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: CBI 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”.

Hebrew for Beginners

January 6, 13, 27,  February 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 24, 31, April 7,14, 28, May 5
10:15-11:45 AM  I  Bendalin Conference Room
CBI Instructor:  Jason Bronowitz, Reynolds Family Rabbinic Intern
Cost: $250 (CBI Members Only Please); Registration

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).

Scholar in Residence Weekend

January 25-28
A Weekend of Learning with Rabbi David Ellenson, Interim
President and Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union
College – Jewish Institute of Religion

Learn from one of the world’s greatest minds of Judaism through his engaging style of teaching. Dr. Ellenson is internationally recognized for his publications and research in the areas of Jewish religious thought, ethics and modern Jewish history.

March 22-24
Learn with Rabbi Lydia Medwin, the Director of
Congregational Engagement and Outreach from The Temple in Atlanta. 

Rabbi Medwin will guide us through a weekend of Torah-infused teaching, relationship building, and intentional community building.  Rabbi Medwin is a Co-Author of The Relational Judaism Handbook: How To Build and Deepen Relationships in Your Community.

The Book of Ruth
January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 27
7pm, Instructor: Norman Cohen
Cost: No Cost for Members, $36 for Non Members

Though only 4 chapters, is a rich resource for a variety of Biblical and contemporary topics among the Jewish people, then and now.

Welcoming the stranger, the power of friendship, the importance of inclusion, the way of conversion, our response to mixed marriage, the significance of women, the ironic redemption from the most suspicious sins, and the importance of the Davidic line.

Our study will include an in depth look at the “Two Way Conversation between Naomi and Ruth” (Ruth 1: 16) what many think is merely a monologue!

Introduction to Judaism
Explore a modern take on Jewish life. Engage with Jewish values, celebrations, and spirituality.
Download Syllabus  Oct 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 27, Dec 4, 11, Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar 5
Tuesdays, 7-9pm  I Bendalin Conference Room at CBI
CBI Instructor: Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin
URJ to Register

Shabbat Morning Learner’s Service
Saturday, January 12,10AM

Have you ever wondered why we sit for some of the service, and why at other times we stand? Have you been unsure about when to bow and why sometimes people cover their eyes? What about the significance of wearing a Kipah or Tallit? Join your CBI clergy and the Introduction to Judaism class for a participatory Shabbat morning Learner’s Service.  No question is off limits, so come curious!

Pre-Passover Shabbaton
Saturday, April TBD

Join us for a nosh and an afternoon of inspiring learning to enrich your Passover celebration.

Valley Beit Midrash

Congregation Beth Israel is proud to be a partner congregation of Valley Beit Midrash.  Valley Beit Midrash seeks to bring great minds in Jewish education and thought-leadership to Jewish life in the Valley.  Please visit to learn more about programs taking place this year at CBI and at other locations in the Greater Phoenix Jewish community.