The Lifelong Learning Committee brings Jewish educational programs to Beth El, and to the greater Triangle Jewish community. We offer classes, lectures, and discussion groups, on topics that range from prayerbook Hebrew to mindfulness meditation to psalms and megillot. Classes generally take place Sunday mornings at Beth El, or during the evenings at locations in Durham and Chapel Hill.
Regular Study Groups
- At 8:45 am on Saturday mornings, a group gathers at Beth El to study Mishnah before Shabbat services. This group meets in the Freedman Center, across the parking lot from the sanctuary building. There’s also a brief text study after the 8:00 am Wednesday morning minyan. These study groups are open to everyone. No matter what your level of knowledge, and whether you can come once a week or once a year, you’re very welcome to attend.
- Wednesday morning weekday services starts at 8:00 am. Join us for services, coffee, nosh, and schmoozing, followed by a study led by Rabbi Greyber on the book of Exodus as read by the Medieval Jewish Commentators. Rosh Chodesh Wednesday services start at 7:45 am; check the weekly announcements to confirm start time.
- We offer an advanced weekly Midrash class led by Rabbi Emeritus Steve Sager. Please contact Rabbi Sager if you are interested in joining this group.
- Do you sometimes wish there was more time to discuss the Parasha/Torah Portion of the Week? Approximately once a month, we offer Torah discussions led by various congregants. Times vary from before (9:30 am) or concurrent with (10:30 am) the Torah reading in the main sanctuary, to an occasional session held after kiddush lunch. Check out our calendar for upcoming sessions.
- In order to meet some of our members where they are, Rabbi Greyber leads monthly Lunch and Learn sessions at the UNC Chapel Hill Hillel. The topics vary each month, so please check out the calendar for upcoming sessions.
Adult B’nai Mitzvah
The Lifelong Learning Committee also runs our Adult B’nai Mitzvah program, which provides an opportunity for adults to reconnect and recommit themselves to Judaism. Participants in the program study together and learn to read Hebrew and Torah trope. The program culminates in a special ceremony during Shavuot. For more information about the Adult B’nai Mitzvah Program, please contact our office.
Reflections on Walking with God from the 2014/2015 Adult B’nai Mitzvah class.
Hebrew Courses for 2016-2017 Academic Year:
Scholar In Residence Weekend November 2015-Rabbi Elie Spitz