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Adult Education 

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Fulfilling its mission of being a Bet Midrash, a house of study, Temple Bat Yam encourages lifelong Jewish study through adult education classes.  Students explore our rich Jewish culture and heritage, uncovering new appreciation for their Jewish identity and traditions..

A Little Something for Everyone

 

Roundtable - Contemporary Jewish Thought 
Tuesday mornings, 10:30 am -11:45 am

No background is required.  In this weekly discussion, Rabbi Spey will lead a conversation based upon Text: American Jewish Thought  Since 1934, (2020) Marmur, Michael and Ellenson, David, Editors (Available from brandeisuniversitypress.com or amazon.com, paperback and Kindle editions. Copies also available at TBY for $26)

There is no charge for this class, but students may need to purchase books, depending on which text(s) are selected for study. Registration is not required. The course is open to the community.

Click here for the course dates and syllabus.

 

 

Talmud Class  - Thursday morning, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Thursday mornings, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

A discussion of Talmudic interpretations of Jewish law.  Studying the Talmud from a modern perspective, led by Rabbi Spey.


 

Judaism 101 Classes (for Everyone)

No background is required. These classes may be of particular interest to anyone wishing to enrich their understanding of Judaism from an adult perspective, those considering joining the Jewish people through the process of conversion, and couples, including those in interfaith relationships, desiring to deepen their understanding and enhance the Jewish components of their family life. 

Adult Brit Mitzvah and Confirmation Classes

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upon entering the meeting, select either "year 1" or "year 2" to enter the correct class.

Adults who have never experienced the time-honored rite of passage as a Brit Mitzvah are invited to join the Adult Brit Mitzvah program. Participation is limited to Temple members.

Call the Temple office at 954-928-0410 for more information and to register.


10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27

7:30: Introduction to Jewish History  

Learn about the fascinating history of the Jewish people from their roots in Ancient Israel until now.

6:30: Hebrew Level 1

No background is required. You will begin to learn the alef-bet and some basic Hebrew vocabulary words during the first trimester. Each succeeding trimester, you will learn more Hebrew and become a more fluent reader. By the time you complete the third trimester, you will be reading basic prayers from the prayerbook with some understanding.


12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26

7:30: Introduction to Jewish Holidays

The Jewish people always celebrate, observe, or remember significant moments each year, often with food. Learn what, how, and why.

6:30: Hebrew Level 2


3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15/ 4/29

7:30: Introduction to the Jewish Lifecycle

From the time a child is born, that child will move through different rites of passage marked by Jewish rituals, even through and beyond death.

6:30: Hebrew Level 3


 

Judaism 201 Classes (for Everyone)

Adult Brit Mitzvah and Confirmation Classes

Adults who have never experienced the time-honored rite of passage as a Brit Mitzvah are invited to join the Adult Brit Mitzvah program. Participation is limited to Temple members.

Year Two's Curriculum will help prepare those individuals who wish to work toward becoming an adult Brit Mitzvah or Confirmand.

Monday Evenings, 6:30 to 8:30

10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

7:30: The Erev Shabbat Service

We'll take a closer look, in Hebrew, at the major prayers and blessings of the Erev Shabbat Service. We'll learn root words, prefixes, and suffixes to help us understand the prayers' meaning.

6:30: TaNaCH and Jewish Texts

We are the People of the Book, but how did there get to be so many of them? We'll examine the Torah, Prophets, Writings, Midrash, Mishnah, Gemara, Talmud, and modern-day commentary.


1/8, 1/22, 1/29, 2/2 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15/ 4/29

7:30: The Shabbat Morning Service

We'll take a closer look, in Hebrew, at the major prayers and blessings of the Shabbat morning service. We'll continue to learn root words and grammatical structures that will aid our understanding of the prayers.

6:30: The Prayerbook

Where did our prayer book come from? How did it develop over time? Why doesn't Rabbi Spey sacrifice animals on the bimah as it says in the Torah? How are the weekday, Shabbat, and holiday services the same and different? Bring your own questions!

Call the Temple office at 954-928-0410 for more information and to register.


 

Shabbat Worship and Torah Study

TBY’s Best Kept Secret!
by Elissa Mogilefsky
 
After my mother Ruth died, I decided that during the month of shloshim, I would attend Saturday morning services at TBY to say Kaddish in addition to attending Friday night service. Well, that month has turned into many months!
 
Attending Saturday morning services has been an outstanding experience for me. There is an informal and intimate Saturday morning service at 10:30 on the days when there is no Brit Mitzvah. The service is very participatory and filled with beautiful prayers and melodies, some of which differ from Friday night.  We all participate in a group aliyah and say the prayers before and after Rabbi Spey reads from the Torah. We then have a lively discussion and share our thoughts on the weekly portion.   My brain gets exercised every Saturday morning.
 
And there is no need to get dressed up - a relaxed atmosphere.
 
I come away on Saturday mornings feeling upbeat and energized for my Shabbat.  It is always surprising that so few people attend. Come some Saturday morning and find out what I am talking about; you, too, will love and know about one of TBY’s best-kept secrets!

 

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Special programs throughout the year provide opportunities to explore books, Jewish music, and culture.  Please check the TBY calendar for all program listings.

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