Adult Education at Beth Shalom

Adult Education at Beth Shalom

Adult Education Classes

Due to health safety in regards to COVID-19, all of our education offerings are currently online. Many of our offerings will take place via Zoom, a video conferencing program. Here is a simple video describing how to join a Zoom gathering. For any questions, please contact our Community and Membership Engagement Director.

Fall 2020 classes (all online):

Living Judaism: (with Ron DeChene and Robert Hovden) 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.

Hebrew 1: (with Robert Hovden) This course is a first introduction to the Hebrew language that lays the foundation for future Hebrew learning by combining the skills of sight-reading with the building blocks to recognize how Hebrew works as a language and as part of our lives. Come prepared to sing, play, pray, and ask questions.

Spring 2021 classes (all online):

Judaism and Black Lives Matter(with Adam Gillman) We will be exploring traditional and contemporary texts, both Jewish and non, as well as the spirit, to prepare ourselves for engaging in the hands-on and inner work of racial justice. As our society and community awaken to the fact and ensuring that Black lives matter, we will engage in the ongoing conversation of traditional text study along with present-day sources.

Hebrew 102 (After the Aleph-Bet): (with Robert Hovden) This course builds on the alef bet by improving sight reading, growing vocabulary, and recognizing how Hebrew works as a language, in our prayers, and as a part of our lives. Come prepared to sing, play, pray, and ask questions.

Prayerbook Hebrew for the evening service and home: (with Sharon Greenberg) This class focuses on prayer Hebrew found in the Siddur. We will use the Siddur itself as our main textbook, building vocabulary, grammar, and understanding of structure and meaning of prayers based on learning roots. This session will get you familiar with prayers in the evening service and those you would use at home for Shabbat.

Modern Hebrew: (with Beth Broadway) The spring session is open to those who completed the fall Modern Hebrew class. Come learn and develop beginning level conversational and reading comprehension skills along with many vocabulary words and basic grammar! Using Israeli music and children’s story books, dialogue, and acting games, our class will interactively increase our Hebrew knowledge and confidence together. Knowledge of the alef-bet in both block and script is required; some basic vocabulary is helpful.

Beginning Yiddish: (with Marianne Tatom) This class will develop basic Yiddish reading comprehension as well as simple vocabulary and conversation skills. We will use Sheva Zucker’s Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature and Culture as well as supplementary materials brought by the instructor. Open to students who have completed the fall Beginning Yiddish class OR who know how to read the Yiddish alef-beys.

Intermediate Yiddish: (with Marianne Tatom) This class will develop intermediate Yiddish skills, including reading comprehension, conversation, and translation. We will use Sheva Zucker’s Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature and Culture (beginning with unit 9) and supplementary materials brought by the instructor. Open to students who have completed the fall Intermediate Yiddish class OR who can already read or speak Yiddish.

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