Adult Education

“Leave home and go to a place of Torah.  Don’t say the Torah will come to you or that your companions will make it yours. Don’t depend on your own understanding.”  (Pirke Avot 4:4)

The Torah is called Etz Chaim — The Tree of Life.  Torah nurtures and sustains us. As we grow into adulthood, our thirst for knowledge grows and changes. Our Torah and our tradition can be the root of our lives, grounding us and drawing us closer to our community, our family, and ourselves. Rooted in these traditions and Jewish values, Temple Beth Ami offers a wide range of ongoing adult learning opportunities:

  • Torah Study – Join Rabbi Pokras and an engaged group of congregants every Saturday from 9-10 am to discuss the week’s parsha (Torah portion). Email Buzz Karpay to be added to the listserve, which provides a weekly Zoom link to participate. 
  • Jewish Book Council – TBA hosts a series of events each year to discuss books with Jewish themes. Learn more here.
  • Broadway Buzz – On the first Monday of each month at 10:30 am, Steve Friedman entertains and delights Broadway lovers with trivia, music, and entertainment. 
  • Women of TBA and Brotherhood – Both groups often organize educational programming. Learn more here and here.
  • Live and Learn – On the first, second, and third Tuesdays of each month from 10:30 am – 12 noon, a scholar teaches a series of classes on a wide range of topics of Jewish interest.
    • February 2021 – “Who or What is God in Islam?”, taught by Holly Jordan, was recorded. Click here (Password 7c$Hf40k) to watch Session 1. Click here (Password @*+9pb&F) to watch Session 2. Click here (Password $#q=Nbh5) to watch Session 3. 
    • February 23, 2021 – “Jewish Medical Ethics in the Time of COVID” taught by Rabbi Luxemburg was recorded. Click here to watch (Password 8Yu.&6sC)
    • March 9, 16, & 23, 2021 – “The Seder and The Siddur” taught by Rabbi Pokras was being recorded. Click here (Password z$AHph3$) to watch Session 1 – March 9. Click here (Password: 8Kpi*$3f) to watch Session 3 – March 23.
    • April 6, 13, & 20 – “Shtisel: A Glimpse into the Haredi World” taught by Ira Weiss is being recorded. Click here (Password: *gw5.N*c) to watch Session 1 – April 6.

See below for the current schedule of events or check your email for details.