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 2014-2015 Adult Education Classes

Exciting Adult Education opportunities


Sunday Adult Ed Schedule

10:00 am  Read Hebrew with Linda Abrams and Rosa Goldstein

10:00 am  Biblical Hebrew with Marcia Gerfinkle

11:00 am  Yiddush with Rosa Goldstein

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 teachers.  Rosa Goldstein is our beginner teacher and Linda Abrams is our advanced teacher.

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.

Oy Gevalt! - Can I Speak Yiddish?
Sundays, 11 am - 12 pm

If you've always wanted to learn Yiddish, this is the class for you, taught by Rosa Goldstein .


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

Torah Today: Learn Contemporary Topics of Jewish Law and Values with our Rabbis

Can I use an e-reader on Shabbat? Can a business owned by Jews be open on Shabbat? Can an atheist lead services? Our Wednesday night class will focus on how modern Jewish law is created through a study of tradition with an eye toward the modern world. We will also look at the role Jewish law plays in our understanding of our Jewish lives. All texts are from The Committee of Jewish Law and Standards of The Rabbinical Assembly. Wednesday night Torah beginning October 29,
7:30 – 8:30 pm.


Learning with the Rabbis - Wednesday March 11, 18, 25th at 7:30 PM

The Vital Center: Conservative Judaism Today and Tomorrow

Study the text of JTS Chancellor Dr. Arnold Eisen's most recent work on his vision for why Conservative Judaism matters in the 21st century.  Explore essential matters of Jewish belief, practice, community, and identity - a Jewish Theological Seminary pilot program.                

with Rabbi Glanzberg-Krainin and Rabbi Merow
Wednesdays, 7:30 pm, February 11, 18, 25

Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25 at 7:30 p.m.

What is it You Believe About God Anyhow? Join with us as we examine the theory of process theology as interpreted by noted contemporary theologian Rabbi Brad Artson. Process theology starts from the premise that not only is the universe changing, but that God is constantly changing as well. We will look at how Jewish tradition and the vision of an ever-transforming God go together. No prior knowledge necessary. Come to one class or all. Sign up: contact Julie Glass at 215-887-3625 ext 216 or Sponsored by the Men's Club.


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

A little nosh and current issues in American Jewish life with Rabbi Glanzberg -Krainin. Big Ideas in Jewish Life 21st century Jewish life is undergoing profound shifts and changes. The Jewish community that our children will inherit will look very different than the Jewish community of our parents. This class will explore critical questions pertaining to the future of Jewish life in North America. We will explore issues related to Jewish thought, Jewish continuity, Israel-Diaspora relationships and more. Join us for a stimulating hour as we seek to understand these new paradigm shifts for the 21st century Jewish community. Minyan at 7:30 am, breakfast at 8 am and class from 8:30 - 9:30 am, beginning October 7, 2013.


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.



Stretch Your Inner Shalom - And stretch everything else too

every Thursday at 5:45 pm.

Yoga with Pearl

Bernard Wolfman Civil Discourse Project  Spring 2015

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.

Money + Politics: Does Money Make Policy? April 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM

The 2015 Civil Discourse Forum brings together two national experts from Washington, DC, to examine whether how we fund—and who funds—politics is fundamental to how we develop policy about key issues, such as gun control, immigration, the environment, education and more.

Craig Holman, Ph.D., government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, helped draft and promote the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act. He will speak in support of campaign finance reform.

John Samples, Ph.D., vice president and publisher of the Cato Institute, will present as a leading skeptic of the propriety and value of most campaign finance regulation.

Chris Satullo, vice president of news and civic dialogue at WHYY, and co-founder and co-director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Project for Civic Engagement, will moderate the forum.

FREE, but registration required; click "get tickets" link.

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.

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.