Congregation Beth Am is an inclusive learning community, committed to the shared practice of lifelong Jewish study that is nourishing to the mind, heart and soul. Our goal is not only to gain Jewish knowledge, but to taste its abundant rewards – to understand how Judaism can help us live better, more joyful and purposeful lives.Read more
At all ages and stages, shared Jewish learning offers us intellectual challenge, moral guidance, spiritual enrichment, and the opportunity to form deep and sustaining friendships. Beth Am’s learning opportunities are designed to build relationships, helping us connect more deeply with our history, with the traditions of the Jewish people, and with one another. Learning at Beth Am is structured as a journey that is both accessible and challenging, inviting those at every level to progress and grow in their Jewish knowledge and practice. Our learning is a Jewish spiritual path, leading us to explore sacred questions of meaning and purpose, our place in the world, our relationship to a Power beyond ourselves.
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.
This year’s adult education theme is “Sex and Gender in Judaism.” Together we’ll explore issues around sexuality and gender in Judaism, from ancient understandings of gender (there were more than two sexes!) to questions about what it means to be a man, woman or transgender person in the Jewish community today. How can Jewish tradition help us navigate issues of gender expression, equality and sexual ethics, and where does Judaism itself still need to grow?