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Beth Shalom Congregation 
8070 Harriet Tubman Lane
Columbia, MD 21044

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Jessica Schultz 
Beth Shalom Congregation 

Author Series 

We are thrilled to bring local authors to Beth Shalom to speak about their books and their writing.  Below are a few to start with, but look for announcements of additional authors.

All author talks are free and open to the community.


The Garment Maker’s Daughter

by Hillary Stern

Sunday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The Garment Maker’s Daughter is a multigenerational saga of immigrant dreams and sweatshop realities, labor strikes and women’s rights. Spanning the first half of the twentieth century, this is a story about unforgettable characters and the threads of friendship, love, betrayal, and redemption that form the fabric of their lives.


Coping with Adversity: Judaism’s Response to Illness and other Life Struggles

by Rabbi Gordon Fuller

Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Coping with Adversity draws on the practical wisdom of ancient Jewish teachings and scripture to help people of all faiths. The advice, inspiration, and comfort from the vast stores of Judaic heritage uplift the spirit and give encouragement to those facing illness, mental anguish, and uncertainty.

Rabbi Fuller is a member of Beth Shalom.


Adult Education 

Spring 2018 Course Offerings

The First Hebrew Woman Writer - Foner or Baron? with Michal Cohen

Thursdays, January 11, 18 & 25, and February 1 at 7:45 p.m.

The title of the "First Hebrew Woman Writer" is contended by several women who published novels and short stories at the turn of the 20th Century. Rather than decide which one deserves the title, we will study samples from the writings of two who were translated into English: Sarah Feiga Foner and Dvora Baron. We will also hear about other writers who were not translated, such as Nechama Feinstein, Batya Kahana, and Elisheva Bikhovsky. 

 Dr. Michal Fram Cohen received her Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University in 2017. She wrote her dissertation on the Hebrew writer Sarah Feiga Foner and lectured about her in Israel and the U.S. Michal taught courses on Hebrew literature in English translation at Beth Shalom Congregation in 2013 and 2015.

 Fee: $20 members; $40 non-members    


Conversational Hebrew with Ora Fisch

Wednesdays beginning January 31 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  


Understanding Prayer Hebrew with Michael Osheroff

Thursdays beginning February 8 at 7:45 p.m.

This class will focus on expanding reading fluency as well as introducing vocabulary, comprehension, and syntax.  Pre-requisite: Prayer Hebrew Level 1 or the ability to read Hebrew.

Required Text: Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way, by Joseph Anderson and Linda Motzkin (not included)

Fee: $40 members; $80 non-members


Ideas That Influence Us: Jewish thinkers you’ve heard about but forgot, and some you might never have heard about at all with Rabbi Amy Scheinerman

 Tuesdays, February 6 & 13 at 7:45 p.m.

Snow Date: Tuesday, February 20

Among the many forces that propel change are ideas. Victor Hugo wrote: “There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” The way we think about God, the people Israel, Torah, holiness, Jewish ethics, Jewish ritual, and a host of other categories has changed over time thanks to seminal Jewish thinkers. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” We know some of these thinkers, others are no longer remembered, and yet others we may never have heard about. We will explore some of these thinkers, including possibly: Philo, Baruch Spinoza, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Mordecai Kaplan, Gershom Scholem, Sherwin Wine. (If you have suggestions or requests, and let Rabbi Scheinerman know ahead of time, and she will plan accordingly.) Come learn the source of ideas you cherish (and some you might revile) and others you might wish to adopt.

Fee: $10 members; $20 non-members  


Songs with the Cantor

Songs for Shabbat

 Sunday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Songs for Passover

Sunday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Enhance your Shabbat and Seder! Sign up for one or both workshops to learn a variety of songs for your Shabbat table or for your Passover seder.    

 Fee per class:  $5 members; $10 non-members 


Why We Do What We Do: Making Sense of Jewish Tradition and Belief with Rabbi Susan Grossman

 Tuesdays, March 20, April 17, May 15 & June 19 at 7:45 p.m. 

Delve deep into Jewish tradition and belief to find the answers that make sense to you in this participatory monthly study circle with Rabbi Grossman.

Required Text: The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews, edited by Rabbi Martin Cohen (not included)

Fee: $20 members; $40 non-members