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. This spring we will continue to offer all of our classes and programs to meet the needs of our congregants during the Covid-19 pandemic. You can scroll below for a link to the spring list of our 2021 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…New Classes coming in April:

(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
Instructor:                 Carl Schrag
Date:                          Sunday, 4/3

Time:                         10:00  am

Israel to the Rescue!

Through a mix of government agencies and voluntary organizations, Israel extends emergency assistance to countries around the world at their times of greatest need. We’ll get acquainted with the work of IsraAid, Mashav, and other entities that take seriously the goal of being a “light unto the nations. ” Class will be multi-access

Learning to Channel Negativity in Your Life, Thoughts & Attitude
Instructor:                 Cantor Victor Geigner

Date:                          Tuesdays 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 & 5/31
Time:                          9:00 – 10:15 am

SATAN….the opponent….the inner voice that makes us have doubts, including his 
own existence. He is anger, jealousy, selfishness, depression. He thrives in negativity and cynicism.

However, there is a secret: it does not matter how low we have fallen. We have the power to change it. Class will meet via Zoom


Jewish News of the World
Instructor:                 Carl Schrag
Tuesdays 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 & 5/31
Time:                         10:30 – 11:30 am

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 via Zoom

Talmud in Translation
Instructor:                 Rabbi Warner Ferratier
Tuesdays 4/5, 4/26, 5/3 & 5/10
Time:                          6:30 – 7:40 pm

Have you always wanted to study Talmud, but never tried. Come study with Rabbi Ferratier on Tuesday nights. Class will be multi-access



NEW CLASS! Contemporary Issues in Jewish Law – Part III
Instructor:                 Rabbi Aaron Melman
Dates:                        Tuesday, 4/26, Monday,  5/2, Tuesday, 5/10, 5/17,                                                  Wednesday,  5/25 & Tuesday, 5/31
Time:                         7:00 – 8:30 pm
Fee:                           $50 – CBS Members; $100 – Non-member Friends                                                  of CBS

This class will explore Jewish history and legal precedent through examination of specific topics including Genetic Testing, Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis, Forgiveness, Delayed Justice, Laws of War, and Personal Injury.

MCLE approved for attorneys for 9 CLE credits including 2 for Professional Responsibility (Ethics).  Class will be multi-access


Yiddish — by permission only
Instructor:                 Gela Altman
Date:                          Wednes
days 4/6, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1 & 6/8
Time:                         3:30 – 4:30 pm

Learn to read, comprehend and converse in a small group setting. Class will meet via Zoom




Tai Chi Sponsored by HAZAK
Instructor:                 Alison Deputy, MoonWillow Tai Chi
Thursdays 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 & 5/31
Time:                          9:30 – 10:15 am

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



NEW CLASS!  There’s a Psalm for That!
Rabbi Warner Ferratier
Thursdays 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19 & 5/26
Time:                         11:00 – 12:00 pm

Joy…Grief…Fear…Anger…It can be difficult to find words to express what we are feeling. The book of Psalms has 150 sacred poems which express the entire range of human emotion.

Each session of this six-week course will examine a selection of Psalms which relate to a specific emotion, examining multiple translations and, where applicable, musical setting for how we can use sacred texts to validate and balance out our feelings. Class will be multi-access


CBS U Class Offerings Spring 2022 (printable version)


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