Adult Learning

Torah Trope

by Lynn Crocker on September 11, 2019

Torah Trope Begins Sunday, September 22, 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Adults are welcome to join in as our Kita Hey (5th grade) and older new students learn Torah trope, musical cantillation used to chant from the Torah! Please email Barbara at biran@beth-david.org if you want join the class. Full schedule is: Sept 22; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3,... Read more »

Mishna Class: Terumot (Heave offerings)

by Lynn Crocker on September 11, 2019

Mishna Class: Terumot (Heave offerings) Saturday, September 21 After lunch, approx 12:45 p.m. Taught by Shmuel Shultz. There were two basic types of terumah: one was the regular heave offering or terumah gedolah (“great terumah”) which the Israelites were required to separate from their own crops and to give to the priest; the other was the “tithe heave offering” or... Read more »

Parasha Yoga with Laurie Matzkin

by Lynn Crocker on August 21, 2019

Parasha Yoga  with Laurie Matzkin Saturday, September 7, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Parasha Yoga provides a refreshing mix of Jewish learning (with themes flowing from the weekly parsha, upcoming holidays, and beyond) with guided meditation, breath work and asana practice. Suitable for all levels.... Read more »

Siyum – Menachot (Meal offerings)

by Lynn Crocker on August 14, 2019

Siyum – Menachot (Meal offerings) Sunday September 1, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Siyum – Menachot (Meal offerings) belongs to the fifth order, Kodshim (Holy things) and discusses the various grain/based offerings in the Temple.  Followed by a light breakfast.  Donation jar.  Taught by Shmuel Shultz... Read more »

Epigenetics in Development and Disease

by Lynn Crocker on August 7, 2019

Epigenetics in Development and Disease Sunday September 2210:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Presented by Dr. Yonatan Stelzer, Dept of Cellular Biology Weizmann Institute of Science. Read more about Dr. Stezler Dr. Steizer explores the biological mechanisms of how environmental influences like famine, diet, aging and other stress factors could all potentially impact the human genome, and how despite genetics and DNA we... Read more »

About Dr. Yonatan Stelzer

by Lynn Crocker on August 7, 2019

About Dr. Yonatan Stelzer, Department of Molecular Cell Biology Dr. Stelzer has always been intrigued by the possibility of using embryonic stem cells to study human genetics and disease. He is an expert in the field of epigenetics—the study of biological mechanisms that modify our inheritable gene activity to switch them on and off. His research on cell fate and... Read more »

ELI Talks – Videos – Discussion and Brunch

by Lynn Crocker on August 7, 2019

ELI Talks – Videos – Discussion and Brunch Sunday September 810:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. You’ve heard of TED talks, well, there are ELI talks, ELI stands for Religious Engagement, Jewish Literacy and Jewish Identity. Enjoy videos, a moderated discussion and brunch. Please RSVP online or call the office at 408-257-3333. Cost is $5.00 1. Dara Horn, “The Eicha problem... Read more »

Mishna Class

by Lynn Crocker on July 22, 2019

Mishna Class Sabbatical Year Saturday, August 17thAfter lunch, approx 1:00pm Taught by Shmuel Shultz. The Sabbatical year is a year observed every seventh year under the Mosaic law as a “sabbath” during which the land was allowed to rest... Read more »
A View of South Africa with Dr. Marcia Bankirer Thursday, June 20, 7:30 – 9:00pm In December 2018, Dr. Marcia Bankirer accompanied an interdisciplinary group of graduate students to Johannesburg and Cape Town. While in the country the group applied their knowledge as they visited schools, agencies, museums, and met with several social justice activists.  At this Adult Ed Session,... Read more »

Netivot Haneshamah

by Lynn Crocker on May 15, 2019

Mindfulness and Meditation  Through the Hasidic Lens                      An Exploration of Shabbat Prayer & Study     June 8, 10:30 a.m.                           For Russian speakers. Led by Rabbi Ilana Baird, in Russian Approachable Torah June 22, 10:15 a.m.    A lively conversation about the Torah portion. Participants connect Torah lessons to their own... Read more »

Walking Through the Prayerbook

by Lynn Crocker on May 2, 2019

Walking Through the Prayerbook Led by Chuck Taubman Mondays 11:45 a.m.  – 12:45 p.m. A weekly, casual, unscripted class where we study well-known prayers from the Siddur, learn their meanings, and decipher their pronunciation. We also examine the customs of the prayer: e.g. how to stand, when to bow, and the “etiquette” of vocalizing. Stress-free discussions will help you develop... Read more »

Menschlichkeit 101

by Lynn Crocker on April 15, 2019

Menschlichkeit 101 Saturday, May 4 after lunch, approx 1:00 p.m. Join us after kiddush lunch to learn more about the importance of compassion and respect from Rabbi Pressman.... Read more »

