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. Courses 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.

Click the Adult Education Brochure 5778 brochure to access our full list of programs.


COCKTAIL JUDAISM: Varieties of Jewish Expression 
for the 40+ crowd

Monday, May 7, 7:30 p.m. at Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano (1351 W. 86th St.)

Join Rabbi Dennis Sasso for this Cocktail Judaism series! In May, Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow will meet with us to discuss Conservative Judaism.
Coffee, tea, and dessert are compliments of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. R.S.V.P. to jhodes {at} bez613(.)org or (317) 253-3441. Matteo’s is open for dinner on Monday nights.

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

Please contact Rabbi Shelley Goldman at sgoldman {at} bez613(.)org or (317) 253-3441 to meet for coffee to discuss your hopes for a 20s and 30s group at Beth-El Zedeck.


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.



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.

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 Zedeck member to participate.