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Enigmatic Biblical Institutions: Tuesdays, October 10, 17, 24

Freedom of Expression: Tuesdays, October 31, November 7 and 17 

The Origin of Jewishness: Tuesdays, November 28, December 5, 12

Conversational Hebrew: Wednesdays beginning September 6

Prayer Hebrew: Thursdays beginning October 19


High Holidays 101: Tuesday, September 12

Torah Trope: Mondays, October 23 and November 6



Beth Shalom Congregation 
8070 Harriet Tubman Lane
Columbia, MD 21044

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Jessica Schultz 
Beth Shalom Congregation 

Adult Education 

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

Enigmatic Biblical Institutions with Rabbi Amy Scheinerman

Tuesdays, October 10, 17 and 24 at 7:45 p.m.

The world of ancient Israel was socially, culturally, and yes, religiously very different from our own. The customs and practices, indeed, many social institutions are difficult to comprehend from the vantage point of the 21st century. We will discuss: (1) Levirate marriage and chalitzah (levirate marriage figures into the stories of Tamar and Judah, Ruth and Boaz, and arguably Lot and his daughters); (2) Sotah (the ordeal of the suspected adulteress, a case of what you see might not be what truly is); (3) and Tum’ah and Taharah (the laws of ritual purity, which still have echoes in Jewish life today). What are these institutions about? How did they function? What problems did they solve? What problems did they create?

Fee: $15 members; $30 non-members  


Freedom of Expression from Quill Pens to Twitter and Snapchat

with Michael Meyerson

Tuesdays, October 31 at 8:15 pm and November 7 and 14 at 7:45 pm

Discuss the creation of an American understanding of freedom of speech, the importance of freedom of speech in a democracy, the dangers and harms that can result from speech, and how technology and the internet does (or does not) change our view of free speech. 

Michael Meyerson is the DLA Piper Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law. His most recent book is Endowed By Our Creator: The Birth of Religious Freedom in America (Yale University Press 2012).

Fee: $15 members; $30 non-members  


The Origin of Jewishness with Rabbi Susan Grossman

 Tuesdays, November 28 and December 5 and 12 at :45 pm

Snow date: December 19 

Where did the Jews come from? How did we become the people and faith we think of today? These are some of the questions Rabbi Grossman will explore in this fascinating lecture series that will take you on a journey across centuries and continents to discover the origin of Jewishness. No previous knowledge necessary.

Suggested Text: Creating Judaism: History, Tradition, Practice by Michael Satlow   

 Fee: $15 members; $30 non-members    



Conversational Hebrew with Ora Fisch

Wednesdays September 6 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: $40 members; $80  non-members  


Prayer Hebrew with Michael Osheroff

Thursdays beginning October 19 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: $40 members; $80 non-members


High Holidays 101 (For Shabbat and Other Holidays Too) 

Tuesday, September 12 at 7:45 p.m.

Do you hesitate to accept a high holiday honor because you aren’t sure what you are supposed to do, where to stand, when to leave, or with whom to speak or what to say? Will you be on the bimah for the first time at your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah and have similar questions? Do you wonder what all those people on the bimah are doing? Come to this workshop to get these mysteries explained.

Learn what to do when you get an Aliyah, take the Torah out of the ark, carry the Torah, lift and roll the Torah, or dress the Torah. Find out what the gabbaim do during the Torah reading. Get an introduction to reading the Torah. Come with all your questions!

Fee: $5members; $10 non-members


Torah Trope with Cantor Richard Walters 

Mondays, October 23 and November 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Learn Torah trope in order to read from the Torah.  Participants will be given an audio file and will have follow-ups to check reading.  They will have the honor of reading from the Torah during Shabbat Services.  

Fee: $10 members; $20 non-members