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             Adult Learning Classes

All presenters are TBZ members.
 Pre Registration recommended


The lifelong Jewish learning initiatives at Temple Beth Zion (TBZ) have been a hallmark of the congregation since its rejuvenation over 20 years ago. Our overall goal is to create literate Jews who are acquainted with the multifaceted and broad parameters of Jewish learning.

Whether it’s a weekly Mussar (character development) class; a semester long Wise Aging exploration; a monthly course on engaging with Israel; individual TBZ Talks; three-session courses, and day long study experiences, TBZ is blessed to utilize the marvelous reservoir of talent among our members. Our Rabbis and the professional academics in our shul, as well as lay experts in specific areas, help us to learn together and build community.

The Adult Education effort often partners with other TBZ groups to present special events that encourage our curiosity and provide us with a stronger basis for entering the millennial Jewish conversation. To that end, we are offering an assortment of stimulating and thought-provoking three week courses, monthly encounters and special events.

Winter 2019 Course Offerings

What is Jewish Renewal?
Introduction to Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi founder of Jewish Renewal's approach to Judaism, with Reb Moshe Waldoks.
Wednesdays, January 23, 30, & February 6 | 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Israel's Declaration of Independence
As Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary, we shall study its declaration of independence. In the absence of a written constitution, the declaration is generally considered Israel’s founding charter of principles. We shall compare the declaration to the U.S. Declaration of Independence and also review its fingerprints on the prayer for Israel, read by many Jewish congregations in different versions every Shabbat.
The course will hold three sessions. In each we shall discuss

  1. Israel’s Proclamation of Independence
  2. The American Declaration of Independence
  3. Israeli Basic Laws fortifying or amending the foundational principles

Taught by Prof. Pnina Lahav, BU Law School.
Tuesdays, February 5, 12, & 19 | 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Fri, January 18 2019 12 Shevat 5779