Adult Education - Winter/Spring 2017

The 2016-17 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.


Special Event: Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David Ebstein

Rabbi David Ebstein photoFriday, March 3 - Saturday, March 4


We are delighted to welcome CBE's rabbi from 1988 to 1995, Rabbi David Ebstein, for a series of talks on the topic: Land is a Four Letter Word: Why We Don’t Talk about Eretz Yisrael and Why We Should. These discussions will focus on the religious and theological aspects of Israel's importance to Judaism; Rabbi David will not promote any political agenda and the intent of his visit is to inform rather than persuade.

Join CBE’s former rabbi for any or all of these free events!

  • Friday evening Shabbat Potluck Dinner (please RSVP at http://bethemeth.org/potluck),
  • Shabbat Evening Service with CBE and Olam Tikvah Chorales, then
  • Following evening services Rabbi David will present: This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land. 
  • On Saturday, Rabbi David will deliver the sermon: Holy Time (Shabbat) vs. Holy Space (Israel): Which is more important?
  • Following kiddush luncheon, he will share with us: The Temple Mount is in Our Hands: Is it Really?

You will surely not want to miss these wonderful opportunities to learn from and with CBE's own former Rabbi David. All events are free and open to all congregants and friends, and full information on the events and on Rabbi David is on the Scholar-in-Residence page.


Practical Jewish Ethics for our Lives

Instructor: Rabbi Michelle "Mina" Goldsmith
Wednesdays 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (see calendar for exceptions).

Photo of book series Jewish Choices, Jewish VoicesJudaism is about far more than prayer in the sanctuary, lighting a menorah, or eating bagels with lox and cream cheese. It is a way of life that brought the world ethical monotheism more than 3,500 years ago. Its ethical teachings are as relevant to us today as always.  In a world deeply in need of more ethical behavior, this course will help us learn how to bring Jewish ethical teachings to bear on our understandings of sex and intimacy, power, Money, war and national security, social justice, and our bodies. To guide us in our discussions we will be using 
material from the six-book series Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices.

Participants do not need to purchase these books as discussion excerpts will be shared. 

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.


Image of The First Hebrew Primer bookMastering Biblical Hebrew

Instructor: Rabbi Michelle “Mina” Goldsmith
Wednesdays 11:00 AM -12:00 PM (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.


Book cover - Ein YaakovWisdom from the Ein Ya’akov: The Ethical & Inspirational Teachings of the Talmud

Instructor: 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,” which is a reference to the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible), we are also the people of the Talmud.  It is the source of much of Jewish law (halachah).  However, among the nearly 3,000 pages of the Talmud are great ethical teachings, interesting stories, allegories, sayings, and more.  These many wonderful teachings were collected by Rabbi Yaakov ibn Chaviv in the 15th century in a collection called Ein Ya’akov.  Join Rabbi Mina for fun and enlightening discussions on the teachings of the Ein Ya’akov following our Kiddush luncheons.

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.

No fee, no RSVP required.


Image of book cover Conservative Judaism Today and TomorrowConservative Judaism Today and Tomorrow: The collected essays of Professor Arnold M. Eisen

Instructor: Rabbi Michelle “Mina” Goldsmith
Following services on the 2nd Shabbat of every month (see calendar for exceptions). 

Congregation Beth Emeth, since its inception, has been committed to the ideals of Conservative Egalitarian Judaism. Despite its name though, Conservative Judaism is dynamic and changing.  Please join Rabbi Mina as we discuss Chancellor Eisen’s essays on essential matters of Jewish belief, practice, community, and 
identity from a 21st century Conservative perspective.

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.

No fee, no registration required. Drop-ins welcome!


Introduction to Judaism

Individualized Instruction with Rabbi Michelle “Mina” Goldsmith

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 are 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.  

There is a fee for this instruction; please contact Rabbi Mina for more information.


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
April 2, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

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 sign up or express interest in a future date (or CBE members can use the online registration form if registering for more than one course).


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

Instructor: David Cerny
On Demand

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 held whenever several people express interest. Contact Suzanne Stluka, Adult Program Chair to express your interest in taking this class (or CBE members 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, Adult Program Chair 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, Adult Program Chair 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.