Beth Ahabah has an active Adult Education program with many opportunities for learning and study. Sunday mornings offer two distinct opportunities. Throughout the year, Rabbi Nagel teaches classes on various topics, usually with a contemporary theme. Approximately bimonthly, the congregation gathers in the Goldberg Auditorium for guest speakers and brunch sponsored by Brotherhood. The Congregation typically offers more formal classes taught by the Rabbi each fall and spring. These include Introduction to Judaism, Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Adult Hebrew. Most Temple programs are open to the greater community.
Introduction to Judaism
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Rabbi Nagel teaches a Torah Study class on Thursdays at noon from November 3rd through May 25th, guiding the class verse by verse through the Torah. For more information, call the Temple office or contact Rabbi Nagel.
Providing an opportunity for parents to become more involved in their children’s studies, parents come to Sunday School to study first with the Rabbi as adults and then side-by-side in the classroom with their children. Information on the Geshers is sent to parents in the classes involved and is promoted in the religious school and weekly e-newsletters.
Israel Study Group
Temple members are invited to join a monthly discussion of issues related to Israel. Rabbi Nagel, who leads the group, sends out a short reading that forms the basis for each session. The group meets at noon on the second Tuesday of the month from December 13th through May 9th in the Markel Room (2nd floor conference room) of the Joel House. For more information, call the temple office or contact Rabbi Nagel.
Beth Ahabah Book Group
This group meets quarterly to bimonthly and discusses a book that has been previously chosen by the group. Rabbi Nagel leads the discussion and subjects include books from Jewish authors, Jewish content, classics and current readings. The group is open to all members who can attend any or all meetings. Meetings are in the evenings on the chosen date from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Temple office.
Dialogue with St. James’s Church
In the spring of each year the Temple and St. James’s Episcopal Church offer a multi-week education and dialogue series led by the clergy of both congregations. This series will be promoted prior to the class in the weekly e-newsletter and the B’Yachad with directions for enrollment.
Much of the Adult Education program is planned by the Congregation’s Adult Education Committee. Along with the Women of Reform Judaism, Brotherhood, and other Temple committees, a variety of programs are planned throughout the year. If interested in any of these programs or in creating a new one, contact the Temple office.
Photos: Craig Rudlin (Worship), Chuck Savage (Ten Minute Torah), Kim Catley (Israel Study Group)