Adult Education

Judaism values life long Jewish learning.  In the Mishna it states, “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.

Temple Beth Ami offers a rich variety of Adult Learning Opportunities

Saturday Morning Torah Study from 9:00 am – 10:30am

Saturday morning Torah Study is open to anyone interested in lively discussion of our heritage and its roots. You are invited to join a verse by verse examination of the Torah, a close reading of the text where all opinions and commentaries are encouraged. There is no cost to participate and beginners are always welcome!

Beginning Hebrew 

Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm; $50 per 5-class session; Sign up for one or for all! Hebrew classes will be taught by Cantor Eschler. Register for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions. Each session costs $50 per person.

  • FALL: Aleph-Bet Decoding: 10/9, 10/23, 11/13, 11/27, 12/11; Register by 9/25
  • WINTER: Hebrew Fluency & 1st 100 words: 1/8, 1/22, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12; Register by 12/21
  • SPRING: Prayer Book Hebrew: 3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21; Register by 3/12

Introduction to Judaism

Are there questions that you have always wanted to ask, but have been afraid to? Are there missing pieces in your understanding about Jewish beliefs, practices and customs?  Are you marrying someone Jewish? Jewish but never had much Jewish education? Raising Jewish children and want to know more? Studying to become an Adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah? 

There are a lot of questions in Judaism, and in this ten-week class, we will start to find some of those answers as we explore Jewish identity, Shabbat and the Jewish Holidays, Jewish life cycle events, prayer, thoughts on God, Jewish history, the Holocaust, Israel and Torah.

Our 10-session course meets on Sunday mornings (11:00 am-12:30 pm) beginning on September 23 and culminates on December 16, 2018. 

Taught by Rabbis Pokras and Weiss, the Intro to Judaism class is open to anyone as a stand-alone component of adult learning and is a component of the Adult B’nai Mitzvah class.

DATES: 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16
Minimum class size required
Cost: $100 per person; $150 per couple
Register online by 9/4

2018-2019 Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class

Taught by Rabbi Gary Pokras, Rabbi Baht Weiss, and Cantor Larry Eschler.

You are never too old to have your Bar or Bat Mitzvah!

Deepen your connection to Judaism while you work alongside others to learn Hebrew, explore your heritage, and prepare to read Torah and lead services at the Adult B’nai Mitzvah ceremony that will take place on Shavuot – Saturday, June 9th at 5:30 pm.

The adult B’nai Mitzvah class comprises all three Beginning Hebrew classes, the Introduction to Judaism class and additional work to prepare you for the ceremony on Shavuot.

Cost: $300; Minimum class size required.

Register online by 9/4.

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    November 2018

    Live/Learn – Conv. Hebrew for non-Heb. Readers, Pt 2

    November 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday, repeating until November 27, 2018

    Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Road
    Rockville, MD 20850 United States

    CONVERSATIONAL HEBREW for non-Hebrew readers, Part II For those who took Part I in August, please mark your calendars and come back for MORE conversational Hebrew with Gerdy! For those who might have missed it, but have some knowledge of Hebrew words (no need to know how to read the alef-bet), please join us and get talking! Daytime learning for all! No charge. Questions: SLG@bethami.org. Generously supported by the Sally Kera Live & Learn Fund and Torah Fund. Gerdy Trachtman is a master teacher, having earned…

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    December 2018

    Live and Learn – Jewish Spirituality and Kabbalah

    December 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday, repeating until December 18, 2018

    Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Road
    Rockville, MD 20850 United States

    Jewish spirituality, as we know it today, has been heavily influenced by Kabbalah. This course will present an overview of Jewish mysticism and kabbalah, and explore and discuss central Kabbalistic ideas such as Sefirot, Ein Sof, the soul, male and female aspects of good, evil and more. Daytime learning for all! No charge. Questions: SLG@bethami.org. Generously supported by the Sally Kera Live & Learn Fund and Torah Fund. Gerdy Trachtman is a master teacher, having earned degrees from Hebrew University, the Sorbonne and Baltimore Hebrew University. She earned her…

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    January 2019

    Hebrew Fluency and the 1st 100 Words

    January 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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      Start the conversation! Learn how to understand and make yourself understood in basic Hebrew.Taught by Cantor EschlerTuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pmClasses meet 1/8, 1/22, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12;Register by 12/21/2019 Register on Chaverweb

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    March 2019

    Prayer Book Hebrew

    March 26, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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    Go beyond the transliterations to start to start appreciating the deeper beauty of our liturgy.Taught by Cantor EschlerTuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pmClasses meet  3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21Register by 3/12/2019 Register on Chaverweb

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