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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: Beit Midrash

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: Liber Family Board Room


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


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 9th - December 20th)

 

Basic Judaism I - Practical Judaism

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 6:30 - 7:30 pm
(September 10, 17, 24, October 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17)
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.
No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am


Roots and Results of Antisemitism 
Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 7:30 - 8:30 pm
(November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17)
No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am

  In today's world, there are few topics of more concern for Jewish survival. This course will chart the history and development of anti-Semitism from its earliest times through today's events.  As we learn the patterns with which anti-Semitism has appeared in the past we will be able to better identify it and stand up to it in the future.

TRIMESTER II COURSES

Basic Judaism II - What We Believe

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 6:30 - 7:30 pm
(January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10)
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.

 

Jews In India

Led by Ann Samson
Thursdays | 6:30 - 8:00 pm
(January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20)
CBA Members - No charge | $18 Non-Members (for the whole series)


ONLINE REGISTRATION NOT OPEN YET

Born and raised in Bombay, India, in an observant Jewish home, Ann Samson immigrated with her husband to Toronto, Canada in 1966. Ann is a leading spokesperson for the India Jewish Community and has lectured extensively on the subject. Join Ann in this 4-part (or 5-part) series as she discusses the history & sociological structure, traditions & customs, rituals and foods of the Jewish community in India, as well as her own personal journey & transition of moving from India to Toronto and still maintaining a connection to her heritage. 

 

Wisdom of Proverbs
Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 7:30 - 8:30 pm
(January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3)
No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am

Last year, we begin our exploration of biblical books by looking at the Meaning in Psalms. This year we will experience the teaching, depth, and wisdom found in the Book of Proverbs. One of the richest texts in our biblical literature, Proverbs has much to teach us about living a fulfilled life even in today's day and age.


 

TRIMESTER III COURSES

Basic Judaism III - Jewish History

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 6:30 - 7:30 pm
(March 24, 31, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2)
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.

 

 

Past, Present & Future of Conservative Movement
Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 7:30 - 8:30 pm
(April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26)
No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am

"The Conservative Movement is dying!" That is the refrain we have heard for numerous years now. The reality is that Conservative Judaism still has a great deal to offer us in this modern age, and while it may be true that some of our national organizations struggle with relevance, this course will show how Conservative Judaism is still vibrant, alive, and very relevant.

Thu, December 5 2019 7 Kislev 5780