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 In March, 2012, Beth Chaverim welcomed Sofer Neil Yerman as an artist-in-residence.

At Beth Chaverim, we believe that Jewish learning is a lifetime project. Judaism offers a wealth of rich, deep, sophisticated ideas which are most useful for adults.  Adults make decisions about raising children, choosing careers, medical care for themselves and loved ones, where to live and whom to love.  Adults need the guidance of a religious system to help them through this maze of serious choices.  Adults also experience fully the deep sorrow of loss and the great joy of true love.  Jewish tradition can guide adults through these emotional highs and lows.
 
Adult learning at BCRC equips our lifelong learners to face the complexity of their lives armed with Jewish knowledge.  Whether taking a Basic Judaism course or a Jewish cooking class, our learners come away from the experience with a greater appreciation of Judaism's profound depths, and a greater understanding of how to lead an inspired life.

Beth Chaverim Adult Education Classes - 2013/2014

Please check the BCRC calendar for other Adult Education events, and see flyers on our home page for more information.


LUNCH AND LEARN: STANDING AGAIN AT SINAI
Instructor: Rabbi Linda Joseph
Time: Wednesdays 1 pm - 2 pm
Dates: Wednesdays ongoing
Location: Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation

STANDING AGAIN AT SINAI is a "classic" work of Judaism and Feminism. Judith Plaskow describes her own work in the introduction:

"The subject of this book is feminist Judaism. Exploring the implications of women's increasing involvement in naming and shaping the Jewish tradition, it asks what might happen to the central categories of Jewish thought as women enter into the process of defining them... The commitment that underlies this book is precisely a commitment to creating a new Jewish situation, to making a feminist Judaism a reality."

 

Judith Plaskow is Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College, a co-founder of The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and Past President of the American Academy of Religion. She has also written/edited books such as The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics, 1972-2003, Sex, Sin, and Grace: Women's Experience and the Theologies of Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich, Weaving the Visions: New Patterns in Feminist Spirituality and others. Come join us on Wednesdays from 1pm to 2pm as we read and discuss this spiritual and challenging work!

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THERE'S MORE THAN ONE MEGILLAH!
Instructor: Rabbi Linda Joseph
Usually when we say “Megillah” you think of Purim and the book of Esther. But there is more than one Megillah! Come explore some Jewish Holidays through the lens of their Megillot! Each individual session will explore the theme, meaning and hidden meanings behind a Megillah and how it is connected to the upcoming holiday.

A minimum of 8 is required for this class. Please register as soon as possible.

Monday, September 23, 2013        7 - 8:30 pm        Sukkot and Ecclesiastes 
Monday, March 10, 2014  7 - 8:30 pm Purim and Esther
Monday, Arpil 7, 2014 7 - 8:30 pm  Passover and Song of Songs 
Monday, June 2, 2014  7 - 8:30 pm  Shavuot and Ruth 
Monday, August 4, 2014 7 - 8:30 pm Tisha B'Av and Lamentations

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AFTER DEATH - AFTERLIFE?
Instructor: Rabbi Linda Joseph
Heaven? Hell? Resurrection? Reincarnation? Ghostly existences? Ceasing to be? What conceptions, misconceptions and theories do Jews and Judaism have of the afterlife? Come and explore this taboo topic that has fascinated many.

A minimum of 8 is required for this class. Please register as soon as possible.

Monday, January 27, 2014             7 - 8:30 pm 
Monday, February 3, 2014  7 - 8:30 pm
Monday, February 17, 2014 7 - 8:30 pm 
Monday, February 24, 2014 7 - 8:30 pm 

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Event Policies

All are Invited! We welcome everyone, Jewish or not, Member or not, to attend our classes and programs. Please join us!

Some classes and programs have limited enrollments. Register early to avoid disappointment. If enrollment is too low, an event or class may be canceled. To be notified of schedule changes or cancellations, you must be preregistered. 


Other Adult Education in the Community

In our surrounding community, adult education courses are also offered by these organizations: