Scholar in Residence
Click here for information about our annual Scholar in Residence program.
Empty Nesters, Endless Opportunities, and Food and Friends.
For more about Empty Nesters, please see Cybershul or the current Shavuon.
Current Endless Opportunities programs are listed here.
2017 Fall and Year-long Classes
Our Year-Long classes include:
Living Judaism – a basic introduction to Judaism, including holidays, texts, and home traditions and a Hebrew class (below). Living Judaism is our required course for conversion students. Please click here for more information and a registration form. A syllabus is available here. Class will be held on Tuesday evenings from September 19, 2017- May 15, 2018.
and Hebrew Language Classes, beginning October 3rd. Click the links below for more information and to sign up.
The Torah Begins and Ends with Lovingkindness with Beth Huppin
The goal of a life of Torah is to bring more love and healing into the world. How can we do this when there is so much anger and division that surrounds us? Our sages were no strangers to hardship and heartbreak. Yet, they devised a system that, if done well, leads us toward gratitude and compassion, both for ourselves and for others. We will examine numerous texts, from Torah to Talmud to the Zohar.
Tuesday mornings, 9:30-10:45am, Classes in session January 2-March 20. No class January 16, February 20. No charge. Everyone is welcome, including Drop-ins.
Donations to CBS adult education are appreciated.
Learners’ Minyan – This program is designed for those who are looking to understand parts of the Shabbat morning service. It is appropriate for complete beginners, and is part of our Living Judaism class. It is also appropriate for those looking to deepen their learning. Learner’s Minyan takes place on Saturdays once a month, 10:30-11:30 am in the Beit Midrash. There is no cost to attend. Click here for more information.
2018 Winter/Spring Classes
First session Tuesday, January 16, 7:00-8:00 pm
We’ll learn how to learn Talmud, and learn a lot about Jewish prayer along the way. Learners of all backgrounds welcome, but this class is especially for those who are new to the Talmud. For more information about sessions, registration, and pricing, please click the link above.
iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and their Meanings with Rabbi Borodin. This iEngage series grapples with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of modern Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity today. Click here to learn more. We’re offering this class on Wednesday evenings and Thursday during the daytime. Thursday’s class is preceded by volunteering opportunities such as baking challah for Shabbat, making Shabbat lunch, or helping with small office projects..
Chassidic Teachings from Netivot Shalom, with Rabbi Fern Feldman
We will learn from the series Netivot Shalom, written by the Slonimer rebbe, R. Sholom Noach Berezovsky. Living in Israel in the 20th century, the Slonimer rebbe integrated Chasidic teachings from a wide range of traditions and eras, in clear and accessible Hebrew. One of the foundational ideas in his work is that each person is a microcosm of the world, so teachings illuminate not only broader spiritual concepts, but also help us consider our own lives.
Winter & Spring (dates TBA) we will focus on his teachings on Shabbat, Purim, Pesach, Shavuot and Pirke Avot.
First session Tuesday, February 20, 7:00-8:00 pm
Most halakhic literature begins and ends with letters and books. But two very different modern rabbis, Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef and Rabbi Ethan Tucker, have both disseminated answers to Jewish legal questions through audio: a radio show and a podcast. We’ll look at a few questions and answers by each of them, diving into the classical texts that they use to come to their decisions. Learners of all backgrounds welcome! For more information about sessions, registration, and pricing, please click the link above.