“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)
See below for the current schedule of events or check your email for details.
Past Events › Adult Education
Join Rabbi Weiss for some spiritual preparation to help make these High Holy Days more meaningful. Together, we will take a deeper look at some of the most poignant prayers from our High Holy Days liturgy: Avinu Malkenu, Kol Nidre and Vidui. Email Shelly for the Zoom link (same for all classes).Find out more »
"...Who Tells Your Story?" We all live and we will all someday die..but who will tell your story? This three session class will be led by Gail Kaltman, a retired MCPS reading and writing specialist. During the sessions, you will be provided with the framework, guidance and the time to write "your story." In these writing workshop classes, you will create for your loved ones and yourself a precious gift! All are welcome to participate! Contact Shelly for the ZOOM…Find out more »
NOTE: TIME CHANGE Temple Beth Ami is co-sponsoring this Haberman Institute Course and our members are welcome to register HERE at no cost. The Haberman Institute will send you the Zoom link once you've registered. Please note that the course runs from 10 am - 11:15 am. GIVE US A KING You did NOT study this in Hebrew School! Leadership usually isn't easy, and transitions aren't always smooth. The process of moving from tribal to national leadership and government can…Find out more »
November 2020November 1, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
TOPIC: Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians -- The Struggle for the West Bank Temple Beth Ami's ISRAEL MATTERS group is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Sharnoff, who will speak on Israel and its Middle East neighbors. His presentation will highlight Israel's relationship with Jordan and the Palestinians in an historical context from independence to present, exploring: the key players and their strategies toward the West Bank, perceptions of the U.S.' role and prospects and requirements for moving towards a political…Find out more »
Book Talk with Debbie Zimelman
Sun, Nov 15 (10:30 am)
Women on the Front Lines: Inside the Combat Units of the Israeli ArmyNovember 15, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Join Debbie Zimelman and hear about the first book documenting the lives of Israeli female combat soldiers. Women on the Front Lines: Inside the Combat Units of the Israeli Army, is a full-color "coffee table" photo book and the first of its kind to offer a glimpse of these brave young women in action, along with descriptions - in their own words - of their fears, challenges and accomplishments. Debbie, whose parents are long-time TBA members, Sheila & Barry Taylor, has…Find out more »
TOPIC: Getting to the Root of it All: How Hebrew Words Grow Jewish Ideas Join Rabbi Luxemburg on an exploration of how Hebrew "roots" - the three-letter combinations that form Hebrew words - and their variations, give rise to significant ideas, values and concepts that inform Judaism and Jewish culture. Learn some new Hebrew vocabulary and gain new insights into "the Jewish mind" through the language of our people. Contact Shelly for recurring Zoom link.Find out more »
TOPIC: The Soul of Maimonides -- Knowledge, Love and Ethics Temple Beth Ami is pleased to partner with the Haberman Institute to bring you this three-part series where each seminar focuses on a unique theme. The sessions will connect in ways that further clarify and strengthen the overarching narrative of the series, but can be attended as stand-alone lectures. Register HERE just one time for access (free) to all three seminar. The Zoom link will be sent to all registrants…Find out more »
Live & Learn with Gideon Amir
Biblical Stories as told in the Quran
Tues., 1/5, 1/12, 1/19
Although the text of the Hebrew Bible was fully 'standardized' only in the 809 century C.E., the books of the Bible have been written down more or less in their final form much earlier and were known already by 200-100 B.C.E. Join Gideon on this fascinating look at other texts who re-tell the Biblical stories - in particular, the Torah stories that we are so familiar with. We will examine together the ways the Quran re-tells these stories. Gideon Amir…Find out more »
TOPIC: Who or What is God in Islam? Join us as we continue the conversation we began last year with Holly on the nature of God in Islam and how Muslims across the world worship God. Our facilitator, Holly Jordan, served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Roanoke College, where she taught courses on Living Religions of the World, Judaism and Islam. All are welcome! This Live and Learn series will be recorded for those who are unable…Find out more »
Join this interactive online group on Saturday mornings. Schmooze with us starting at 8:45am, and Torah study will begin around 9am. For anyone wishing to say Kaddish, it will be recited at the conclusion of Torah study (approximately 10 am). Email Buzz Karpay to get added to our list serve, which provides you with a new Zoom login each week.Find out more »