Adult Education / CBS University

Adult Education / CBS University

All Are Welcome to Learn at CBS University!

Jewish learning lasts a lifetime…

Congregation Beth Shalom offers an extensive adult education program called CBS University that includes special programming and classes for all members. Throughout the year we offer courses that might include Hebrew, Bible, current events, theology, philosophy, Talmud, film, history and so much more. To meet the needs of our constituents we offer classes at a variety of days and times. We continue to explore the world of online learning that began with our Mitzvah Initiative and Two Minute Torah series and continues now with all of our classes and most programs being offered on Zoom or live streaming to meet the needs of our congregants during the Covid-19 pandemic. You can scroll below for a link to the summer and fall list of our 2022 classes.

Over the past several years we have collaborated with other institutions offering adult education. Together we have shared resources and developed programming that is of the highest caliber.

To learn more about CBS University at Congregation Beth Shalom, or about the Adult Education Committee, please contact Leann Blue either via e-mail or by calling Congregation Beth Shalom at 847-498-4100 ext. 44.

CBS U at a Glance…Classes this fall:

(Unless otherwise indicated, all classes are free for members of CBS and $50/class per semester for non-member friends of CBS)

Israel In Depth 2022 – 2023 — Session Topics

December 11  Secular Israelis Find New Ways To Be Jewish: 

Secular Israelis are finding new ways to be Jewish that include everything from beachfront Shabbat services and yeshiva-like study halls to tattoos that celebrate their love of Judaism. We’ll explore just a few of these “new ways to Jew.”

January 15  It’s More than the Egalitarian Kotel: 

Israel is home to many one-of-a-kind religious sites, including the Western Wall and Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and many lesser-known places. Who’s in charge, and how does access get controlled?

February 19  Israel’s Place in the Region: 

The US-brokered Abraham Accords ushered in a new era for Israel. We’ll explore what’s changed since the UAE and Bahrain normalized ties with the Jewish state, bringing their anti-Iran front into the open — and consider what the future may hold.

April 23  What Does It Mean To Be Pro-Israel? 

American Jewish support for Israel used to be pretty uniform, but those days are gone as individuals and groups find new ways to connect with the Jewish state. Is the “pro-Israel” question even the right one to be asking in 2023?

Instructor:   Carl Schrag
Date: Sundays  12/11, 1/15, 2/19 & 4/23
Time: 10:00 – 11:15 am
Fee: No charge for CBS members; $50 per semester for non-member friends of CBS

Beginning Hebrew:  From Aleph to Tav — by Permission Only

Start at the beginning . . . or refresh your skills!  This class will give you the skills and practice to become Hebrew readers.  You will start by learning letters and vowels working up to reading words used in prayers that will be familiar to you.  There will be an emphasis on the meaning of those words helping you to build your confidence level with Hebrew prayer and solidifying your ability to read.

Please note that you will be asked to read aloud in class and there will be an                                  expectation that you will practice outside of class time.

Instructor:   Susan Stoehr
Date:  Mondays  1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Fee: No charge for CBS members; $100 per semester for non-member friends of CBS

 Bible

Instructor:   Cantor Steven Stoehr
Date:  Tuesdays 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28 3/7, 3/21, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9
Time: 9:15 – 10:15 am
Fee: No charge for CBS members; $50 per semester for non-member friends of CBS

Jewish News of the World

This weekly discussion-based class zooms in on local, national, and global news through a distinctly Jewish lens. We’ll talk about politics, Israel, anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, rifts in our Jewish community, local and global Jewish affairs, campus life, and the intersection between these topics and more. Carl Schrag, who was the Editor of the Jerusalem Post, brings a journalist’s probing questions to every topic. Class will meet in person and via Zoom.

Instructor:   Carl Schrag
Date: Tuesdays 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am
Fee: No charge for CBS members; $50 per semester for non-member friends of CBS

“Torah Talk” for Parents – In-Person

How does the weekly parasha relate to our lives as parents? Come for religious school pick-up a little early for a lightning quick study session with Rabbi Chapman. 

Instructor:   Rabbi David Chapman
Date:  Tuesdays beginning date TBD                                                                                                                        
Time: 5:20 – 5:40 pm
Fee: No charge for CBS members

Talmud in Translation — Strange Magic: A Close Read of Tractate Avodah Zarah

In this class we will do a deep dive into Tractate Avodah Zarah which discusses all laws relating to idolatry as well as many laws regulating the interaction between Jews and non-Jews.

Have you always wanted to study Talmud, but never tried? Don’t be afraid to try — this class is taught in English with source material in both English and Hebrew.

Instructor:   Rabbi David Chapman
Date:  Tuesdays 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/18, 4/25
Time: 6:30 – 7:40 pm
Fee: No charge for CBS members; $50 per semester for non-member friends of CBS

Great Jewish Plays of the 20th Century

From The Melting Pot (1908) to Indecent (2015), Jewish dramas have long graced the American stage. Join Rabbi Chapman (a former theater director) for a survey of the greatest Jewish American theatrical works. Since plays are meant to be heard out loud, expect to do “cold readings” (but no acting required to enjoy the class!).

Instructor:   Rabbi David Chapman
Date:  Tuesdays 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23
Time: 6:30 – 7:40 pm
Fee: No charge for CBS members; $50 per semester for non-member friends of CBS

Contemporary Issues in Jewish Law

This class will explore Jewish history and legal precedent through examination of specific topics including The Origins of Jewish Law, Slavery, Intellectual  Property, Guns, Telling the Truth, the  interplay of Jewish Law and American Law.

MCLE approved for attorneys for 9 CLE credits including 2 for Professional Responsibility (Ethics)

 

Instructor:   Rabbi Aaron Melman
Date: Tuesdays 4/18, (Thursday) 4/27, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fee: $50.00 for CBS members; $100 for non-member friends of CBS

J “OY” of Grandparenting

Class description coming soon.

Instructor:   Cantor Steven Stoehr
Date: Tuesdays 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 
Time: 10:30 – 11:40 am
Fee: No charge for CBS members; $40 for non-member friends of CBS

Yiddish — by permission only

Beginning Yiddish will equip you with the skills to begin reading, writing, and expressing yourself in the Yiddish language. While you learn, you will also be exposed to classics of Yiddish culture, song, and literature, all the while gaining personalized instruction towards your goals with Yiddish.

Class will meet via Zoom

Instructor:   Eyshe Beirich
Date: Wednesdays 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Fee: No charge for CBS members; $100 per semester for non-member friends of CBS

Tai Chi Sponsored by HAZAK

Through slow movements, improve your health, concentration, digestion, balance, flexibility, and overall health.  Can be done in a chair or standing.

Class will meet via Zoom

Instructor:   Allison Deputy, MoonWillow Tai Chi
Date: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16,3/23, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25
Time: 9:30 – 10:15 am
Fee: No fee; donation strongly encouraged

Midrash – The Missing Pieces?

Have you wondered why you can’t find the story about Abraham and the idols in the Torah?  Have you thought about why Moses had a speech impediment?  What really happened at the Sea of Reeds and who waded in first?  Join Rabbi Melman on Thursday mornings at 11:30am to explore these famous stories and so many more.                                                            The Midrash, the stories or legends of the rabbis give us a fascinating                                              potential about what might have happened between the lines.

Instructor:   Rabbi Aaron Melman
Date: Thursdays 2/9, 2/16, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fee: No charge for CBS members; $50 for non-member friends of CBS


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CBS U Class Offerings Late Summer and Fall 2022 (printable version)

CBS U Class Offerings Winter and Spring 2023 (printable version)

 

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