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Adult Bet Midrash

Weekly Adult Drop-in Classes will be offered 9:00 - 10:00am every Shabbat morning throughout the school year.

Please join us every Shabbat morning for our innovative Intergenerational Bet Midrash program, which begins with singing and prayers at 9am and provides parallel learning tracks for adults and children. Stay with us for adult classes until 10am and then join us for Shabbat morning services!


October 2018 - June 2019 (new schedule coming soon)


1st Shabbat of the month
A Life of Blessings with Rabbi Ariann
Join Rabbi Ariann to study a series of selections from the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Berakhot ("Blessings").  This series is the result of Rabbi Ariann's 7 years of study of this tractate.  Enter the world of the rabbis as they grappled with loss, new possibilities, how to show gratitude, and understanding one's place in the world. 


2nd Shabbat of the month (plus other times as explained below)

7 Essential Practices of Judaism with Rabbi Elliott

This year Rabbi Elliott will be teaching a course called "7 Essential Jewish Practices". These are the core Jewish practices that he believes to be the most valuable for living life of connected purpose with a full awareness of its many blessings. They are all practices that can be embraced on multiple, traditional, creative and ever-deepening levels.

Click here to read Rabbi Elliott's article about the 7 Essential Jewish Practices and learn more.

There are 3 different options to participate:

1.Intensive 7 Session Study Group. This will be a closed group and will include weekly study and work with a hevrutah - study partner.  Wednesday evenings at 8:00 PM once a month. Sign up required. Schedule here.

2.Bet Midrash Saturday mornings with Rabbi Elliott the 2nd Shabbat of the month with the exception of February (1st of month). Schedule here

3.Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Elliott on Wednesday afternoons during the day. Schedule here.

Please click here to sign up

3rd Shabbat of the month

Chanting with Melissa Schaffer 
When we join together as individuals in community to chant sacred phrases from our Jewish liturgy, we come to support each other in accessing our ancient selves and selves to be, in achieving old and creating new dreams, in examining and helping our sorrows and celebrating our joys. In chanting together we find inspiration and intention for the day, the week, the month and are greatly awakened by the discovery of our own voice and the voices surrounding us.

This might sound challenging's rather simple. You come, you learn a Hebrew or English phrase, you repeat it. The chants become more comfortable as we practice them; they become a form of meditation. We feel more connected to the pathways of the Torah, to each other, to ourselves. 

Come as yourself, try something new (and ancient), then come again.

We await you with open hearts.

Melissa Schaffer leads Hebrew chant based on Jewish sacred texts for transformative spiritual growth. Melissa has been studying with Rabbi Shefa Gold since 2008 and completed an 18 month chant leadership course in 2010.

4th Shabbat of the month
Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 23

Hasidim and their opponents
(Mitnagdim), taught by Martin Fellner

A brief history and a look at their differences in style, practice and philosophy.

"Hasidim too, but what are they” might have been a question asked in one way or another by the Vilna Gaon and his followers but it was certainly no joke. They saw the Hasidim as a threat to the natural Jewish order and issued edicts demanding that they stop somersaulting during services (among other things) but all for naught. The ensuing Excommunication of the Hasidim and their leaders did not stick, and the two groups eventually found common cause against the other great Jewish movement of the 19th century, the Haskalah or Enlightenment. Today many people have a hard time telling the difference between these two brands of Jewish Orthodoxy, but the differences remain as both communities are strong and continue to grow.

Annual Classes

Lunch & Learn
Class meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
Rabbi Ariann will take us through a slow reading of Ecclesiastes and Ruth.
Come to meet new and old friends until noon, when the class will start. We’ll provide coffee and nibbles each session. After the class, if you like, we can 
stay until 4pm and play Scrabble, bridge, knit, crochet, and just kibbitz.

Intro to Judaism 
Did you grow up without Jewish practices? Would you like to begin, or continue, building your knowledge about Jewish culture, traditions and rituals? Are you worried about how to lead a Seder? Are you anxious about celebrating Chanukah in an interfaith family? Bnai Keshet is a diverse and inclusive community and this class is intended to help members, regardless of background, feel comfortable participating in Jewish and BK community life. This year, Martin Slon and Talia Schaffer are offering a course called Introduction to Judaism. Topics include Jewish history and identity, Jewish values in daily life, the holidays and rituals among others. Our topics are informed by the group’s level and what participants most want to study, and we explore these issues together in an open-minded, non-judgmental, welcoming environment, keeping in mind that none of us know all the answers and that questioning and exploring is very much the Jewish way.
Contact Martin Slon for more info. 

Women's Rosh Hodesh Group
The Rosh Hodesh group at Bnai Keshet is an open, warm, social and friendly group for all women in the community. The group meets in the evening closest to the new moon to celebrate the coming month, exploring the spirituality of the month by discussing the upcoming holidays and the theme of the month. Together the group chants, sits quietly, sometimes engages in some easy stretching or even dancing and then an exercise centered on the theme of the month, leaving the participants with words, thoughts, and intentions for the month to come.
Contact Mindy Rosenthal for more info. 


Please click here to see our calendar for weekly class schedule. 

Tue, July 23 2019 20 Tammuz 5779