Adult Education

Lifelong Learning: Adult Education at Beth Evergreen

Busy yourself as much as possible with the study of the divine things, not to know them merely, but to do them; and when you close the book, look around you, look within you, to see if your hand can translate into deed something you have learned.      - Moses of Evreux   
In seeking wisdom the first step is silence,
The second: listening, 
The third: remembering, 
The fourth: practicing,
The fifth: teaching others.                
-  Ibn Gabirol   

Upcoming Adult Education Events

Tisha B’Av, August 1

August 1, 7PM

We are asking for feedback on a series of questions around this topic.

  • Are there things which are unforgivable?
  • Are there any acts or events that are all bad or all good?
  • Can a nation or people forgive another nation or people or is forgiveness purely personal?

Elul and Tishrei are the months in which we seek forgiveness, but are there things which cannot or should not be forgiven? Our splendid, nifty and utterly charming group made up of Nanci Hale, Betty Ann Taylor, and Joanne Greenberg would like to have as wide a discussion as possible on this topic for the Tisha B’Av event.

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Adult Hebrew

Learn to read Hebrew, recognize words and understand mysteries of this ancient language.  Hebrew Aleph and Hebrew Bet, 1st and 3rd  Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:30 (check CBE calendar to confirm dates and times).  $72/year, registration includes book fee.

Discounts available for those with children in Religious School.   Registration opening soon.

Please contact Tara Saltzman for more information or to indicate interest in classes.

"Our Turn to Learn" Interfaith Family Book Study

Join Rabbi Jamie in this 8 session exploration of the transformative spiritual experience of raising and engaging with children through study of Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer's book Parenting as Spiritual Journey.

Families with children already registered in Religious School receive $50.00 discount.  Book Study dates correspond with most ShabbaShul dates.  See Religious School Calendar.

Families with young children may use Mazel-Tot funds to register for child care and book study and save $100.00!  is a Rose Community Foundation initiative to connect families with young children to local Jewish life and each other. 

Questions contact Tara Saltzman

Hitlamdut Happenings at CBE: Curiosity Encounters with Rich Levine

Wednesdays once a month 4:00 – 5:00 PM at CBE.
Adult Learning opportunities exploring diverse topics of interest and intrigue.

Make space for the New Year with fresh insights & new understandings.
Gatherings are free. Soul growing, heart healthy snacks welcome

Wednesday, September 28th: Time & Timeless Judaism: How a Sacred Calendar Shapes a Holy Community
Wednesday, October 26th: "In the beginning": Genesis as an Invitation on Self-Reflection and Self-Creation.
Wednesday, November 16th: "The Mysterious Power of Choice:  Looking for Meaning outside Eden."
Wednesday, December 14th: "Wrestling With the Divine"
Wednesday, January 25th
Wednesday, February 22nd
Wednesday, March 22nd
Wednesday, April 19th

Weekly classes: Midday Mussar with Rabbi Jamie

Meets year-round [almost] every Thursdays, 1 – 2:30 PM at CBE.

What is Mussar?  Mussar is a traditional Jewish ethical-spiritual discipline that is in the process of being rediscovered in our time.  The method guides us in bringing positive virtues or ‘soul traits’ to bear in our daily lives.  This class has had on-going, enthusiastic attendance since 2008.  Each session is divided into two parts.  In the first hour, we combine text study, lecture and discussion around a particular midah [soul-trait], such as compassion, humility, joy, silence, honor, patience or gratitude.  The second part of the class is devoted to supporting one another as one person volunteers to share a personal challenge or situation that they would like to approach from a mussar perspective.  This class prompts curiosity about the attributes of divinity while offering insight into the human psyche, practical guidance for daily living and growing our moral-spiritual selves, and especially mutual support and friendship.  Come and see why this class has attracted such a devoted following.  And if you cannot make the midday time-slot, get on the e-mail list to receive weekly teachings to support your on-going study and practice.

Current Schedule

From the Mussar Blog