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Everything you wanted to know about Judaism: Thurs., March 16-May 25

Coversational Hebrew: Wednedays beginning Jan. 18

Prayer Hebrew Level I: Thursdays beginning March 16

Crisis & Conflict: Sun., March 19 & April 2


Beth Shalom Congregation 
8070 Harriet Tubman Lane
Columbia, MD 21044

Driving Directions 


Jessica Schultz 
Beth Shalom Congregation 

Beth Shalom's Jewish Author Series

Three weekday and one Friday evening Sabbath program brings to us four amazing Jewish authors speaking about their most recent works. Reading the highlighted book beforehand will enhance your experience but is not required. Books can be ordered online at amazon.com through www.beth-shalom.net

Single Author Fee: $10 members; $20 non-members or Save with the Series Fee: $25 members; $50 non-members. (Friday Shabbat Author Program – free)

Tuesday, January 10 at 7:45 p.m.: Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food, 2016 with author Roger Horowitz

Sunday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.: Deborah Rising, 2016 with author Avraham Azriele

Tuesday, May 9 at 7:45 p.m.: Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say About You-Know-What with author Maggie Anton

Special Friday Evening Author (This program is free)

Friday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m.: Exiles in Sepharad: The Jewish Millennium in Spain with author Jeffrey Gorsky


Adult Education 

Spring 2017 Course Offerings

Everything You Wanted To Know About Judaism But Didn’t Know Who to Ask

with Rabbi Susan Grossman

Thursdays, March 16 - May 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Dive deep into Jewish faith, wisdom, history and tradition in this interactive and relaxed seminar perfect for both those who went to Hebrew School and those who did not, as well as anyone raising Jewish children or considering conversion. Significant others and interfaith couples welcome. No previous knowledge necessary. Please consider signing up for Prayer Hebrew Level I that immediately follows at 7:45 pm.

Recommended texts: Jewish Literacy by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and/or Essential Judaism by George Robinson 

Suggested donation: $10 individual member; $18 per couple members; $20 individual non-member; $36 per couple non-members


Conversational Hebrew

with Ora Fisch

Wednesdays beginning January 18 at 7:45 p.m.

This is an intermediate level class, with emphasis on grammar, conversational Hebrew, and vocabulary acquisition led by Master Teacher and native Israeli, Ora Fisch. This class is a continuation of the class held this past spring, but newcomers are welcome.

Fee: $45 members; $75  non-members  


Prayer Hebrew I

with Michael Osheroff

Thursdays beginning March 16 at 7:45 p.m.

This beginner class builds prayer Hebrew reading fluency and some basic vocabulary focusing on Friday evening services.  Fee includes the text book: Shalom Aleichem

Fee: $45 members; $75 non-members


Crises and Conflicts: America, the Middle East, and International Concerns

 Beth Shalom is pleased to welcome two major international experts to address contemporary issues of critical concern. These lectures will be moderated by Rabbi Susan Grossman. 

Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat: Challenges Ahead for the Jewish World

Sunday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. 

Renowned American diplomat Stuart Eizenstat will address the strategic issues facing Israel (Iran, the BDS movement, and the peace process), US-Israel relations in the new Trump Administration, and the American and Diaspora Jewish communities (terrorism and assimilation) in what promises to be a powerful and insightful evening.

Ambassador Eizenstat served as the United States Ambassador to the European Union from 1993 to 1996 and as the United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury from 1999 to 2001. He currently serves as Special Adviser on Holocaust Issues for the State Department with particular involvement in Holocaust reparations.

 Samuel M. Witten: Refugee Crisis and Immigration Policy

Sunday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. 

In what promises to be a thought provoking and timely program, Samuel M. Witten will discuss the role the US and other countries play in addressing global refugee relief, our government’s long standing refugee resettlement program, and his own experience at the State Department in helping to address the Iraqi and Syrian refugee crises and admission of refugees to the United States.

Mr. Witten has served with distinction in key positions in the State Department dealing with counterterrorism, war crimes and immigration and refugee policy. He was the number two person in charge of all State Department legal matters, including dealing with human rights and refugee issues.This series is co-sponsored with Men's Club

Series Fee: $10 Men's Club members; $12 Beth Shalom members; $24 non-members