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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.

Jump 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 2016-2017 Adult Education Classes

Exciting Adult Education opportunities

Mondays, October 31 - December 19 10:00-11:00 am - Healing Exercise - QiGong (Chee-gung)

($65 member; $70 general, subsidies available for BSC members, 8 sessions) - Come and enjoy these easy, fluid, gentle movements that promote health, well being and balance. The exercises can be done seated or standing. It is a relaxed and fun atmosphere. All levels are welcome. Michael McCormack, Instructor, has studied the Arts of T'ai Chi and QiGong for over 30 years. Sponsored by Golden Years and Kleinlife.

Mondays, October 31 - December 19 - The American Jewish Experience through Short Stories -

($65 member; $70 general, subsidies available for BSC members, 8 sessions)

Listen to the delightful and significant short stories that span the generations of American Jewish life and discuss the literary merit and historical themes within a single session. Authors may include Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud, Nathan Englander and others. Dr. Michael Schatz, Educational Director, Kleinlife Jewish Learning Center. Sponsored by Golden Years and Kleinlife.

Tuesdays beginning November 1 at 8:30 a.m. - Text with Me: Rabbi Merow

Rabbi Merow will teach about ancient texts and modern voices.

Wednesdays, starting November 9 - Adult Ed: Hebrew with Selma Roffman. 7 pm. - 7:50 p.m.

Beginners Hebrew; 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Conversational Hebrew.
RSVP for Adult Ed to Julie Glass at ext. 216 or here.

CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING Wednesdays at 7 p.m. - Alone No More.

Providing essential support for the family and friends of people living with drug addiction. Questions: Contact Steve here. See flyer here.  

Monday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. Adult Ed Initiative. The Siddur as a Tool for Religious & Spiritual Growth, taught by Rabbi Dr. Steven Brown.

Other classes: November 7 and November 14. Free and open to all. RSVP to 215.887.1342 ext. 109 or click here. Click here for more information.

Thursday, November 10 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. - An Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Cost: $18.00. This introductory session provides a taste of the fundamentals of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, and pain, and to improve well-being. Instructor: Diane Reibel, PhD, is the Director of the Mindfulness Institute at the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Jefferson & a certified MBSR teacher. To register, call: 215.887.1342 ext. 109 or click here.

Wednesdays, November 2, 9 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. - Jewish Law and Our Jewish Lives taught by Rabbi Glanzberg-Krainin.

This class will look at topical issues such as 1) What does Jewish law say about the use of marijuana? 2) What are my concrete responsibilities to my neighbors and to the larger community? 3) When Have I Actually Cheated on my Taxes? The class will examine our ancient sources and the evolving thinking of our Rabbinic Sages over the centuries to help us think about how our Jewish legal tradition can help us to live more ethical lives.

Thursdays  at 8:30 a.m. - Current Events Discussion Group with Bob Rubin. This is a weekly Thursday group.

Sundays starting October 9 - Adult Ed - Learn Hebrew with Linda Abrams.

Beginners at 10 a.m; Intermediate at 11 a.m. 
RSVP for Adult Ed to Julie Glass here or at 215.887.1342 ext. 216

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


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.




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 2017

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.

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