and Social Values

 

TORAH ON TAP: for those in their 20s and 30s

Join us for cozy Shabbat dinners in our homes, appetizers & intellectual discussions out on the town, picnics in the park, and our playful Purim Party.  If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please get their name, phone number, and email address to Rabbi Shelley Goldman, sgoldman {at} bez613(.)org or (317) 253-3441.

Upcoming Torah on Tap events:
Friday, December 15 · 8:00 p.m. — Hanukah Celebration & Jam Session (voices, instruments, and Jewish songs)
Saturday, January 27 · 10:00 a.m. — Shabbat morning services
Wednesday, April 25 · 8:00 p.m.  — Taste of Text (Jewish learning in a festive setting)
Sunday, May 20 · 10:00 a.m. — Shavuot Services, Learning & Cheesecake!

 

TOUR D’TORAH
Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. in the Alpert-Solotken Library

Join Rabbi Shelley Goldman Shabbat mornings to engage with our people’s most sacred text. We will follow the weekly parsha focusing on the second triennial cycle of readings, a.k.a. “the middle” of each week’s story. We begin and end each discussion with sacred Hebrew chanting. All are welcome, and drop-ins are encouraged.

 

 

HEBREW FOR BEGINNERS
Sundays, 9:00—10:00 a.m.
October 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10, 17
Interested in learning Hebrew?  Preparing for conversion?  Need a refresher?  This is the class for you. Instructor:  Clara Sharon. Fee:  $60/person (includes texts).

 

FIRST STEPS:  INTERFAITH AND CONVERSION OUTREACH PROGRAM

First Steps is a program of study and conversations with our Rabbis and Cantor for interfaith couples, for non-Jews, for anyone interested in a better understanding of Jewish culture and faith, and for those considering conversion to Judaism.  For more information, contact the Rabbis’ office at 317-253-3441.

LUNCH & LEARN
Sundays, noon — 2:00 p.m.
Nourish mind and body through this series with Rabbi Shelley Goldman.  Lunch provided.  R.S.V.P. to Jennifer Hodes at jhodes {at} bez613(.)org or (317) 253-3441.
December 10:  A Taste of Text – Join us as we read, study, argue with and celebrate our ancient texts.
January 21:  Thinking about Israel. Talking about Israel. – Reflect on your own experiences with and ideas about the modern State of Israel.  Practice speaking your truth and hearing others as they speak theirs.
February 25:  Poetry from the Holy Land – In honor of the State of Israel’s 70th birthday we will explore poetry that has been produced in the Land of Israel in the last 70 years.

 

PROFESSOR AMY-JILL LEVINE
March 22, 2018
Professor Levine will speak at a joint program of Butler University and Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. She is a Vanderbilt University distinguished scholar of New Testament and Jewish/Christian relations and author of The Misunderstood Jew:  The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and The Jewish Annotated New Testament. Details TBA.

 

HOW TO BE A MENSCH! – JEWISH ETHICS FOR EVERYDAY LIVING
Spring 2018
Ancient teachings; modern situations.  With Rabbi Dennis Sasso. Details TBA.

 

FEIGENBAUM ADULT BAR/BAT MITZVAH PROGRAM
Celebrate with our current Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class when they are called to the Torah on Shavuot, Sunday, May 20.  Anyone who wishes  to participate in the future adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah programs should contact Cantor Melissa at (317) 253-3441 or mcohen {at} bez613(.)orgMust be a Beth-El member to participate.