Torah Study – This is the continuing process of reading and discussing the five Books of Moses verse by verse with the assistance of Rabbi Gunther Plaut’s The Torah: A Modern Commentary. The group meets most Wednesdays from noon until 1 p.m. at TBJ. Check the TBJ calendar on this website for class cancelations. New participants are welcome at any time. Brown bag lunches are optional.
Thursday Evening Classes with the Rabbi – This year’s fall class, beginning in September of 2016, will will be an Introduction to Judaism class. The spring of 2017 topic will explore Judaism’s most repeated commandment in Torah, “welcoming the stranger,” and its implication for both immigration to and refugee resettlement in the U.S.
The following classes run concurrent with the religious the school year and meet on Sunday mornings when Religious School is in session.
Hebrew Classes – Three levels of Hebrew are offered on Sunday mornings. Classes start with learning to decode the sounds of the letters in order to read along with the service, then continue with translation and learning the fundamentals of Hebrew grammar. The books used for these classes focus on vocabulary taken from the prayer book. These classes are taught by lay members of Temple Beth Jacob.
Sunday Morning Classes with the Rabbi – This class is full of lively discussions centered on the current text being studied. The text changes from year to year to keep discussions fresh. In recent years, we have studied Midrash, Talmud, and excerpts from the Pseudopigrapha. In the fall of 2016, we will begin a year long exploration of commentaries on the Book of Esther from where we derive the story of Purim. No prior knowledge or knowledge of Hebrew is necessary.