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Temple Beth-El Adult Education Program 5781 (2021-2022)

Adult Education classes are open to all members of the TBE community free of charge. Contributions to the Adult Education Fund support this program and are deeply appreciated.

To attend please register with:
Temple Beth-El, 402 N. Tioga St., Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-5775

or  email

Watch for future updates.  Additional programs are being planned!

ALL ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES WILL BE ON ZOOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  Zoom links will be sent after registration.

Ongoing Classes

Halakha & The Art of Communal Prayer

For more than two thousand years the Jewish world has been trying to understand what makes prayer “work”, not just as an exercise for the individual reaching towards God, but for a group of people doing so in tandem.  In this class we will explore the ways in which Jewish laws relating to prayer serve (counterintuitively) as the basis for community-building, providing a  framework within which worshippers of diverse backgrounds and needs can come together to engage in a meaningful spiritual exercise.

We will be looking at some of the fundamental rules that govern Jewish worship: what is said, by whom, when, and in what context and asking what these statutes tell us about the act of communal prayer in a Jewish context.  We will also discuss the process of promulgating halakha (Jewish law): how are halakhic decisions made? by whom? within what guidelines? How has the interpretation of different statutes evolved over time and across communities?  Illustrations will be drawn from traditional sources as well as contemporary teshuvot (explications of rabbinic thinking and decision-making) adopted by the Conservative Movement.

Rabbi Safman & Rabbi Brody                    


October 20th session is HERE

October 27th session is HERE

November 3rd session is HERE Passcode: uc*M!Q3u

November 10th session is HERE


What Rav Dimi Taught Me

A Study of the Talmud through the eyes of a wandering Jew

Rabbi Suzanne Brody
Thursday at 12 Noon beginning October 7, 2021. (Newcomers welcome).

The Mystery Woman:  Who was Serach?

Rabbi Suzanne Brody
Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 12 Noon beginning October 6, 2021.

Chanting the Tanakh

Cantor Richard Rosenfield
Sundays @ 10 AM beginning October 31, 2021.

Prayerbook Hebrew

Cantor Richard Rosenfield
Sundays @ 11:15 AM beginning October 31, 2021.

One Day Classes

Fishy Kosher Questions: Swordfish, Sturgeon.......Tuna?!?

Joe Regenstein
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 @ 7:00 PM

Sibling Jealousy in the Book of Genesis

Nava Scharf
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 7 PM

Registrants should bring to class a copy of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh)

Persia and the Rabbis

With three weeks until Purim, learn about Persia's importance to the Sages.

Jason Mokhtarian
Thursdays - February 24, March 3, and March 10, 2022 at 7 PM.

The Book of Job

A biblical response as to why humans suffer under a benevolent Creator.

Ross Brann
Wednesdays - March 23, March 30, April 6, and April 13, 2022 at 7 PM

Registrants should bring to class a copy of The Book of Job: A New Translation by Edward Greenstein

Mon, January 17 2022 15 Shevat 5782