Adult Education - Fall/Winter 2017

The 2017-18 year features a wide range of classes designed to deepen congregants' knowledge of Judaism and/or Jewish culture, provide opportunities to make and enhance connections with one another, and have fun. 

Please also check the box at left, as well as the What's Happening page, for additional programs and activities of interest to adults!

Registration: For activities requiring RSVP and/or payment, CBE Members please complete the online registration form, or contact the office if you prefer.  Non-members are welcomecontact the office with any questions or to register.

Books: Most books for CBE adult classes can be purchased from Amazon. CBE receives a small advertising fee if you use the links on the CBE Amazon Page to make your purchase.


Artist-in-Residence Weekend: The Bible Players

Friday, October 20 - Saturday, October 21, 2017

According to The Bible Players' website, “The Bible Players are a Torah Comedy team based in New York City that are teaching Jewish Values and sweeping the nation! Andrew Davies and Aaron Friedman use theater and improv to infuse comedy and laughs into tales from the Torah and beyond.” This weekend promises to be fun for congregants of all ages, so you won’t want to miss it.

Tentative schedule for the weekend (check back for final times!):

  • Friday eve, October 20: Grades K-4 B’Yachad service at 6:15, followed by dinner at 7:00, with a Bible Players performance from 7:30-8:15.
  • Saturday morning, October 21: The performers will give a short D’var Torah during the service. We will host a congregational luncheon after services, with a Bible Players performance from 12:45-1:30.
  • Saturday eve, October 21: Grades 5-7 B’Yachad including teens with their parents. Dinner will begin at 6:30, followed by Havdalah and a Bible Players performance.

Thank you to CBE's Religious School and Adult Program Committee for presenting this weekend full of Torah comedy for all!


The Many Judaisms of the Second Temple Era – A Short Course 

Taught by Rabbi Michelle “Mina” Goldsmith
Seven Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30 PM beginning October 18, 2017

Judaism as we know and live it is not the same as the Judaism of the early Israelites in the Torah.  In this mini-course we will explore how Judaism changed following the exile to and return from Babylonia.  We will learn about the various Jewish sects battling for supremacy throughout the late Second Temple Era.  We will discover how rabbinic Judaism “won” and discuss the parting of the Jewish and early Christian communities.  Our source book for this mini-course will be the Third Edition of Shaye Cohen’s great work:  From the Maccabees to the Mishnah. 

Schedule: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6,13. Dates are subject to change; check the online calendar for confirmation.

You can order the book from Amazon and CBE will earn a small advertising fee. Just go to the CBE Amazon page and click on the link or graphic for this book.

Fee: $18 CBE Members / $36 Non-Members (for the series) ; CBE Members please complete the online registration form, or contact the office if you prefer. Non-members are welcome; contact the office with any questions or to register.


Meaning and Midrash – A Mini Course

Taught by Rabbi Michelle “Mina” Goldsmith
Four Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30 PM beginning January 3, 2018

At synagogues around the world it is common to hear a rabbi say:  “In the Midrash we read...”  In this four-week mini-course we will learn about the difference between midrash and aggadah, the various types of midrashim, how midrash helps us to understand, amplify, and find meaning in the text of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible).  We will discuss the influence of the midrash and how it shapes our understanding of the Tanakh as well as our worldview.

Schedule:  January 3, 10, 17 and February 7. Dates are subject to change; check the online calendar for confirmation.

Fee: $9 CBE Members / $18 Non-Members (for the series) ; CBE Members please complete the online registration form, or contact the office if you prefer. Non-members are welcome; contact the office with any questions or to register.


Introduction to Kabbalah & Jewish Mysticism – A Mini Course

Taught by Rabbi Michelle “Mina” Goldsmith
Four Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30 PM beginning February 14, 2018

Our earliest ancestors Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses, all at one time or another had visions or dreams in which they spoke with God.  King David poured out his soul to God through the writing of Psalms. The rabbis of the Talmud reached out to God through study. Yet another way Jews have tried to connect to God is through Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism.  In this four week mini-course we will learn the history of Kabbalah, read excerpts from some of the main Kabbalistic works, and discuss some of the main ideas of Kabbalah that can connect you with God.

Schedule:  February 14, 21,28 and March 7. Dates are subject to change; check the online calendar for confirmation.

Fee: $9 CBE Members / $18 Non-Members (for the series) ; CBE Members please complete the online registration form, or contact the office if you prefer. Non-members are welcome; contact the office with any questions or to register.


Judaism and the World Religions – A Comparative Religion Short Course

Taught by Rabbi Michelle “Mina” Goldsmith
Ten Wednesdays,  12:00-1:30 PM beginning March 14, 2018     

Some of the most pressing issues of our day can be traced back to discord between adherents of various faiths.  In order to understand what is happening in the world we must understand the religions of our neighbors. In this ten week course we will establish a basis for how to compare religions and then explore the similarities and differences between Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and more. 

Schedule:  March 14, 21, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23. Dates are subject to change; check the online calendar for confirmation.

Fee: $18 CBE Members / $36 Non-Members (for the series) ; CBE Members please complete the online registration form, or contact the office if you prefer. Non-members are welcome; contact the office with any questions or to register.


Image of The First Hebrew Primer bookMastering Biblical Hebrew Part two

Taught by Rabbi Michelle “Mina” Goldsmith
Wednesdays 11:00 AM -12:00 PM beginning October 18, 2017 (see calendar for exceptions).

