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Traditional Classes

Continuing the Traditions of Our People, From Generation to Generation


YEAR-ROUND COURSES

Beit Midrash Program

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Mondays 6:30 - 8:00 pm
No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am

Location: Zoom Classroom | Password Protected

Rabbi Kornberg’s Beit Midrash class has been a pillar of learning here at Beth Am for nearly 20 years. In it we open ourselves to the wisdom and depth of Rabbinic Texts, reflecting on topics relevant to today’s world. No previous experience is necessary, and all our texts are in English. Join us!

 

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Earne

Led by Rabbi Matthew Earne
Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00 pm
No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am
Location: Zoom Classroom | Password Protected


Nourish both the body and mind as you explore the weekly Parasha with Rabbi Earne. Bring your own dairy lunch and see what this week’s Torah reading has to teach us. No previous experience is necessary, and all our texts are in English.

 

Shabbat Learning

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Saturdays 12:15 - 12:45 pm
No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am
Location: Beit Midrash

Due to COVID-19 this class is currently cancelled until further notice.


Each Shabbat, after the chance to pray together and eat together, we will also have the opportunity to learn together. Every week Rabbi Kornberg will lead a discussion and delve even deeper into the texts within.


 

TRIMESTER I COURSES

(September 8th - December 18th)

 

Facing A Broken World

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 7:30 - 8:30 pm
(August 18th, 25th & September 1st)
No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am

As Jews, we believe that human beings are partners with God in Creation. This is not only a designation of pride and respect, but, more importantly, a statement of immense responsibility. We look to the world around us and realize that there is much work to be done. This three week series will examine Jewish sources and insights on how we can be a part of fixing a world that is still incomplete, and even broken. Join Rabbi Kornberg as we delve into our tradition for some answers to these pertinent and difficult questions.

 

Basic Judaism I - Practical Judaism

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 6:30 - 7:30 pm
(Sept. 8th, 15th,  Oct. 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, Nov. 3rd, 10th, 17th, Dec. 1st)
No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am


Following on the theme of Back to Basics, this series of classes offers all of us the opportunity to remember where we come from and to experience the fundamentals of our Tradition as adults. These courses are ideal for both those looking to convert to Judaism as well as those who want to reconnect with the wisdom our Tradition offers. This section examines how we live as Jews. We will look deeply into the life cycle events, holy days and calendar that shape the rhythms of our lives, as well as the mitzvot such as Shabbat and Kashrut that allow us to live our values.


Jewish Sources & Discussion on Racism & Social Inequity

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 7:30 - 8:30 pm
(Dec. 1st, 8th, 15th)
No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am

 The questions raised in this class have been at the forefront of conversations throughout our country and across political lines in recent months, however the need to respond to these issues is actually not new.  Our tradition has always spoken not only to the importance of ritual and rites in our lives, but also to creating a world that is in image of God's original plan and is reflective of the best that we can be.  These three sessions will examine our traditional sources, and, while not speaking to politics, will help give us a Jewish moral framework from which to view the world.

TRIMESTER II COURSES

Basic Judaism II - What We Believe

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 6:30 - 7:30 pm
(Jan. 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, Feb. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, March 2nd, 9th)
No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am


  Following on the theme of Back to Basics, this series of classes offers all of us the opportunity to remember where we come from and to experience the fundamentals of our Tradition as adults. These courses are ideal for both those looking to convert to Judaism as well as those who want to reconnect with the wisdom our Tradition offers. In this section we will focus on the Jewish Tradition which provides us not only with a pattern for life but also purpose and meaning. These classes will examine our fundamental belief in God and how we differ from other religions as well as the other denominations of Judaism.


 

Book of Job

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 7:30 - 8:30 pm
(February 9th, 16th, 23rd, March 2nd, 9th)
No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am
Over the last few years, Rabbi Kornberg has taken time during the Winter session to examine a Book of the Bible.  This year we look at the Book of Job.  It is a story of challenge and how to make sense of a world that, at times, seems to be against you. We may not have all the answers by the end of the class, but we will learn the wisdom of our Tradition in dealing with it.

TRIMESTER III COURSES

Basic Judaism III - Jewish History

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 6:30 - 7:30 pm
(March 16th, 23rd, April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, May 4th, 11th, 25th)
No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am
Following on the theme of Back to Basics, this series of classes offers all of us the opportunity to remember where we come from and to experience the fundamentals of our Tradition as adults. These courses are ideal for both those looking to convert to Judaism as well as those who want to reconnect with the wisdom our Tradition offers. There is no doubt that who we are is, to some degree, a product of what has happened to us throughout the ages. By learning Jewish history we learn what makes us Jews. These classes will start with our biblical history and look at what has occurred all the way to today’s news reports.

The Spirituality of Heschel

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 7:30 pm

(April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4)
No charge - Compliments of Congregation Beth Am

There are some in our history who have been able to powerfully translate our rich and ancient heritage into ideas that resonate to the modern world. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel is one of the best among them. In this course, Rabbi Kornberg will lead us through some of Heschel's greatest contributions to Jewish life and spirituality, and we will have the opportunity to talk about how they can still be relevant and revealing for Jewish life today.

Sun, June 20 2021 10 Tammuz 5781