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

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) 


Mussar – Come join in small group study of Mussar, that Rabbi Teri will facilitate, as we explore together, in a safe and caring environment, what the Jewish tradition has to teach us about the traits of humility, gratitude, equanimity, patience, order and honor, among others – and discover how you can improve these qualities in your own life. 7:00pm on Tuesday evenings on Zoom. Minimum: 6 students (maximum 10). I can add a second group if more people are interested. Book: Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis. Please contact Rabbi Teri Appleby at if interested. (Classes: Feb. 9, 23 – March 9, 23- April 6, 20 – May 4, 18 – June 1, 15)


Old World & New World Reform Judaism – Wednesdays, February 3, 10 at 7 – 8:15 pm, taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel We will be looking at the origins of Reform Judaism and how the differences between Europe and the United States affected its development. We will also look at the future of Reform Judaism, both in the Diaspora and in Israel.


Judaism’s Great Debates –  Wednesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, from 7 – 8:15 pm –  taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel Not surprisingly, Jews do not always agree and at key moments in our history, there have been debates about what direction Judaism should go. Does spirituality come from intellect or from emotion? What are the boundaries of Jewish thought? We will examine four key debates from the time of the start of Hasidism to an imagined debate between Theodor Herzl and Rabbi Isaac M. Wise about Zionism. We think we know who won, but there is more to the story.


URJ Introduction to Judaism Online – Thursdays, March 18 – July 29, from 7 – 8:30 pm, taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel The 21 session class is for individuals considering conversion, spiritual seekers, adults raising Jewish children, interfaith couples, and Jews who want to learn more about Judaism. (If you registers for this class, you will be with Rabbi Appel. Other classes are available. There is a fee of $450 for the class, and there is scholarship money available. For a scholarship assistance, registrants should apply both to the URJ as well as call or email Rabbi Appel. For more information, click here. 


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.