Yoga for the Soul

by Lynn Crocker on April 8, 2019

Yoga for the Soul For Teens and Adults Sunday, April 28 from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Taught by certified Yoga instructor John Nadler. In addition to a challenging workout, John shows how yoga shifts your life’s balance toward a more centered position, balancing the body, the mind and the spirit. This program is made possible by a grant from Jewish... Read more »

Refugee Rights in Polarized Times 3/31

by Lynn Crocker on March 25, 2019

View Flyer Refugee Rights in Polarized Times Sunday March 31 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz will speak about the Jewish underpinnings of his social justice work with an emphasis on his work with Arizona Jews for Justice and refugee rights. As a global social justice activist and educator, Rav Shmuly has volunteered, taught, and staffed missions in five continents.  He served... Read more »

The Memoirs of Glückel of Hameln – 4/14

by Lynn Crocker on March 14, 2019

The Memoirs of Glückel of Hameln Sunday, April 14, 10:15am – 12:00pm Gluckel of Hameln was an intrepid  businesswoman, a mother of twelve children, a passionate wife, and a memoirist. She died in 1724, at the age of seventy-eight. Her memoirs are a rare window into the life of European Jewish women of the period. Come learn about this unique woman... Read more »

Thriving in the Face of Adversity 3/16

by Lynn Crocker on March 12, 2019

Thriving in the Face of Adversity – 3/16 Israel Today Discussion Saturday, March 16  After lunch, approx 1:00pm  This month we are joined by Alona Metz, Founder & Executive Director of Thrivacious. Alona will talk about the topic: Thriving In The Face of Adversity. She will recall how her journey to Israel to reclaim her life after a shocking diagnosis led to a... Read more »

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Life 3/17

by Lynn Crocker on March 4, 2019

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Life Sunday, March 17, 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Rabbi Darren Kleinberg, Ph.D., head of Kehillah Jewish High School,  will discuss the life of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Read more about Rabbi Kleinberg All adults and mature teens welcome. In 1945 Rabbi Heschel became professor of ethics and mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New... Read more »

Peah – How Do We Treat the Poor?

by Lynn Crocker on February 13, 2019

Peah – How Do We Treat the Poor? Saturday February 16After lunch, approx 12:45 p.m.Taught by Shmuel Shultz How much of the field do we leave them to eat? Come learn about this important Mitzvah.... Read more »

Israel Today! Shabbat Seminars

by Lynn Crocker on February 10, 2019

Israel Today! Saturday, May 18 After lunch, approximately 1:00 p.m.  Come join and discuss current events of our homeland Israel.  ... Read more »

Mishna Class

by Lynn Crocker on January 22, 2019

Mishna Class  Learning dedicated to Susan Gavens Taught by Shmuel Shultz Saturday, January 26, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Berachot – blessings, Shema and prayer (Amidah). What we do and don’t do. Why? And, why not? ... Read more »

Return of the Olomouc Torah 2/24

by Lynn Crocker on January 14, 2019

Return of the Olomouc Torah Sunday, February 24 10:30am – 12:00pm Rabbi Corey Helfand of Peninsula Sinai Congregation tells the poignant story of the survival and eventual return of the Olomouc Torah to its original home in the Czech Republic.... Read more »

The Bible on Location – 11/29

by Lynn Crocker on November 22, 2018

The Bible on Location Thursday November 29 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Julie Baretz is an Israeli tour guide and author of The Bible on Location, a guidebook to Biblical sites. Her narratives draw on history, archaeology, academic scholarship, and rabbinic literature. About the Author: Julie grew up in Valley Cottage, NY and has a BA degree in English Literature. In... Read more »

Israeli-Russian Reception & Panel Presentation – 11/28

by Lynn Crocker on November 20, 2018

Israeli-Russian Reception & Panel Presentation PROGRAM IS IN RUSSIAN 7:00pm kosher reception (L’Chaim Sushi) and live music 7:30pm – conversation with guests: panel discussion 9:00pm rapping up and some more food Panelists include: Igor Rubinstein, Tamara Klingon, Olga Kleiner, Igor Peer, and Alex Madigov Panelists Igor Rubinstei An expert in public relations, creative director and content An advertising and marketing.... Read more »

The Bible on Location

by Lynn Crocker on October 31, 2018

The Bible on Location Thursday, November 29 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Julie Baretz is an Israeli tour guide and author of The Bible on Location, a guidebook to Biblical sites. Her narratives draw on history, archaeology, academic scholarship, and rabbinic literature. About the Author: Julie grew up in Valley Cottage, NY and has a BA degree in English Literature. In... Read more »

Scholar-in-Residence Weekend Begins January 11th

by Jaymee Alpert on October 25, 2018

Scholar-in-Residence January 11 – 13, 2019 We welcome Rabbi Daniel Vaisrub as our  Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Vaisrub studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar (Efrat, Israel), and Hebrew Theological College (Skokie, Illinois). He received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau (former Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel). Presently he is Professor of Talmud at Hebrew Seminary (Skokie, Illinois). He has taught Hebrew Bible, Talmud, Midrash,... Read more »