Adult Education 5777 (2016-2017)

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Questions of Faith…

Temple Beth-El Adult Learning 5777

 “You are part of a long line of people who have interpreted and reinterpreted our tradition to make it their own….Judaism is far more like an iPad than a typewriter; Judaism is interactive, urging us to move beyond the limitation of typing static words on a page, to engage deeply with our narrative in myriad ways….it has long been the Jewish tradition to upgrade our God concepts as we learn more about the world around us. Through learning, discussion and debate, we can shed some of the baggage the term God has collected over the centuries (and it is not carry-on baggage!) and come to understand God in a way that is relevant in our modern lives.”  The God Upgrade- Finding your 21st Century Spirituality in Judaism’s 5000 Year Old Tradition, Rabbi Jamie S. Korngold (The Adventure Rabbi) 

  • HOW do we incorporate Ancient Truths into our Modern Sensibilities?
  • WHAT do Jews believe?
  • WHERE is God in Reform Judaism?
  • WHAT if I don’t believe?

Join us, as we spend 5777 asking the questions we might never before have dared to ask about God, spirituality and how they might help us navigate our 21st Century world.




Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl Lectureship

Tuesday, November 15, 2016        7:00 pm

Rabbi Ed Feinstein, A Brief History of Chutzpah**

Rabbi Feinstein is senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California and an instructor at the Ziegler Rabbinical School of the American Jewish University, the Wexner Heritage Program, and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. His most recent book, The Chutzpah Imperative, traces the history of Jewish humanism.
**Brought to Temple Beth-El by the generosity of the Rabbi Samuel Stahl Lectureship Fund



Dr. Andrea Weiss, Associate Professor of Bible HUC-JIR*

November 19, 2016        12:00 pm Lunch & Learn—God in the Biblical Imagination
Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Ph. D. is Associate Professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and Associate Editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary (URJ Press, 2008). Her current research interests include the book of Psalms and metaphors for God in the Bible.
* Brought to Temple Beth-El by the generosity of the Jean and Jesse Wulfe Religious Enhancement Fund. 

RSVP for the Lunch & Learn




Saul Kaye Musician in Residence (Shabbat Shirah)*

Saturday, February 11, 2017         7:00 pm Jewish Blues Concert
Singer songwriter Saul Kaye mixes Jewish history, characters, and liturgy with the Blues. After the significant international success of Jewish Blues Volume One, Saul dug deep into the Torah, Psalms and Writings on his latests CD Jewish Blues Volume TWO.
* Brought to Temple Beth-El by the generosity of the Jean and Jesse Wulfe Religious Enhancement Fund.



Rabbi Jamie Korngold, The Adventure Rabbi*

Friday, April 21, 2017

6:30 pm Special Shabbat PM Presentation
The God Upgrade: Finding your 21st Century Spirituality in Judaism’s 5000-year-old tradition
Rabbi Jamie Korngold will share how she developed her own spiritual philosophy that inspired her to write this guidebook for 21st Century Jewish connection.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

10:00 am – Shabbat AM Nature Experience for 4th-6th graders and their families. McAllister park (meet at the Turkey Roost Pavilion) 
Rabbi Jamie Korngold and Rabbi Yergin will lead an inspired Shabbat morning program for our religious school families. RSVP to Iris Berman-Smith

6:00 pm – Havdalah Nature Experience at Hardberger Park (meet at the Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center, 8400 NW Military Highway) Join Rabbi Korngold and Rabbi Nathan in a nature experience followed by Havdalah and dessert in the Barshop JCC Chapel.

Rabbi Jamie Korngold has been nationally recognized for her innovative work combining Judaism and nature. Rabbi Korngold is considered an expert at reaching the unaffiliated Jewish population via cutting-edge, out-of-the-box Jewish programming and her use of technology.
* Rabbi Korngold’s visit is made possible through the generosity of the Jean and Jesse Wulfe Religious Enhancement Fund.


