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Adult Education

Adult Education

Jewish tradition compares Torah to "a well of living waters" -- not only because water invigorates the body as Torah refreshes the soul, but because Torah study is dynamic; students of Torah continually bring forth new insights, even as fresh water gushes from a fountain.

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This year's adult education theme is “Judaism: Evolution and Revolution.”  We’ll consider how Judaism has changed and continues to change over time. We’ll focus on the ways, big and small, dramatic and subtle, that communities have adapted Jewish tradition to a changing world. How has change contributed to Jewish survival, and what transformations can we expect in 21st-century Judaism?

Come to a class at Beth Am, and you'll soon experience for yourself the vibrancy of creative study. Our members are thoughtful, reflective and articulate; they come from all sorts of backgrounds and every level of knowledge and observance; and they bring the perspective of their professions and life experience to the table.

There are a myriad of learning opportunities at Beth Am, from drop-in classes to more formal courses. Many of our offerings are free and open to the general public; others have a fee or are meant specifically for Beth Am members. If you are interested in attending a course but need help with the fee, please don’t hesitate to contact Rabbi Sarah Weissman – we will work something out. And if you have a great idea for a new class or speaker, let her know that too. We are always working to expand and improve our adult learning opportunities.

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Every Thursday, come study selections from the Babylonian Talmud (the central text of Rabbinic Judaism) and other rabbinic sources with Beth Am clergy. Our focus is on strategies for applying these teachings to our own lives. No prior Talmud experience is necessary. Feel free to bring a lunch. This warm and welcoming class is designed to allow participants to drop in and study whenever they can.
Every Thursday afternoon, explore Jewish beliefs ranging from traditional to modern about the meaning of our lives and our world. The class is participatory. All students are encouraged to express their beliefs. The class is designed to allow participants to drop in and study whenever they can.
Congregation Beth Am
  • 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
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We strive to live as a holy community whose study and practice of Judaism inspires and challenges us to "do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God" (Micah 6:8).