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Lecture Program Series

Congregation Beth Israel creates a vibrant and meaningful community for its adult members through a diverse array of learning programs and adult lecture and program series to enrich your Jewish experience and commitment. Classes and programs are held throughout the year for those just learning about Judaism to those trying to enhance and deepen their understanding and knowledge.


Basic Judaism — for those born Jewish or not

Hebrew Classes — beginners to advanced

Conversion Classes —for those choosing to take that next step

Interfaith classes and support groups - for those who just want to learn more or are seeking support or fellowship navigating interfaith relationships and families

Special Programs — include Torah Study, social justice opportunities, art and yoga, along with cancer, divorce, and grief support and many others

Special Lecture Series — held throughout the year focus on timely topics such as history, medicine, religion, art, politics, health care, education, Israel and much more led by experts in these fields, our clergy team and other special speakers.

Midrash: How to Read Between the Lines of Torah was the title of Rabbi David Lyon's Adult Education project from February 2013. He introduced us to various Midrashic texts and folktales that expound upon the multi-leveled meanings of the Torah. Midrash is a form of rabbinic literature that seeks to find insights and meaning in Torah that that go beyond the "plain meaning” of the text. Through these texts, we discovered how the rabbis and scholars wrestled with the oddities, inconsistencies and omissions in the Torah, and how these stories may teach us valuable lessons.

92nd Street Y
We will have an opportunity to view exciting programs from New York's famous 92nd Street Y in Wolff-Toomim Hall. Former program speakers include award winning actor Mandy Patinkin, former U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell and psychologist, author and educator Howard Gardner, the first woman to become a U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Hungarian-born Jewish-American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Watch for a list of coming 92nd Street Y events at Congregation Beth Israel.

Those planning to attend should RSVP to Gabby Burgard, (713) 771-6221 x307.

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