"These are the obligations without measure, whose reward, too, is without measure: To honor father and mother; to perform acts of love and kindness; to attend the house of study daily; to welcome the stranger; to visit the sick; to rejoice with bride and groom; to console the bereaved; to pray with sincerity; to make peace where there is strife.
And the study of Torah is equal to them all, because it leads to them all."
Beth David is a house of learning, and learning permeates all aspects of congregational life. We truly believe that Jewish education is a lifelong experience and does not stop at Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, or graduation from high school. Beth David offers a variety of formal and informal learning opportunities, from adult b'nai (bar or bat) mitzvah classes to book groups in members' homes, assuring that all of our congregants will find something that appeals to their desire to grow and learn. The Life-Long Learning Committee; our Temple Educator, Susan Levey; and individual groups all have a hand in creating the learning opportunities that enrich our lives. For information about any of our Adult Education opportunities, please contact Educator, Susan Levey.
Shabbat Torah Study
Held at 9:30 AM, is open to all adults. Each Saturday, from September through June, the Rabbi leads a lively discussion on the week's Torah portion in the Temple's library. Come once or make it a habit. No RSVP is needed.
Organized by the Life Long Learning Committee and open to all, this program offers informal learning over Sunday morning brunch, featuring presentations from guest experts in a variety of fields. Among the presenters have been poets, genealogists, physicians, and entertainers. No reservations are needed. There is a nominal charge to cover the cost of brunch. Koffee Kallah is scheduled a few times each year and publicized. Please see Beth David This Week and the Calendar for the most up-to-date information.
Beth David currently has several ongoing Chavurot, study groups open to all adult congregants. We are also most open to supporting more if there is interest that is not being met by current groups and schedules. Chavurah Aleph-Bet is an informal group that meets Sunday evenings approximately once a month at members' homes, for discussion of Jewish topics from archeology to literature to politics. Beit Midrash is a weekly evening study session led by preeminent rabbis and rabbinic students. Some of the attendees at Beit Midrash have been studying together weekly for the past 18 years, and they welcome new participants. This group meets on Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30 PM.
Adult Hebrew and B'nai Mitzvah Preparation
The knowledge gained through adult b'nai mitzvah preparation is sacred, giving added meaning to synagogue services and to the personal lives of the b'nai mitzvah as Jews. Adult B'nai Mitzvah preparation is usually offered every other year, in response to demand. A B'nai Mitzvah service follows eight months of intensive study of basic principals in Judaism.
Did you know that you are most welcome to come and study in the school on days when school is not in session? You are invited to come and learn Torah chanting through a computer program. There are computers available for Torah study. Inquire at the school office, and we will be happy to get you started.
Beth David Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) sponsors two long-standing book clubs that are open to all Beth David women. One group meets on Monday evenings, the other on Wednesday evenings, in the homes of members. In addition, a co-ed book group meets intermittently on Sundays. Recent books read include Still Alice by Lisa Genova, Pulitzer-prize-winning Olive Kittredge by Elizabeth Strout, and Plague of Doves by Louise Erdich. For more information click here.