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Every Shabbat morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM (currently by Zoom and livestream; check the calendar for class dates and links to class registration pages), a large and enthusiastic group comes together for Torah Study. Members of the Beth Am clergy teach this class, which focuses on a thoughtful reading of the parashah of the week, exploring the historical, ethical and spiritual questions raised by the text.

We explore Torah on three levels:

  1. What meaning did it hold in its original ancient Near East setting?
  2. How have our sages and commentators understood the text over the centuries?
  3. What personal and communal meaning does it hold for us today?


Every session offers learning, lively interchange and ample opportunity for questions and discussion. People of all levels and backgrounds are welcome, and Hebrew knowledge is not required. No prior study of the Torah or Hebrew knowledge is needed. It is not necessary to read ahead or prepare. Although this is an ongoing class, drop-in attendance is welcomed.  Be sure to stay after to continue the conversation through the Good Book Cafe breakout room discussions.

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Torah Study Archive

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November 27, 2021 | Lech L’cha, Genesis 12:1−17:27

Led by Cantor Jamie Schpall


November 20, 2021  | Vayishlach, Genesis 32-4−36-43 

Led by Rabbi Jeremy Morrison


November 13, 2021 | Vayeitzei, Genesis 28-10

Rabbi Jeremy Morrison Installation, Guest Speakers


November 6, 2021 |Tol’dot, Genesis 25–19‑28-9

Led by Rabbi Heath Watenmaker


October 30, 2021 | Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23-1−25-18

Led by Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit


October 23 | Vayeira,Genesis 18:1–22:24

Led by Rabbi Jeremy Morrison


Fri, December 3 2021 29 Kislev 5782