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Adult Education

B'nai Israel's Adult Education programs offer variety as well as depth.  Whether you are interested in ancient texts or modern dilemmas, whether you prefer intimate classes or larger lectures, there is something for you.

  • Life-long learning throughout the year, including opportunities for beginning and conversational Hebrew, adult B’nai Mitzvahs, and special programs to learn about Judaism, its history, customs, and music.
  • Women of B'nai Israel and our Brotherhood
  • A strong Social Action Committee that includes committees on Racial Justice, Pride, Refugees, Sustainable Living
  • An Israel Commitee whose mission is to provide a forum to promote our congregation's enduring connection to Israel and a continuing understanding of issues facing contemporary Israel, including factors shaping Israel's position in the world and Israel’s relationship with American and world Jewry

Click here to read the adult education update foR NOVEMBER AND DECEMEBER

Our regular events:
Weekly Torah Study is held in the Sosnick Library from 9:00-10:30 on Saturday Mornings

Rabbi's Book Club -

Religious Ethics in the 21st Century - Rabbi Alfi tackles some of the toughest issues of Jewish ethics as applied to modern life. We discuss politics, economics, Israel, Jewish communal relations, and many other issues. To request or suggest a topic, please email Rabbi Alfi with ideas. Regular attendance is not required; drop-ins and newcomers are welcome! Bring a brown bag lunch. There is no fee.

Rosh Chodesh with the Women of B'nai Israel

Achim: A Study Group for Men

We look forward to continuing to develop programs that are pertinent to our temple community members and welcome new committee members at any time. If you have suggested topics for programs, please email


"To Everything There Is a Season"
(Ecc 3:1) with Rabbi Ilana
Thursday, November 29, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, in the Chapel

Join Rabbi Ilana Mills as we explore the Jewish rituals surrounding birth and death. Together we will explore the varied traditions around birth and death, as well as the philosophies behind the practices. Come to learn about how Judaism honors these bookends of life. Rabbi Mills is a member of B'nai Israel, and the parent of two children in our Religious School.

"Echoes of Popular Fiction Genres in the Literature of the Ghettos" with Professor Sven-Erik Rose (UC Davis)
Saturday, December 1, 7:00 - 8:30 pm," in the Chapel

This talk will examine how authors writing in Yiddish and in German in the Warsaw and Lodz ghettos creatively and critically appropriated popular literary genres, including detective fiction and the gothic horror tale, even as the circumstances in the ghettos were destabilizing many of the assumptions about human experience upon which these genres were based. How did writers confined in ghettos both draw on and subvert literary models in their attempts to understand and give voice to their extreme predicaments?

Sven-Erik Rose is an Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature, and Chair of the Department of German and Russian. He works primarily on German and German-Jewish literature and thought, but also on French, Swedish, and Yiddish literature and culture. His most recent articles and current book project focus on two bodies of Holocaust writing: texts by Jews confined to Nazi ghettos and Holocaust survivor testimony collected in the immediate aftermath of World War II.

The talk will be followed by a reception in the Chapel foyer. For more information or to RSVP for the talk, contact

Wed, December 12 2018 4 Tevet 5779