Adults

Temple Beth El strives to be a place of sacred encounter where learning, prayer and deeds change our understanding of ourselves, our world, and our responsibilities in it.

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ELEMENTS OF JUDAISM

Elements of Judaism is an introductory course to Jewish thought, belief, and practice. Get a high level view of what Jewish people believe and how these beliefs are expressed in daily life. Elements of Judaism is designed for anyone who wants to reinforce or establish a foundation in understanding Judaism. Do you want to brush up on your basic knowledge? Are you part of an interfaith family? Are you considering conversion to Judaism? Just curious? This is the course for you.

Register today

Spring 2017
March 7th- Intro to the course and Jewish Values
March 14th- Sacred Text
March 21st- Jewish Time: The Calendar
March 28th- Prayer
April 4th- Daily Practice
April 18th- Jewish Time: The Lifecycle
April 25th- Israel

Registration

Contact Shannon Tully, Assistant to the Cantors for more information.

Upcoming educational events for everyone:


  • 05/06/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/20/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/27/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • 05/09/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/16/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/23/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

SENIOR SAGE

SENIOR SAGE CLASS 2016-2017
October 26, 2016 – May 22, 2017 on 8 select dates from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Asking Big Questions
Regardless of our gender, political beliefs, or professional expertise, each of us possess unique answers to big questions based on our personal experience. Every Senior Sage session will include Jewish and secular textual learning and big questions, guided by Rabbi Asher Knight, in both large gathering and intimate chevruta settings. This year, we will explore:

Wednesday, October 26-  The Usefulness of Disagreement
Monday, November 28-  Living with Gratitude
Monday, January 23-  Appreciating Experience
Monday, February 27-  The Expansiveness and Limits of Love
Monday, March 27-  The Comfort of Home
Monday, April 24-  The Confines of Technology
Monday, May 22-  Fulfillment and Satisfaction

Each month, participants will meet at Temple Beth El from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Reading materials will be distributed via email one week prior to each session.

The Temple Beth El member discounted fee for the program is $36. The regular fee is $54. The deadline for registration is Monday, October 17, 2016. Class size will be limited. Please register early by clicking this link!

 

Upcoming educational events for everyone:


  • 05/06/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/20/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/27/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • 05/09/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/16/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/23/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

COMPARATIVE RELIGION SERIES

A community-wide educational event designed for adults interested in interfaith programming. Temple Beth El hosts the Comparative Religion Series annually on six consecutive Tuesday evenings.  The series is free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary.

An example of recent topics:

  • U.S. Minority Religions: Jewish, Islamic, and Buddhist perspectives on Religion and Politics
  • Christian Approaches to Religion and Politics: Conservative Protestant, Liberal Protestant, and Roman Catholic Viewpoints
  • The Vision of the Black Church: Civil Rights to Moral Monday
  • Changing Legal Lines Across the Decades: Legal Experts on Religion and Politics
  • Pews to Polls: The Use of Religion in Politics (Conservative Religious and Liberal Religious Politicians)
  • How the Pendulum Swings: An Historical Overview on Religion and Politics
  • Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Roots of Ethical Responsibility

More information about the Comparative Religion Series

SADIE LEVIN SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

Scholar-in-Residence Programs are made possible by the generosity of Norm Levin in memory of his mother, Sadie Levin. Sadie gave time, passion and energy
toward building the Jewish community.

This program usually happens each February.

TBE UNIVERSITY

Two times a year, for three consecutive Wednesday evenings, scholars, clergy, and a myriad of experts, present on topics from Maimonides to Mysticism, from Spirituality to Superheroes, and everything in between. Multimedia presentations mix with text study and accessible academic authorities.

Upcoming educational events for everyone:


  • 05/06/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/20/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/27/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • 05/09/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/16/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/23/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

ANSHEI MITZVAH - ADULT B'NEI MITZVAH

Anshei Mitzvah is an opportunity for those adults who have never had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah to participate in group study that will culminate in being called to the Torah. This program is designed for those Jewish members of Temple Beth El who want to broaden their Judaic knowledge and experience.

Upcoming educational events for everyone:


  • 05/06/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/20/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/27/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • 05/09/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/16/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/23/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

LEARN TO READ HEBREW CLASSES

Learning to read Hebrew is a great way to become more connected to services and prayers. Temple Beth El is offering a thorough beginning Hebrew class that will give you the opportunity to learn to decode and read Hebrew. Members and non-members are welcome. The class fee includes all materials. There are evening and morning classes offered at different times during the year.
Please contact Susan Jacobs, Director of Education for more information.

Upcoming educational events for everyone:


  • 05/06/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/20/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/27/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • 05/09/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/16/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/23/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

HEBREW PRAYER & TORAH STUDY

Taking a deeper look into our Siddur, prayers for Shabbat, Holidays and Jewish Life Cycle events. Students should be able to read Hebrew to participate.
Please contact Susan Jacobs, Director of Education for more information.

Upcoming educational events for everyone:


  • 05/06/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/20/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/27/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • 05/09/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/16/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/23/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

CONVERSION CLASS- INFO COMING SOON

For those considering becoming Jewish at Temple Beth El.

Upcoming educational events for everyone:


  • 05/06/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/20/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/27/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • 05/09/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/16/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/23/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

SCHLOSS LECTURE

The lecture series was started by Marc and Mattye Silverman in memory of Marc’s uncle, Simeon Archibald “Happy” Schloss Jr., one of Temple Beth El’s founders. Each year the lecture series tries to focus on a current events and features community experts on the chosen topic.

Upcoming educational events for everyone:


  • 05/06/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/20/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/27/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • 05/09/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/16/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/23/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

WILDACRES RETREAT

Each year, as summer draws to a close and the High Holidays summon us to reflect on the Jewish New Year, we are delighted to invite you to join us for the Annual Wildacres Retreat. Usher in the New Year in a special way this year amid the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the perfect place for introspection, community and learning.

Upcoming events for adults:


  • 05/09/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/16/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/23/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

SHABBAT TORAH STUDY

Join us for lively discussion and intriguing insights about the weekly Torah reading with our Temple Beth El Clergy.

Upcoming educational events for everyone:


  • 05/06/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/20/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/27/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • 05/09/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/16/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/23/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

ROBYN FARBER LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Robyn Farber Leadership Development Program was created by Larry Farber in memory of his sister, Robyn, to ensure a continuous line of future leaders for Temple Beth El. The program sessions are led by TBE’s professional and lay leadership and cover a range of spiritual, educational, and social programming. If you are interested in a lay leadership position, this once-per-month commitment from October through May is a great way to meet peers and discover how your talents and interests can serve our congregation. Contact Laura Bernstein, Executive Director, to learn more about this program.

Upcoming educational events for everyone:


  • 05/06/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/20/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • 05/27/2017
    9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • 05/09/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/16/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 05/23/2017
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm