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 .
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 meet Sunday mornings from 11:00am to 12:10pm when Religious School is in session. Our learning takes place in the Library. 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!
"Cultivating Spiritual Practices to Guide Our Pesach Journeys"
Marla Kolman Antebi will be teaching this three-part virtual class on Mondays, 3/23, 3/30, and 4/6 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.
Class will meet via ZOOM (a free web platform - an easy download).
RSVPs are required to receive the ZOOM link. Please RSVP to .
As we approach Pesach, the journey from slavery to freedom is one that Jewish tradition urges us to take personally; we are instructed to move through the holiday as if we ourselves were leaving Egypt. But HOW do we do this? Surely it involves more than deep cleaning our houses and eating matzah for a week. Is it possible to experience a sense our own liberation, in real time? This class will explore themes related to the holiday and introduce spiritual practices to help elevate the Pesach journey to higher personal and even transformational levels. We will use meditation, chant, writing, and art to discover keys to identifying our personal “Egypts” and forge paths for our own inner journeys of liberation.
Cost for the series is "pay what you can". No prior knowledge or experience required. All are welcome.
Adult Hebrew Class
Year two of the Adult Hebrew Class will meet on Tuesdays from 7:00pm to 8:15pm beginning on 10/1. The focus this year will be reading, discussing, and understanding Shabbat prayers. This class will culminate in a B’nei Mitzvah ceremony in May, and 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.
Yiddish Classes (CURRENTLY ON HIATUS)
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.