Adult Education

Adult EducationThe 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 Shari Lipp-Levine, slevine {at} bez613(.)org or 317-253-3441.

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Interfaith and Conversion Outreach Program

Sundays, September 22, November 3, November 24, December 15
11:00 a.m to 12 noon

First Steps is a program of study and conversations with Rabbi Dennis Sasso and Rabbi

Hal Schevitz for interfaith couples, for non-Jews, for those interested in a better understanding

of Jewish culture and faith, and for those considering conversion to Judaism.

It includes a prescribed series of adult education offerings: Coffee Cake and Conversation,

Practical Jewish Mysticism, Hebrew at the Bureau of Jewish Education, What Jews

Should Know About the New Testament and Jesus, along with other offerings and programs.

For more information, call Shari Lipp-Levine at the synagogue office at 253.3441.


With Rabbi Hal Schevitz
Saturdays, 9:00 to 9:50 a.m.
beginning Saturday, September 28
Alpert-Solotken Library
Join Rabbi Hal Schevitz for a Shabbat morning Torah study session on Parashat
HaShavua (the weekly Torah portion)! Using everything from traditional rabbinic commentary
to modern creative understandings, Rabbi Hal will be your tour guide for a
year-long journey through our weekly wanderings and wonderings through Torah.
Come for Torah study and stay through services; or just come for Torah study if that’s
your thing! All learners interested in exploring the stories, laws, and traditions of our
most sacred and frequently read text are invited to participate in this chance to learn.




Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to Noon
at Beth-El Zedeck
With Dr. Ron Allen, Professor at Christian Theological Seminary
February 9: What is the New Testament?
Jesus in His Jewish Context
Paul and the Gentile Church

February 23: One Jesus; Four Stories
From Historical Jesus to Divine Christ
The New Testament and Anti-Judaism (Semitism)

For more information, see the What Jews Should Know flyer.


Saturdays following Shabbat services
October 19; December 14; May 17; July 26
Lunch, entertainment and fellowship await you following Shabbat morning services.
Discussion and program led by Sidney Mishkin with a delicious lunch catered by Sharon
Mishkin and her crew.



Are you a mother raising Jewish children … but you’re not Jewish?
Don’t do it alone!

The Mothers Circle provides FREE education and support for women of other religious backgrounds who are raising Jewish children. The course is coming to Indianapolis this fall. Classes will meet approximately twice a month and will focus on Jewish rituals, ethics, and the how-to’s of creating a Jewish home. Come be a part of this warm and nurturing environment and feel empowered to take on the responsibility of raising children in Judaism.

The free course will be held at the Jewish Community Center and is made possible by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis and commitments from David and Betty Klapper and Robert and Alice Schloss. It is overseen by a steering committee with representatives from the Bureau of Jewish Education, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and the Jewish Community Center.

For more information, please contact Patti Freeman Dorson at themotherscircle {at} comcast(.)net or 317-251-9467, x323 or visit