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.

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COCKTAIL JUDAISM: for the 40+ crowd

AMY-JILL LEVINE
“Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Of Pearls and Prodigals”
Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Reilly Room in Atherton Union, Butler University

Storytelling is central to our religious traditions. Renowned biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine will help us understand the original setting of these stories and correct their frequent anti-Jewish interpretations. Her work on this subject provides a grounding for better Jewish/Christian understanding and offers profound insight into both ancient and contemporary social relations. Dr. Levine will answer questions from the audience and sign copies of her books. Click BEZ_Jewish Storyteller Poster_021618 for more details.

This program is supported by the Beth-El Zedeck Judaism, Arts, Interfaith and Civic Engagement Fund in Honor of Rabbis Dennis and Sandy Sasso.


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:
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.

 

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.
March 11:  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
Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Reilly Room in Atherton Union at Butler University (704 W. Hampton Drive)
Congregation Beth-El Zedeck and Center for Faith and Vocation at Butler University present Amy-Jill Levine on Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Of Pearls and Prodigals. Storytelling is central to our religious traditions. Renowned biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine will help us understand the original setting of these stories and correct their frequent anti-Jewish interpretations. Her work on this subject provides a grounding for better Jewish/Christian understanding and offers profound insight into both ancient and contemporary social relations. Following her lecture, Dr. Levine will answer questions from the audience and sign copies of her books.

This program is supported by Beth-El Zedeck’s Judaism, Arts, Interfaith and Civic Engagement Fund in Honor of Rabbis Dennis and Sandy Sasso.

 

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.