Congregation Beth Israel is proud to offer dynamic Jewish educational experience’s that inspire life-long learning. We are dedicated to giving everyone the core values, knowledge and tools to continue on a path of life-long Jewish learning.  Everyone is welcome, no previous knowledge is necessary.  Donations to the Adult Education Fund are appreciated.

Courses & Lectures

Torah Study
Year-Round, Every Shabbat Morning
9 AM – Bendalin Conference Room, CBI
Instructors: Rabbi Kahn & Guest Clergy – No Cost

Join us for Torah study every Shabbat from 9am to 9:45am in the Bendalin Conference room. It is open to everyone regardless of Jewish literacy or Hebrew knowledge. Enhance your comfort level with Judaism.  There is no preparation required. The class is led by the rabbis, with a healthy dose of humor and thoughtful discussion of text. As the Torah is timeless, its relevance to modern life is a part of our weekly study. According to the Talmud “The study of Torah [is greater than the sum of doing all Mitzvot] because it leads to them all”.

Class on Prophets: Joshua
Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5 & 26, May 3
7:00-8:30 PM, CBI Library
Instructor: Rabbi Norman Cohen

Moses is, without a doubt, the greatest figure in Jewish legend and lore. Imagine how tough it must have been for Joshua to be his successor.  Succession and transition occurs in many ways throughout our own lives.
Discover the world of Joshua, this compelling figure in biblical history who led the people of Israel after Moses’ death.  Amplify your connection to Torah through a study of the Book of Joshua, considered by some scholars as the sixth book of the Torah, creating the Hexateuch theory.
Learn about succession and transition through Joshua’s story, and how his feats parallel those of Moses in a way that paints a meaningful portrait of the transfer of authority and leadership.

Scholar in Residence Weekend
January 19-20, 2018
A Weekend of Learning with Rabbi David Ellenson, Chancellor of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Hebrew for Beginners
Sundays, October 15, 22; November 12, 19; December 3,10,17; January 7,21,28; February 4,11,25 ; March 4,18,25 ; April 8 ,15,22,29 & May 6
10:15-11:45 AM  I  Bendalin Conference Room, CBI
Instructor:  Jason Bronowitz, Reynolds Family Rabbinic Intern and Rabbi Tracee Rosen
Cost: $250 (CBI Members Only); Registration now closed.

Learn Hebrew in a supportive and engaging environment. This class is specifically designed for beginners with no Hebrew experience or those who wish to start over again and “brush up” on their Hebrew skills. It is also a prerequisite for students who wish to enroll in our Adult B’nei Mitzvah course (see Adult B’nei Mitzvah).