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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

  • Tuesday, September 10 - New Years and New Beginnings with Rabbi Konigsburg
    Each morning, we praise God for renewing creations. As we approach Rosh Hashanah, explore what is new your life and if there is anything special with the coming of the new Jewish year.
  • Tuesday, September 17 - More than a New Year Celebration with Rabbi Konigsburg
    There are many themes to Rosh Hashanah. Besides celebrating the creation of the world, it is also the holiday where we exult God’s sovereignty, recall God’s promises to remember us, and yearn for future redemptions ushered by Shofar blasts. Gain a new perspective of the holiday and a new interpretation for what the holiday is all about.
  • Tuesday, September 24 - Shofar Sho Good - Unetaneh Tokef and the High Holiday Liturgy with Rabbi Heller
  • Tuesday, October 1 - There will be no Lunch & Learn class due to Rosh Hashanah.

Lunch is provided for $6.

Interested in Learning Hebrew?

Would you like to learn basic Hebrew? Would you be interested in furthering your Hebrew knowledge by exploring the siddur? After the High Holidays, we are planning to offer two Hebrew classes, and we would love to have your input about what you'd like to learn! 

Please click here to complete a brief interest form/survey to give us your thoughts.

These classes will be led by Zipora Rainisch. Zipora Rainisch was born in Israel. She served in the Israel Air Force, and later graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Following her graduation, she worked for the Israel Institute of Meteorology in Beth Dagan, Israel. Ms. Rainisch also hold a Masters degree in Education from Tel Aviv University. Upon moving to the USA, she was the Religious School Principal at Adas Yeshurun Synagogue in Augusta, GA. After moving to Atlanta, she taught Hebrew at Davis Academy, and Zipora currently teaches Hebrew to adults at Congregation B'nai Torah.

Please contact Rabbi K at with questions.

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. 

  • Saturday, September 7 - "Service Last Streaming Part 2" with Rabbi Heller
  • Saturday, September 14 - "Words or Innards" with Rabbi Konigsburg
  • Saturday, September 21 - "New Years and New Beginnings" with Rabbi Konigsburg
  • Saturday, September 28 - "Who Will Live and Who Will Die" with Rabbi Heller

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.

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