Hebrew has long been known as lashon ha-kodesh, the holy tongue, the language of the angels, the language of Israel, and the language of the Jews. Our holiest ritual item, the Torah is written in Biblical Hebrew. This course is designed for beginning students (need a review of the letters) all the way through intermediate students (can read Hebrew and know some Hebrew grammar/translations). Using The First Hebrew Primer we will work to systematically master Biblical Hebrew, including reading and translating the entire Book of Ruth by the end of the year.

Fee: $18 Members / $36 Non-Members (for the series) ; CBE Members please complete the online registration form, or contact the office if you prefer. Non-members are welcome; contact the office with any questions or to register.


Shabbat Study Session

Taught by Rabbi Michelle “Mina” Goldsmith
Following services on the 1st and 3rd Shabbat of every month (see calendar for exceptions).

While we Jews are known as the “People of the Book,” the truth is that there are many books of great importance to the Jewish people.  These include the Talmud, Midrash, books of philosophy and more.  In these twice monthly Shabbat sessions we will study excerpts from classic rabbinic and Jewish philosophic texts in order to help us understand the weekly Torah portion as well as issues of the day.

No fee, no RSVP required.


Introduction to Judaism

Individualized Instruction with Rabbi Michelle “Mina” Goldsmith
Designated Sundays

Judaism is the dynamic and inspirational religion of the Jewish people, going back over 3,500 years.  This tradition encompasses Jewish philosophy, thought, culture, and observance.   In this introductory course, those who seeking to enhance their Jewish knowledge, including those who are contemplating conversion, those married to someone Jewish, those from an assimilated Jewish background, and those who were actively raised as Jews, can learn about the wisdom and beauty of this wonderful tradition and oldest of the monotheistic faiths. 

Through an intensive study of the holidays and life-cycle including readings from the Hebrew Bible, rabbinic literature, the prayer-book, and philosophy texts, students will enhance their understanding of Jewish history, culture, and tradition. 

Fee: $180 (for the series); please contact Rabbi Mina for more information.


Photo of the torah and yad on the bemaTorah Trope for Adults

Instructor: David Cerny
Class forming to start in October 2017

Have you always wanted to learn how to chant from a Torah scroll? Are you a parent of an upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah who would like to participate in your child's lifecycle event? In 8 easy sessions, this class will teach you all you need to know to chant Torah at Shabbat and Holiday services, here or at other synagogues. Final class project will be to learn to chant an actual Torah reading for a Shabbat service.   ABILITY TO READ HEBREW REQUIRED!

Fee: $72 Members/ $90 Non-Members (for the series). This 8-session course is forming to start in October, and otherwise is held whenever several people express interest. Contact David Cerny to express your interest in taking this class (or CBE members use the online registration form if registering for more than one course).


Better Balance and Mobility
 

The secret to staying active, independent and having fun is good balance! Start the New Year off right with our balance and mobility classes. Balance exercises are essential for preventing falls, improving mobility and avoiding other health problems. Our weekly balance and mobility classes are a simple and effective way to improve your balance, movement and self-confidence. Each class teaches fun, simple and effective exercises and activities that help rejuvenate your balance. Many of the exercises also help stimulate the important activities of your brain such as memory and critical thinking. Our classes are appropriate for all ages and abilities. Comfy clothing and a good pair of non-slip shoes are all that is needed. Canes, walkers and wheelchairs welcome. Classes meet at CBE Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 PM and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 PM. 

Cost and schedule vary; for more information or to sign up please call the CBE office at 703-860-4515 ext 101.


Learn to Lift

Instructor: Josh Winston
On Demand

Want to be more involved in Saturday morning services? Want to perform a regular mitzvah as Hagbah? In one session learn the 7 techniques needed to lift the Torah during services on Saturday morning or holidays. If you can lift 20 lbs. you can lift the Torah! All ages and genders welcome, no Hebrew skills needed. Questions? Contact Josh Winston.

Fee: No Charge - RSVP to Josh Winston to express interest in a future date (or CBE members can use the online registration form if registering for more than one course).


Learn to Be a Bimah Gabbai

Instructor: David Cerny
On Demand

What is a Bimah Gabbai, you ask? A Bimah Gabbai ensures a smooth running Torah service. Responsibilities include making sure that the Torah is read correctly and assisting those given a Torah honor with performing that honor. Each Torah service requires 2 people to perform this function. Prerequisites: Must be able to read Hebrew and follow those chanting Torah; familiarity with the Torah service is helpful, but not required; being able to chant Torah is helpful, but not required. A willingness to volunteer on an occasional basis would be most appreciated.

Fee: No Charge -  This 1 or 2-session course is held whenever several people express interest. Contact Suzanne Stluka and Diane Lowenthal, Adult Program Co-Chairs to express your interest in taking this class (or CBE members use the online registration form if registering for more than one course).


Mashgiach Class

Instructors: Rabbi Mina and Ellen MacDonald
On Demand

Become a certified supervisor of Kashrut in the CBE kitchen.

Fee: No Charge - Course is held whenever several people express interest. Contact Suzanne Stluka and Diane Lowenthal, Adult Program Co-Chairs to express your interest in taking this class (or CBE members use the online registration form if registering for more than one course).


Registration for Adult Education Classes

CBE Members may use the online registration form, or contact the office if you prefer.  Non-members are welcomecontact the office via email or call (703)860-4515 x101 with any questions and to register.