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Traditional Classes

Continuing the Traditions of Our People, From Generation to Generation. New classes are entered throughout the year, so please check back.


 

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

Contact Bonnie Cohen for Zoom information.

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

Contact Rabbi Earne for Zoom information.


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

Basic Judaism I - Practical Judaism

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 6:30 - 7:30 pm
(Sept. 13, 20, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 2022)

No Class: Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, Nov. 22.
No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am

Location: Zoom Classroom | Password Protected

Contact Bonnie Cohen for Zoom information.


Register Now 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 Perspectives and Sources on Start of Life and Abortion

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 7:30 - 8:30 pm
(Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 2022)

No Class: Nov. 22.
No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am

Location: Beit Midrash Room

 There are few more talked about topics in our News and at our dinner tables than the recent ruling by the Supreme Court overturning Roe vs. Wade. This class, taught by Rabbi Kornberg, will examine the traditional and modern Jewish sources, texts and values that inform us as Jews in this current debate. In doing so, we will hopefully gain some guidance and perspective that will help us make sense of the turbulent world around us.


 Great Texts of American Jewish History

Rabbi Ally Jacobson,

Middle School Rabbi, San Diego Jewish Academy
Dates:  November 9, 16, 30, December 7
(no class Nov. 23)
Time: 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Hybrid: In-Person and Zoom options available
Cost: CBA Members - Free |Non Members - $36

Great Texts of American Jewish History Join us for an exploration of some of the primary source documents that tell the story of the American Jewish experience. With the same attention and care that we typically devote to the study of our sacred texts, we will investigate important textual witnesses of American Jewish history. In this class, we will read and discuss the first North American Jewish community's petition to remain in the colonies, the sermon of a woman who dreamed of becoming a rabbi--nearly eighty years before that would be possible, and correspondence between European and American Jews at the dawn of World War II.

Trimester II Courses

Basic Judaism II - What We Believe

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 6:30 - 7:30 pm

(January 3, 10, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28,  March 7, 14, 2023)

No Class: January 17th

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.


The Book of Ben Sira

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 7:30 - 8:30 pm

January 10, 24, 31 February 7, 14

No Class: January 17th

No charge, compliments of Congregation Beth Am

The Book of Ben Sira

Register Here In the next class of Rabbi Kornberg’s series on less-known books of the Bible, we will be studying the Book of Ben Sira. Ben Sira is part of our “Wisdom Literature” with tremendous insights into the human condition. Join us as we explore it together.


Eat (and Drink), Pray, Love - Hebrew Poetry Medieval & Beyond

Led by Rabbi Ralph Dalin,
Jewish Community Chaplain, Jewish Federation of San Diego

Thursdays| 7:30 - 8:30 pm

February 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Zoom Classroom | Password Protected
Cost: CBA Members - Free |Non Members - $36

Eat (and Drink), Pray, Love - Hebrew Poetry Medieval & Beyond

 You are invited to explore the beauty and meaning of some of the greatest works of Jewish poetry, from the renowned poets of medieval Spain including Yehudah HaLevi and Solomon Ibn Gabirol until the twentieth century.  This is an opportunity to explore both secular poetry – including drinking songs and love songs – as well religious poetry reflecting deep spirituality.  We will see how poets were influenced both by earlier Jewish tradition and the poetry of the non-Jewish world around them.
Poems will be examined with both Hebrew text and English translation.  Knowledge of Hebrew is NOT necessary to appreciate and enjoy these great works of literature.

 


 

Trimester III Courses

Basic Judaism III - Jewish History

Led by Rabbi David Kornberg
Tuesdays | 6:30 - 7:30 pm

(March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 2023)

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.


 

Eat (and Drink), Pray, Love - Hebrew Poetry Medieval & Beyond

Led by Rabbi Ralph Dalin,

Jewish Community Chaplain, Jewish Federation of San Diego
Thursdays| 7:30 - 8:30 pm
February 2, 9, 16, 23
Free to CBA Members | $36 for non-members
Eat (and Drink), Pray, Love - Hebrew Poetry Medieval & BeyondYou are invited to explore the beauty and meaning of some of the greatest works of Jewish poetry, from the renowned poets of medieval Spain including Yehudah HaLevi and Solomon Ibn Gabirol until the twentieth century.  This is an opportunity to explore both secular poetry – including drinking songs and love songs – as well religious poetry reflecting deep spirituality.  We will see how poets were influenced both by earlier Jewish tradition and the poetry of the non-Jewish world around them. Poems will be examined with both Hebrew text and English translation.  Knowledge of Hebrew is NOT necessary to appreciate and enjoy these great works of literature.

Tue, September 27 2022 2 Tishrei 5783