Below is our Adult Engagement Catalogue, highlighting our programs, events, and classes for this and next year.
תלמוד תורה - Talmud Torah: Applying Study to Our Lives
Not sure where to get started on your journey of Jewish study? Or perhaps you want to study something not listed here? Contact AdultEducation@BetShalom.org or one of our clergy. We are happy to help you find the resources you need.
Weekly Torah Portion/Parashat Hashavua (Thursdays at noon at Bet Shalom): Join Rabbi Locketz, Rabbi Crimmings, and fellow Bet Shalomians each week to discuss the weekly Torah portion. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is required. All texts are studied in English. You are welcome to bring your lunch.
Have you ever wondered what is contained in the rest of the Tanach, our Hebrew Bible? Our weekly “Beyond Torah Study” session focuses on what comes after the Five Books of Moses comprised of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Join fellow Bet Shalom members to study the rest of the story together. Currently reading the Book of Ezekiel, this community of learners studies Biblical themes, history, content, and context. No experience is necessary, and you are welcome to join the group at any time.
Judaism 101 is an introduction to the basics of Judaism and its history, customs, traditions, and philosophy. This course provides a broad overview and is for those interested in, or new to, Judaism, or anyone seeking to renew or enhance their Jewish knowledge. For some, it is a partial fulfillment of the requirements of our conversion program and adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah program. This course provides an opportunity to explore many of the questions we have about Judaism, the Jewish people, and the Jewish way of life.
Class meets 10:00-11:30 am, one Sunday each month from September-April; May-August classes meet on one Tuesday evening each month from 5:30-7:00 pm.
Registration is ongoing throughout the year. To enroll CLICK HERE.
Participants in the Bet Shalom Book Club, led by Bet Shalom member Dr. Steve Yussen, meet several times during the year to discuss Jewish literature selected by the group. For a list of previous selections, please see the Bet Shalom website. All sessions begin at 10:00 am.
Upcoming selections and dates:
-March 15, 2020: The Confessions of Noa Weber by Gail Hareven
-June 14, 2020: The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
The Bet Shalom Emeritus Group meets approximately every other month on a weekday morning in Rabbi Cohen’s study to discuss a variety of subjects. Facilitated by Rabbi Cohen and Henry Berman, topics range from current events and history to Jewish life and holidays. The group is comprised of mostly retired folks, but all are welcome. Watch HaEtone for future gatherings. For more information please contact Rabbi Cohen or Henry Berman.
New for 2019-2020
Tune in this Fall to the new Bet Shalom podcast, conversations between Rabbi Locketz and Rabbi Crimmings (and other guests) on important Jewish topics. Moderated by Bet Shalom Executive Director Steve Barberio. #Betshalom #YouBelongHere
Explore the teachings of the S’fat Emet (the pseudonym of the Hasidic Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, 1847-1905) on the weekly Torah portion, in which he wrestles with timeless issues in the text. Rabbi Locketz, Rabbi Crimmings, and Cantor Schwartz will be joined by Rabbi David Thomas in facilitating these weekly sessions. Rabbi Thomas is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute and has been a board member for the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). He is deeply involved in social action initiatives. He recently moved to Minneapolis to be near family upon retirement from being Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury Valley, Mass. Bagels and coffee will be served.
תיקון הנפש - Tikkun HaNefesh: Enriching Our Souls
All of our Shabbat (and holiday) services, whether on Friday night or Saturday morning, are open to our entire community and guests to Bet Shalom. Our services are a time for learning, making social connections, praying, mourning and celebrating. Looking for someone to attend services with or to help you prepare to participate? Contact Rabbi Locketz and he will help connect you.
Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday evenings begins with Kabbalat Panim (a social gathering) at 5:30 pm in our Social Hall. This is an opportunity for the community to congregate and enjoy a nosh (a light bite to eat) before services. Shabbat evening services begin at 6 pm, and are led by our rabbis and cantor. Children are welcome at all our services, and we encourage them to remain in the sanctuary for as long as they can. However, if they need a break, free drop-in childcare is available for every Friday evening service beginning at 5:00 pm.
1st Friday: Kabbalat Shabbat Service with congregational singing, prayer, and learning
2nd Friday: Includes the Bet Shalom Adult Choir
3rd Friday: Shabbat Ruach with contemporary Jewish music led by the Bet Shalom Ruach Ensemble
Final Friday: This service begins with our Tot Shabbat families joining us in the sanctuary for the first part of the service before continuing with a family-friendly potluck dinner and activity in our auditorium, while we continue our congregational service.
Shabbat Morning Services are held each Saturday at 10 am, followed by gathering as a congregation for a brief informal service and brunch in our Social Hall. Shabbat morning services include the reading of Torah, opportunities for community, inspiration, learning and prayer. The entire community is encouraged and invited to celebrate with the families of our B’nai Mitzvah.
We invite you to join with us as we mark the journey through each year with the celebration of our Jewish calendar and holidays. From Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to Chanukah, Purim, Passover and every sacred occasion in between, Bet Shalom is a vibrant and welcoming place to experience Jewish life in community.
Bet Shalom’s choir beautifies and deepens our worship experience at services during the High Holy Days and on the second Friday of the month between Fall and Spring. Led by Cantor Schwartz and accompanied by Rita Lusky, our volunteer singers prepare a wide array of Jewish music from classics to contemporary compositions and arrangements. Rehearsals are held three Thursday evenings per month (Fall to Spring) and (generally) twice a week in the month prior to the High Holidays. Interested in joining? Contact Rabbi Locketz.
Ruach means “spirit” in Hebrew and suggests the quality of musical engagement that occurs at Kabbalat Shabbat services on the third Friday of every month. Led by Cantor Schwartz, our volunteer Ruach Ensemble presents contemporary settings of Jewish prayers that lift our spirits. Rehearsals are held on the Thursday evening prior to Shabbat Ruach. Interested in joining? Contact Rabbi Locketz.
This group meets with Rabbi Locketz to discuss matters related to services, ritual and other religious observances at Bet Shalom. The forum serves as a laboratory for Rabbi Locketz as he and the other clergy consider ways to best meet the needs of the congregation with Jewish tradition. Contact Rabbi Locketz if you are interested in joining this group.
קהילה הקדושה - Kehillah Kedosha: Building Sacred Community
We are committed to helping our members make meaningful connections with each other in small groups. If you are interested in joining a group that already exists, or if you have an idea for a new group, please Contact Rabbi Locketz so that we can support you in this process. Bet Shalom’s Micro-Communities are small groups, self organized and self led, based on common interests, needs, geography, professional interests, celebration of Jewish life or anything a group would like to share in community.
Do you have room at your table for Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah or Passover?
Contact Rabbi Locketz if you are interested in hosting other Bet Shalom members as we celebrate Jewish life together as a community.
Caring Community: Supporting members in times of need. Key contact: Rabbi Locketz
Ushers: Assisting members during services. Key contact: Tanya Grinberg
Kitchen Community: Building community through cooking.
Member Engagement Group: The group works together with our clergy and staff to develop avenues for engagement in our program and community for Bet Shalom members. Key contact: Steve Barberio
Landscape and Garden: Members working together to maintain our Bet Shalom campus. Key contact: Steve Barberio
Marketing and Communications: This group of marketing and communications pros offers advice and feedback to the Executive Director and Communications Coordinator regarding internal and external strategies for keeping the membership and community informed about the work of Bet Shalom. Key contact: Steve Barberio
Docents: Volunteers who welcome guests and groups to the Bet Shalom building. Key contact: Marilyn Ruby
Snack Bar: Volunteers who welcome our (hungry) students to Religious School each Wednesday afternoon. Key contact: Ali King
Religious School: There are many opportunities to get involved in our school, from chaperoning 7th grade field trips to helping in our office. Key contact: Ali King
Bet Shalom Yeladim Preschool: Volunteer in the preschool, engaging and facilitating play with children 0-5. Key contact: Amber Brumbaugh
Bet Shalom Business Office: Volunteer in our office helping Bet Shalom accomplish our organizational tasks. Key contact: Steve Barberio
Women’s Gatherings: Connect with other women socially and in connection to issues important to women. Key Contact: Rabbi Crimmings
-Yemenite Cooking Class with Zehorit Heilicher, Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 PM
-Discussion with Author Ayelet Tzabari on her book, The Art of Leaving, Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 PM
*If you’d like to borrow a copy of The Art of Leaving, please let me know.
Whether you grew up at Bet Shalom or are living in the area, we invite you to join us for Shabbat, holidays, and events. With great food always in abundance, it’s hard to pass up! We seek to provide a place where you can build connections with other Jews in our community and express your Jewish identity. We are looking for leaders and ambassadors interested in helping plan and lead events, as well as to become involved in our congregation and community. Do you have an idea for an event? Please let us know. Key contact: Rabbi Crimmings
תיקון עולם - Tikkun Olam: Repairing Our World
Tikkun Olam at Bet Shalom works to educate congregants about social justice issues related to Jewish values, and to promote congregation-wide engagement in the work of tikkun olam, the healing of our world. Our focus has centered on five main areas:
-Homelessness: Bet Shalom is a proud partner congregation of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, helping families experiencing homelessness to secure affordable housing.
-Hunger/Food Insecurity: Bet Shalom is a proud partner congregation of ICA Food Shelf, which serves those in our surrounding communities. Congregants also volunteer at Loaves and Fishes.
-Climate Change/Environmental Abuse