Adult Study

“Do not say, I will learn when I have leisure; you may never have it.”
Pirke Avot 2:5

Current Opportunities

Temple Beth Sholom encourages everyone in our community to engage in lifelong Jewish learning. Our goal is to cultivate Jewish consciousness through increased knowledge and awareness that will lead to action. Join us as together we create a welcoming and challenging place for learning and doing. We encourage our members to be both learners and teachers. For the current opportunities, please check the weekly Temple Talk e-mail, the HaKol Bulletin, and the Program Calendar section of the website.

Taste of Judaism

8:00 – 9:00 pm | Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 2017

Contact Noemi to reserve a space.Rabbi Davis with teach the basics of Jewish life: Spirituality, Ethics, and Community. This is a wonderful course for those new to the congregation, new to Jewish life, or interested in exploring the richness of our tradition.

Where Do I Begin?

An 18-week class for adults seeking to renew their childhood education and/or studying for conversion. Topics include Hebrew, holidays, rituals, prayer, philosophy, and theology. Taste the basics of Jewish life: spirituality, ethics, and community. This is a wonderful course for those new to the congregation, new to Jewish life, or interested in exploring the richness of our tradition. Contact any of the Rabbis for more information.

The Doubting, Ambivalent, and Questioning Jew

8:00 pm| Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 2018

Bring your own opinion and a willingness to listen to others. Rabbi Davis will lead this exploration of the spectrum of theological options that have been expressed and affirmed by both ancient and modern Jewish thinkers. You do not need to believe in God to participate in the class and you will not be excluded if you do.

Let Me Give A Sermon

This is an open workshop for those who wish to create and write a Devar Torah (sermonette). The Rabbis and Sages have methods for teaching the wisdom that flows from our rich texts. A Devar Torah is often given at meetings, study sessions, and services. Participants will meet with Rabbi Davis and will create a Devar Torah for our regular Shabbat morning minyan. Contact Rabbi Davis.

Tuesdays and Text

8:00 – 9:00 am | Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Contact Marshal Folstein or Rabbi Davis. This small group meets on the Bima in the Sanctuary to study the 613 mitzvot. The group is lay run and taught. No Hebrew is necessary, only a desire to dive deeply into the text and explore the lessons behind our system of law and tradition.

Coffee with Rabbi Davis

12:00 -1:00 pm | The second Tuesday of every month

No reservation needed – just stop by. Rabbi Davis will be in the Ulam HaShalom (The Welcome Center) to share a cup of coffee with you. This in an informal opportunity to meet and share life’s journey together.

Honoring the Memory of Rabbi Harry Jolt

8:00 pm | Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Rabbi Harry Jolt, blessed us with his vast wisdom, delightful sense of humor, and keen insights for many years. On the occasion of what would have been Rabbi Jolt’s 114th birthday, Rabbi Davis will lead this session in memory of Rabbi Jolt.

Two Jewish Vegans and their Rabbi

Friday evening, after services, November 3, 2017

Join Rabbi Glickstein along with and Donny Moss and Naomi Davis, two national leading animal rights activists who both grew up at Temple Beth Sholom. Following services and a Vegan Oneg, Rabbi Glickstein will conduct an open discussion with Donny and Naomi about the Jewish roots of their activism and advocacy work, and how Temple Beth Sholom affected their journey toward veganism and their passion for Animal Rights. Donny is a founder and contributor to Their Turn, a national organization which is helping to shift the nation’s attention to protecting animals and the son of Flo Moss and Morey Moss. Naomi is the Program Manager for Jewish Veg, a national organization whose mission is to encourage and help Jews to embrace plant-based diets as an expression of the Jewish values of compassion for animals, concern for health, and care for the environment. This past summer, Naomi led the first ever Vegan Birthright trip. Naomi is the daughter of Natalie and Rabbi Davis.

Spiritual Yoga Classes

9:25 – 10:30 am | Wednesdays

Fee: $10 per class

This experience will be an opportunity to practice yoga within the guidelines of the principles of alignment for safety while creatively following your heart to express Jewish teachings and values. Beginners welcome! The class is led by Lois Tepper with Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz.

Torah Study

9:30-10:30 am | Saturdays

Start your Saturday morning with Torah study and a “bagel with a schmear” of cream cheese. Prior to our Shabbat morning minyan, you will study Parashat HaShavua, the weekly Torah portion. The rabbis will lead a discussion of ancient commentaries and teachings and reveal the Torah’s modern and relevant lessons.

