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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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 253-3441.


Sunday, October 30, 10:00 – Noon
Guest speaker:  Rima Khan Shahid, Executive Director, Muslim Alliance of Indiana (MAI) 

A conversation about Islam and misconceptions about the faith.  Challenges faced by Muslims in Indiana as they strive to engage in the civic and interfaith communities in our state.  Ample opportunity for questions and answers. 

In her capacity at the MAI, Rima Shahid, a native Hoosier, works to promote interfaith harmony and to make sure that the civil liberties of all Hoosiers are preserved.  She regularly speaks at political and inter-faith events and develops seminars and workshops to facilitate the community outreach efforts of the MAI.


Sundays, November 13 & 20, 10:00 a.m. – Noon with Rabbi Shelley Goldman

Join Rabbi Shelley as we explore some of the most fabulous texts that have arisen in the 20th century in the United States.  All by Ashkenazi Jewish women.


MEET ME AT THE MALL:  Jewish Talk & Walk
Sundays, February 12 & 26, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Keystone at the Crossing (meet in the Food Court, near Raleigh Ltd.) with Rabbi Dennis Sasso

Open conversation on things Jewish and current events.


BEHIND THE BEDROOM DOOR:  The Loves, Lives and Letters of Famous Jews
Sunday, March 5, 10:00 – Noon with Rabbi Sandy Sasso

Open a window to the Jewish experience through the fascinating private correspondence of prominent Jewish personalities.  Learn about Jews in the Civil War, the experience of anti-Semitism, the rise of Jewish women to leadership and the intimate moments in the lives of distinguished rabbis and Jewish thinkers.

A sometimes X-rated conversation led by Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso as a sequel to her book, Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage (co-authored with Peninnah Schram).