Adult Education

At B’nai Jehudah we are pleased to offer many opportunities for adults to gather and learn together!

Torah Study

Wednesdays | 10:00-11:30 am | B’nai Jehudah Library & virtual

Join one of the rabbis each week for a lively discussion as we learn insights from the weekly Torah portion. No registration required.

Mussar Class

Thursdays, beginning January 18 | 6:30-8:00 pm | B’nai Jehudah Library

Join facilitator Emily Williams for a Mussar journey into self-reflecting, study, and bettering oneself. Based in Jewish values and text, Mussar is the study of middot (soul traits) like humility, patience, and gratitude to hone into your connection to God and your best self. A minimum of 10 participants is required. Register by January 11.

Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class

Saturdays, beginning February 3 | 1:00-2:30 pm | B’nai Jehudah Library

Becoming a B’nai Mitzvah is a deeply meaningful way to connect with one’s Judaism and celebrate one’s commitment to our community, Torah, and tradition. Join our Adult B’nai Mitzvah class and work towards this meaningful milestone alongside your B’nai Jehudah friends and family! Sign up with someone you know or make new friends among our class cohort. We will study together for a year before we hold our class B’nai Mitzvah Service in February 2025. No previous Hebrew knowledge required. Contact Rabbi Brazner with questions! Course fee is $360. Register by January 26.

Responsa Class

Tuesdays, March 5, 19, 26 | 7:00-8:30 pm | B’nai Jehudah Library & virtual

Join Rabbi Brazner for another round of one-off classes on Reform Movement Responsa. The Reform Movement‘s rabbinic Responsa Committee provides answers to questions that are submitted concerning contemporary issues in Jewish life and living, applying Jewish scholarship and tradition to modern inquiries. The Responsa Committee has tackled topics ranging from nuclear proliferation to abortion rights; the issues are broad and can spark fierce debate! Join us for one or all the sessions; specific session topics to be released soon!

B'dikat Hametz: The Meaning Behind Clearing Our Homes for Passover

Thursday, March 28 | 12:00-1:30 pm | B’nai Jehudah Library

Join Rabbi Levin in this session where we will reconsider the traditional Passover search and ridding the home of hametz [leavened grains], utilizing a little known yet traditional spiritual and social justice prayer. This class seeks to increase the relevance and importance among Jewish families and communities of refraining from hametz, introducing a meaningful traditional idea equating leavening with the yetzer hara, the inclination to evil. We will make the ritual both more relevant and family and community friendly.

Getting the Words Right: Crafting a Persuasive Op-Ed

Thursday, April 18 | 7:00-8:30 pm | B’nai Jehudah Library

Have something to say and want to make sure it hits its mark? Dr. Diana Carlin leads a session on how to write an opinion/editorial essay that delivers your message effectively. Dr. Carlin is Professor Emerita at Saint Louis University and is a specialist in the field of political communication. Register by April 15.

Jewish Mourning Rituals

Tuesdays, May 21, 28 | 12:30-2:00 pm

Rabbi Kramer will explain Shiva-Shloshim-Yahrzeit. A two-part class to explain and explore the different Jewish mourning rituals. What do they mean? What should I do? What is allowed? A safe place to ask all the questions you have been wondering about.

Klein Collection Programs

Are you ready to embrace a unique learning experience? The Michael Klein Collection offers pre-programmed and tailored hands-on learning events. For each event, we thoughtfully select each piece to add depth and meaning to the topic at hand.

Subject matter ideas are developed around group interests and age category. Our tours and events may focus on a single historic event, a period of history, a geographic area, life and culture, or a Jewish holiday.

Thanks to the generosity of our founding supporters, all virtual and in-person tours and programs are free of charge, and are available to the community.

Please click here to learn more about our upcoming Klein Collection learning opportunities.