Adult Education & Torah Study

At Temple Beth Torah, we are a community of lifelong learners.  In our Beit Midrash (house of study), we welcome learners of all ages who engage in our many, diverse, opportunities for joyful study. Might you have a subject to teach or an activity to facilitate, even if it is not typically “Jewish?”  Perhaps there is a class or program you would enjoy. Please contact

Torah Study

You are invited to join Rabbi Schulman and fellow learners in an engaging, in-depth study of Torah. This class is open to anyone. Knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary. We currently meet virtually on Sunday mornings from 11:00am to 12:10pm when Religious School is in session. Please contact Rabbi Schulman at to receive the ZOOM link and password to join Torah Study. No fee, registration, or previous Torah education are required. All you need is an open mind and a desire to learn and enjoy. All are welcome! 


November 2020 Virtual Adult Education Events

  • "Diversity Through Israeli Art - Identity and Belonging" 

    • Tuesday, 11/10 at 7:00pm

      • From the melting pot to a fruit salad, Israeli society, much like other societies, is changing. Questions of identity and belonging have undermined earlier perceptions of what it was to be an Israeli and are setting new social and political agendas. We will explore the topic through three Israeli artworks. Israeli Vavi Toran has been an educator for many years training teachers and creating educational resources for Israel Education based on arts and culture. This virtual event is FREE and open to the public, but sign ups are required to receive the Zoom info.

      • Click here to sign up. Questions? Contact Susan Mautner at

  • Wisdom and Inspiration in Challenging Times"

    • Sunday, 11/15 at 7:00pm

  • Diaspora-Israel Relations and the U.S. Presidential Elections: A Conversation with David Horovitz"

    • Wednesday, 11/18 at 12:30pm

      • David Horovitz joins us in conversation with Sue Fishkoff, as he will reflect on the potential ramifications of the U.S. presidential elections on diaspora-Israel relations and U.S.-Israel bilateral relations. He will also address other hot topics in the media as well as the role of The Times of Israel in covering the news in Israel. David Horovitz is the founding editor of The Times of Israel. Sue Fishkoff is editor of J. The Jewish News of Northern California. This virtual event is FREE and open to the public, but sign ups are required to receive the Zoom info.

      • Click here to sign up. Questions? Email


Adult Hebrew Class

Year two of the Adult Hebrew Class is currently meeting VIRTUALLY on Tuesdays from 7:00pm to 8:15pm. The focus this year will be reading, discussing, and understanding Shabbat prayers.  This class will culminate in a B’nei Mitzvah ceremony, date TBD due to the current Alameda County shelter in place rule. This class is open to adults who are able to read Hebrew and are members of Temple Beth Torah. The class will be taught by Michelle Eisenbruck and Rabbi Schulman, and the fee, including the B’nei Mitzvah ceremony, is $350.  Please contact Michelle at or 510-213-0258 for further information.


Our monthly Yiddish class explores the language and culture of Ashkenazic Jews. It has some nostalgia, but includes modern insights from the 20th and 21st centuries. We have fun as we learn and discuss Yiddish songs, poems and stories. We study the Jewish experience not only in the Ashkenazic regions (northern and eastern Europe), but also the immigrant experiences of Jews in America and elsewhere. There is no prerequisite or need to know any Yiddish in advance. However, some students remember some Yiddish from their childhood. If so, we try to build on that knowledge, but we never move ahead until each student understands every word.


Israel Birthright Trips, ages 18-32

The Union for Reform Judaism no longer sponsors Birthright trips to Israel for young adults. However, click here to visit the Birthright Israel website that provides helpful information about trips and how to make the most out of a birthright experience. 

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