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Torah Study

Every Shabbat morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in the Beit Kehillah (currently by Zoom and live stream), 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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August 8, 2020 | Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12 - 11:25

Led by Rabbi Sarah Weissman

August 1, 2020 | Va-et'chanan, Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11

Led by Rabbi Jeremy Morrison

July 25, 2020 | Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 

Led by Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit

July 18, 2020 | Parashat PInchas - Numbers 25-10 - 30-1

Led by Rabbi Heath Watenmaker

July 11, 2020 | Parashat PInchas:  Numbers 25-10 - 30-1

Led by Rabbi Sarah Weissman

July 4 , 2020 | Parashat Balak

Led by Rabbi Jeremy Morrison

Thu, August 13 2020 23 Av 5780