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Temple Beth-El Adult Education Program 5784 (2023-2024)


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.

Registration is required and will open soon, please watch for future updates.  Additional programs are being planned!


Ongoing Classes

Chanting the Tanakh

Cantor Richard Rosenfield
Sundays @ 10:00 AM beginning October 15, 2023.

Prayerbook Hebrew

Cantor Richard Rosenfield
Sundays @ 11:15 AM beginning October 15, 2023.

Zionism And its Discontents

This mini-course examines the history of Zionism as an idea and as a political movement in all its various forms, currents, and transformations from its origins in mid-and late-nineteenth century Europe to the present. Despite its success in establishing the State of Israel in 1948, Zionism, which also sought to “normalize” Jewish collective life and provide a safe haven from persecution, has encountered multiple internal challenges and discord from the outset. The class will examine how these internal divisions inform the current constitutional, social, and cultural crisis in Israel.

Suggested reading:

Derek Penslar, Zionism: An Emotional State. Rutgers U Press, 2023 (pb)
Michael Stanislawski, Zionism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, 2017 (pb)

Ross Brann
Wednesdays, October 11, 18, 25, November 1,8,15 @ 7pm in the Social Hall

"Stories within Stories"

Jonathan Boyarin
Mondays, November 6, 13, 20 @7pm in the Social Hall

Demons & Angels in Judaism

Jason Mokhtarian
Thursdays at 6pm May 2,9,16 in the Social Hall.




One Day Classes

Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Reform: The Matrix of American Judaism"

Ross Brann
Sunday, October 22, 2023@ 7:00 PM in the Social Hall and via Zoom

"Arthur and Lilly" Book Reading

Lilly Maier
Monday, December 11th at 7pm in the Social Hall

What do a 75-year-old Los Angeles based rocket engineer and an eleven-year-old schoolgirl from Austria have in common? Not much at first glance, but Arthur and Lilly influenced each other’s lives in a fateful way.

A moving tale of two lives that fatefully cross paths, and an immensely knowledgeable insight into an unknown Holocaust story: the rescue of hundreds of Jewish children to America on a Kindertransport.

Sat, June 10 2023 21 Sivan 5783