PACT (People Acting for Community Together)

Temple Beth Sholom is part of the social Justice Network and PACT (People Acting for Community Together). PACT unites, organizes, and trains leaders from diverse congregations, schools and community groups to build a powerful community voice. We empower ourselves, hold officials accountable, and achieve systemic change. For more information, contact chair people, Denis Russ and Jani Singer or Rabbi Davis.

  • Annual Meeting: Participants explore pressing communal issues and vote on the priority issues. Monday, October 23, 2017.
  • Rally: At the Rally, proposals that address the issues chosen are presented to the Justice Ministry Network members in preparation for the Nehemiah Action. Monday, February 26.
  • Nehemiah Action Assembly: At this Assembly officials are asked to commit to reasonable solutions that can be accomplished here in Miami-Dade County. Monday, March 19.
  • Celebration and Investment Drive Kickoff: PACT members gather to celebrate the victories of the Nehemiah Action, hear updates on the progress and status of this year’s issues, and begin the annual Investment Drive. Monday, May 21.
  • Temple Beth Sholom Leadership meetings: Join with others who want to make a difference and are interested in participating in community grassroots change. Contact Rabbi Davis

Our Muslim Neighbors, Our Muslim Friends

7:00 – 8:00 pm | October 16, 2017

The PACT (People Acting for Community Together) Leadership group of Temple Beth Sholom is hosting Imam Mikal Hamim and members of his community from Masjid Al-Ansar Mosque in Miami. Through the work of PACT, Temple Beth Sholom has worked closely with the Imam and members of the Muslim community for many years. Imam Mikal Hamim will share with us how the Islamic community understand interfaith work, why the Mosque chooses to participate in PACT, and some perspectives about Islamic and Jewish relationships in America. Join us, as well, for the PACT Annual meeting, October 23.

Melton Adult Mini-School

Temple Beth Sholom partners with the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School. Melton seeks to inspire, enlighten, and challenge adult learners from all segments of the Jewish community to study Judaism seriously. This two-year intensive program of Jewish learning includes Rhythms of Jewish Living, Purposes of Jewish Living, Dramas of Jewish Living Throughout the Ages, and Ethics of Jewish Living. Contact Rabbi Davis or caje-miami.org/melton or 305.576.4030.

Individual Study

Rabbi Glickstein, Rabbi Davis, Rabbi Pomerantz, Rabbi Morrison, Cantor Segal, Cantor Haas, Barb Shimansky, and Mark Baranek are available to help you design your own study of Jewish text, philosophy, or theology.

Learning in Partnership

Chevruta (partnership) is an age-old method of Jewish text study.  In chevruta, two students struggle together with the problems of a text.  Partnerships will be created and carefully prepared texts will be provided to enhance this independent study method.  Contact Rabbi Davis.

Torah Commentary

Commentaries and study materials for the Torah portion of the week written by leading rabbis and educators of the Reform Movement are available online. Go to: www.reformjudaism.org/learning.

Prayers and Blessings

The deepest feelings and emotions of the soul have been given voice through our prayers and blessings. The Reform Jewish website, www.reformjudaism.org/practice/prayers-blessings is a wonderful resource for finding prayers for Holidays, Lifecycle Events, Israel, Shabbat, Death, and Mourning, Rituals for Children, Special Moments, Current Events, and Daily Life.

ReformJudaism.org

The Reform Jewish website is a wonderful resource for expanding your knowledge base, seeking wisdom, and learning about the issues and opportunities that we face as modern Jews. Major sections include: Jewish Holidays, Jewish Life, Practice, Learning, Social Justice, and Israel. Go to: www.ReformJudaism.org

Introduction to Judaism – Where Do I Begin?

An 18-week class for adults seeking to renew their childhood education and/or studying for conversion. Topics include Hebrew, holidays, rituals, prayer, philosophy, and theology. Taste the basics of Jewish life: spirituality, ethics, and community. This is a wonderful course for those new to the congregation, new to Jewish life, or interested in exploring the richness of our tradition. Contact any of the Rabbis for more information.

Members of our congregation and community becoming Jews by choice participate in the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) Introduction to Judaism program. TBS clergy serve as faculty. The goal of URJ’s Introduction to Judaism program is to empower seekers, individuals and couples to explore Judaism. Weekly classes are augmented by Shabbat programs and additional experiential components.