Adult Education


Beth Sholom offers an Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, a Hebrew Literacy Campaign, morning, evening and afternoon classes for men and women sponsored by the Sisterhood and Men's Club and Sunday morning classes in Hebrew reading, davening and yiddish.

Adults are encouraged to participate in the many classes offered, as well as to follow their own paths of study with the aid of our Director of Education, and clergy.

Link to current adult education class offerings.

Some highlights of our adult education program are:

  • Adult B'nei Mitzvah preparation.
  • Adult component of our Religious School Family Education program, open to all congregants (The Shabbat Experience).
  • Evening study sessions with Rabbis where texts and current events are discussed.
  • Short study sessions led by our clergy after our daily minyan.
  • Sunday lay-led sessions on Hebrew reading, Davening, Yiddish and Torah chanting.
  • adult lay-led Rosh Hodesh group for women which chooses its own course of study.
  • Scholar-in-residence Program
  • Shabbat Lunch and Learn guest lectures by local scholars
  • Book discussion groups.
  • Annual Jewish learning festivals.
  • Independent study with mentors and/or study partners, by arrangement.

For further information Contact  Julie Glass

Registration is necessary for classes only.
Please contact: Julie Glass, Director of Congregational Engagement
215.887.3625 ext. 216
Class schedules may be subject to change.

Current or Upcoming 2015-2016 Adult Education Classes

Exciting Adult Education opportunities

It's Not As Hard As It Looks - Learn to read Hebrew
Sunday mornings from 10 am - 11 am

It isn't that hard with our wonderful teacher, Linda Abrams.

The Holy Tongue: Biblical Hebrew
Sunday mornings at 10 am

Learn biblical Hebrew to gain a better understanding of the original text with Marcia Garfinkle as teacher.

Classes with the Rabbis

Sponsored by the Men’s Club


Out of the Straits I Call to You

(Jewish meditation, prayer and song)

People are stressed out, working long hours and juggling family commitments. You deserve a spiritual break! Meditative song, contemplative prayer, Torah and mindfulness meditation, along with some movement. Come with an open heart. Wednesday evenings with Rabbi Merow 6:00 - 7:00 pm beginning October 22.

Light refreshments provided by the Men's Club

Ten most important ideas in Judaism with Rabbi Glanzberg-Krainin

Every Tuesday, Rabbi Glanzberg-Krainin will lead a lively and interactive discussion of the ten most important ideas that Judaism has to teach the world starting Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. Based on the book Judaism's Ten Best Ideas by Rabbi Art Green, this class will allow us to re-connect to the essence of our Jewish tradition and strengthen our understanding of why Judaism matters.


Breakfast with Champions - Tuesdays after Morning Minyan (8:30 am)

A little nosh and current events with Rabbi Merow.  Minyan at 7:30 am, breakfast at 8 am and class from 8:30 - 9:30 am.


Spirit and Spirits every Shabbat afternoon

Are you looking for an intimate way to be part of our community? Join us each Shabbat afternoon for a short afternoon service followed by twenty minutes of learning, schmoozing and eating, the evening service and the beautiful and moving Havdalah service. Check the Beth Sholom calendar for the time each week.



Truth or Fiction: Rationality and Superstition in Jewish Life Wednesdays at 7:30 pm on January 13, 20 and 27.

Join Rabbi Robert Layman for an examination of selected Jewish practices, their origins, and their acceptability, e.g., naming customs, the sequence of aliyot, rituals of death and mourning, the evil eye, etc.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Hebrew -
Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm in room 102 on January 6 and 13, February 3, 10, 17 and 24.

Understand prayers and strengthen your spoken Hebrew skills. Taught by Selma Roffman.  We have fun with the Hebrew language!  

Stretch Your Inner Shalom - And stretch everything else too

Thursday at 5:45 pm. Check calendar for dates given.

Yoga with Pearl

Bernard Wolfman Civil Discourse Project  Spring 2016

This free public forum endeavors to model civil discourse and promises to provide participants with insight into the current healthcare debate and meaningful ways to become involved. As this topic can be divisive, and the speakers will be offering differing political perspectives, in keeping with our mission, all participants are required to agree to a civil discourse pledge when registering for this event. Though the event is free, registration is required--link on our website below for registration.

For details or call the synagogue office at 215-887-1342 ext 100.

Adult Education Israeli Dancing at Beth Sholom

Israeli dancing every Monday: 7:30 - 8:15pm beginners dancing and 8:15 - 10:30pm open dancing. This is open to all Beth Sholom members and guests and is FREE of CHARGE. There will be a variety of dance instructors. Join us for this new and exciting dance experience. Questions? Contact Julie Glass at 215.887.3625 ext. 216.

Volunteer Choir - This is Hiddur Mitzvah – making the mitzvah of services an even more beautiful mitzvah – by enhancing our services with your voice. Contact Hazzan Weber (ext. 110) or email.

WebParasha - Introducing this online Torah reading program, accessible through our website. Be an active part of our Torah & Haftarah chanting program by finding out what the readings are, viewing and printing those readings. Contact Hazzan Weber (ext. 110) or email.