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Adult Education

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january through May 2019

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

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


From Arrest to America: Unraveling My Father’s Immigration Journey Elaine Berghausen

Sunday, March 24, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Chapel

Elaine’s father arrived in the US in September 1941 from Nazi Germany after being in a concentration camp. That’s all she knew about his experiences in Germany and his immigration to the USA. Using sources here and abroad that she discovered through genealogy research, she has been able to answer most of her questions. These include when he was arrested and released from the concentration camp, where he was for 2 ½ years from his release until his arrival in the US, and his remarkable, heroic journey out of Germany to America during World War II.


History and Evolution of How We Celebrate Pesach and Count the Omer Sherry Okun-Rudnak

Sunday, April 7, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Chapel

Approximately 70% of American Jews celebrate Pesach, making it the most celebrated Jewish holiday in the United States. Most Jewish people are familiar with why we celebrate Pesach, but may not be as familiar with how our traditions surrounding this holiday have evolved. From science's influence on what we can and cannot eat, to additions to the Seder plate, to the internet and influence of, Pesach continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Come learn and discuss this history of Pesach observances, such as the fasting of the first born and the search for chametz, the evolution of observance, and why and how we count the Omer. This program will include an overview of the history and evolution of Pesach observances and counting of the Omer, with plenty of room for discussion.


Nelly Benatar and the Holocaust in North Africa Professor Susan Gilson Miller (UC Davis)

Thursday, April 11, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Chapel

This presentation will focus on a Moroccan Jewish human rights lawyer who engaged in rescuing and humanitarian relief in North Africa during World War II.

Sat, March 23 2019 16 Adar II 5779