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 class which studies with Ritual Director.
  • 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 2013-2014 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

11:00 am  Adult Singing with Jay Danzig (Shira B'Sholom)

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.

every Sunday at 9:15 am

Learn how to chant Torah and Haftarah with Shalom Zachmy.

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 .


Stretch Your Inner Shalom - And stretch everything else too

every Thursday at 5:45 pm.

Yoga with Pearl


Bernard Wolfman Civil Discourse Project April 17, 2014 

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.

Announcing the 2014 Bernard Wolfman Civl Discourse Forum: a Frank Discussion about Fracking, without all the Fracas, April 17th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m at Beth Sholom Congregation. We'll examine the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing from an economic standpoint through a thoughtful dialogue between an advocate from inside the industry and an industry and financial expert who opposes the practice. Watch here next week to find out who our speakers will be, and for a link to registration. The speakers for this even are William Freeman and Deborah Lawrence Rogers. For details click here. or call the synagogue office at 215-887-1342 ext 100.

Out of the Straits I Call to You! November 13 and November 20, 2013
(Jewish meditation, prayer and song)
Many people are stressed out, working long hours and juggling family commitments. You deserve a spiritual break! Join Rabbi Merow for an hour of meditative song, contemplative prayer and mindfulness meditation, along with some movement. No experience necessary. Come with an open heart. Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Contact Julie Glass or call 215-887-3625 ext 216.

How Can Laws of Shabbat Translate into Joy of Shabbat? Wednesday evenings, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, TBA, 2013.

This year the topic of our Shabbat Experience is Experience Shabbat. Study the 39 Laws of Shabbat. See how they have evolved and consider how we might translate and contemporize these concepts into our lives.

Why Jewish History Matters   Wednesday evenings, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, December 4, 11 and 18, 2013.

Jewish history is a telling and re-telling that connects the narrator (historian), the listeners (the community) and the events in a living triangle. We will attempt to look at Jewish texts throughout Jewish history in order to understand how our past shifts with the concerns of the present. Join us for this walk through the texts of our Jewish communities of the past as we think together about how our understanding of the past informs our conception of the present and the future.

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.