Wednesdays 7:00 pm
Join your Temple clergy for a chance to explore the origins, customs, and rituals of some of our most beloved Jewish holidays
December 13, 2016    Hanukkah
March 1, 2017    Purim
April 5, 2017    Passover

HIDDUR MITZVAH… Celebrating the beauty of artistic expression in our Jewish lives

Saturday, December 10, 2016        7:30 pm
Discover your inner artist at Pinot's Palette, wine and snacks will be served

Wednesday, January 25, 2017        7:00 pm
Poetry workshop with Bonnie Lyons 

Sunday, Febrary 26, 2017        12:30 pm
Family Shabbat arts and lunch: baking challah and making challah covers 



Sunday Series with Rachel Stern
Monthly, 9:30–11:00 am

October 16, 2016:   Adonai Echad? The Many Ways that Jews Think about God
November 13, 2016:   Where Does God Live? How to Talk to Your Kids about God
December 11, 2016:   Elohei Avraham, Elohei Sarah—God’s Evolving Role in the Siddur/Prayer Book
January 22, 2017:   “Go with the Flow”… How the Keva (structure) of a Prayer Service Gives Us Space for the Kavanah (intention) We Desire
February 5, 2017:   Avinu Malkeinu—A God of Justice and Mercy, Blessings and Curses
March 26, 2017:   Losing Faith—When Prayers Seem to go Unanswered
April 9, 2017:   God Talk—is there a Right Way to Pray to God?
May 7, 2017:   God Shopping—Finding a Theology of Our Own


November 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Temple Beth-El Students in Middle School and High School will present a concert which features each student on their own instrument. The concert will culminate with all participants playing a piece together.
February 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm
This concert will feature our very talented adult Temple members who sing or play instruments.  Join us to see what talents your peers are hiding.
March 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Temple Beth- El member, David Pinansky, is a prolific composer and has written many pieces for soloist, choir, or orchestra. Mark your calendar and plan to spend an afternoon listening to the enchanting music of David Pinansky.


with Rachel Walsh...coming January, 2017!
If you have a knowledge of Alef/Bet and basic Hebrew reading skills, then join Rachel Walsh for a class to learn about the different aspects of Hebrew language.
Take your Hebrew skills to the next level! ($75 for 10 week series)
For more information contact Rachel 


Join us at Erev Shabbat services on the 4th Friday of every month to explore the prayers and prayer book of our faith.
October 28, 2016   Aleinu—the Jewish messianic vision
November 25, 2016   Melodies Misinai—the history, content and context of Jewish liturgical music
December 23, 2016   Integrating holiday celebrations into the Shabbat worship service
January 27, 2017   Kaddish… a prayer of the people—its evolution and purpose
February 24, 2017   Shema/Vahavta—the watchword of our faith
March 24, 2017   Birkat Shalom—how we pray for peace
April 28, 2017   Amidah I: Avot/Gevurot/Kedusha—content & context
May 26, 2017   Amidah II: choreography and the differences between weekday and Shabbat
June 23, 2017   Origins of Hashkiveinu—praying for personal peace and protection


Sundays at 10:30 am
December 4, 2016   The Victim by Saul Bellow. Facilitator : Vicki Aarons, Professor of English at Trinity University
February 12, 2017   A novel or short story collection by Stefan Zweig (TBD). Facilitator: Mark Ingram
April 2, 2017   The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron. Facilitators: Miranda Sutin and David Liss


(Rabbi Marina Yergin)
Wednesday 7:00-9:00 pm, beginning  January 18
Winter: “Stepping Stones to Jewish Knowledge: A Basic Judaism Course”
Open to anyone who would like to reinvigorate their Jewish knowledge or begin their journey to conversion. Topics include:  lifecycles, holidays, prayer, history, and theology.
Spring: “Choosing Judaism” (note: students must complete Stepping Stones in order to enroll in this class)
Summer:  Learn the Alepf Bet and beginning Hebrew
Fall:  The “Choosing Judaism” course will delve deeper into the topics previously learned as well as the more personal process, including sessions with our Outreach Fellows, journaling opportunities, and community partnerships with congregants.

To join this class, please register at STEPPING STONE-2017



Weekly Torah Study

Saturdays, 9:00 -10:00 am / Block Conference Room B
Join with other dedicated learners as we continue to make our way through the entire Torah text. For more than 20 years we have gathered on Saturday mornings to engage in a close reading of the Hebrew Bible. We are currently in the second half of the book of Deuteronomy. All learners are welcome to share in the dialogue and discussion.