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Adult Education

Melton Class - The Rhythms and Purposes of Jewish Living
We are excited to be offering an education opportunity for community members looking to explore the next chapter in your Jewish learning. Led by Rabbi Joshua Heller, Rabbi Hillel Konigsburg and Rabbi Judith Beiner in partnership with the MJCCA Lisa F. Brill Institute for Jewish Learning/Melton School, the sessions will guide you through the cycle of the Jewish year and give you the tools to live the Jewish life you are interested in developing. 

Divided into two parts, "The Rhythms of Jewish Living" and "The Purposes of Jewish Living," the course delves into key Jewish questions about how and why, we as Jews, do what we do and believe what we believe. 

Dates: Tuesdays from August 20, 2019 - January 7, 2020
Times: 7:00-9:05 PM (Each week, we will discuss The Rhythms of Jewish Living from 7:00-8:00 PM followed by The Purposes of Jewish Living from 8:05-9:05 PM)
Location: Congregation B'nai Torah
Cost: $250 per person

Course Description:

The Rhythms of Jewish Living: This portion of the course, led by Rabbi Heller and Rabbi K, examines a wide variety of Jewish sources to discover the deeper meanings underlying Jewish holidays, lifecycle observances, and Jewish practice. During this hour, you will explore the answers to essential questions: What's the point of living Jewishly? What ideas, beliefs and practices are involved? 

The Purposes of Jewish Living: Led by Rabbi Beiner, this portion of the course explores both ancient and modern responses to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology. You will discuss answers to questions like: Why do Jews believe as they do? What are the big questions of life and how do Jewish thinkers answer these questions? 

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IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Please follow these steps when registering.

  1. Click on the registration link.
  2. On the right side of the page, click the green button that says "Options."
  3. In the blue drop down menus, click "Tue."
  4. In the purple square, click "Enroll."
  5. Create and account and complete registration.

Contact: If you have questions, please contact

​Lunch and Learn:
Tuesdays (unless noted) from 12:00-1:30 PM at B'nai Torah
Lunch is provided for $6.

Please note - Lunch and Learn will resume in August.

Thursday Tanach Study:
Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Start your morning with a cup of coffee and a head full of ideas and conversations from the core text of Judaism - the Tanach.

Saturdays (unless noted) at 5:30 PM
End Shabbat with study on seasonal themes, after Mincha service. Check Shabbat Shalom newsletter for themes and discussion topics each week.

  • Saturday, July 6 - "Artificial Intelligence in Jewish Law" with Rabbi Heller
  • Saturday, July 13 - "Non-Israelite Prophets" with Rabbi Konigsbug
  • Saturday, July 20 -  "The Seven Ages of Man" with Rabbi Heller
  • Saturday, July 27 - "Yabadubdub, Thanks for the Grub!" with Rabbi Konigsburg
  • Saturday, August 3- "Moses' Unique Perspective" with Rabbi Konisgburg
  • Saturday, August 10- No Shaleshudis

Ritual Skills Mentorship:
If you are interested in learning a synagogue skill (reading Torah or Haftarah), learning how to lead a service and/or are interested in helping mentor someone who is looking to gain these skills, then please click here to fill out this quick online form.

Thu, July 18 2019 15 Tammuz 5779