Adult Education and Programs

Check back often to see what Rabbi Teri and our talented members are teaching. Due to COVID-19 many of our offerings are on hold or are being offered virtually. 

You won’t want to miss our incredible life-long Jewish learning offerings! All classes are free for Beth Shalom members. Non-members should contact the office at Interested in leading a class? Contact Program and Education Director, Taylor Pettit at

Current Offerings:

Jewish Prayer 101 – Ever wondered about the structure, choreography and meaning of the prayers we recite and sing at Shabbat and Festival services? Then this class is for you. Pre-requisites: None. No Hebrew required.

3 Sessions: 7- 8:30 pm, Jan. 6, Jan. 20, Feb. 3  Taught by Rabbi Teri Appleby

Adult Beginning Hebrew – Here’s your chance to learn our sacred Jewish language. This class is for the absolute beginner. You’ll acquire reading accuracy and fluency by recognizing the letters of the Hebrew Alphabet and how they combine with vowels to produce syllables, words and phrases. Pre-requisite: None (except a good sense of humor).

Classes to begin December 13 – Sundays at 1:30


Text: Hebrew Isn’t Tough


If interested, contact Rabbi Appleby:


Pirkei Avot

Discussion to begin December 13th, Sundays at 3 p.m. on Zoom. Join this discussion of Pirkei Avot, Chapters of our Fathers, which focuses on ethics and morals. Come discuss this unique and deeply interesting piece of Jewish literature, led by Ben Shieber. (This group will meet most Sundays, check the weekly announcements for exact dates) 



We are thrilled to be partnering with Congregation B’nai Israel to bring Global Day of Jewish Learning to Baton Rouge. Please join Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Rabbi Teri Appleby in Beth Shalom’s Zoom room from 3 – 5 pm for an afternoon of study as we delve into the topic of Human Dignity. More live streamed lectures by a variety of scholars are available to view here

Access Source Sheets here:


Human Dignity

Covenant & Conversations - Weekly Torah Study






Saturdays at Beth Shalom kick off with our weekly Torah study, Covenant & Conversations. Covenant & Conversations will be at 9:30 a.m. most Saturdays. Be sure to check the calendar for any changes to the schedule.





Check the calendar for meeting times with this stimulating book club. Led by Eileen Shieber, contact for more information. 











This women’s education space studies and discusses the stories of the matriarchs of the Torah using comparative readings, commentaries and articles. This group meets about one Tuesday evening a month at a local coffee shop. If interested in attending, check the calendar for the next upcoming meet-up. Contact Taylor Pettit at with any questions. 


Yiddish, the historical language of Ashkenazim Jews, is not just a dialect from long ago. Come learn the meaning of words you’ve heard before either from your grandmother or television and learn what they ACTUALLY mean. Please contact Joel Goldman,, if you would like to attend. 


Beginners Biblical Hebrew is a great introduction to the language of Torah. Please contact Carin Carlson,, if interested in attending. This group does not meet at Beth Shalom.  




This discussion group will meet frequently during the summer months to discuss Pirkei Avot, the ethical teachings and one of the most interesting and layered texts in Jewish literature. Contact Ben Sheiber for more information at