Ongoing Learning Opportunities

Inclusion Shabbat:
Each winter, one weekend is devoted to issues of inclusiveness and understanding with a special guest lecturer.  Past topics have included issues of disabilities, gays and lesbians, family values and poverty in the Jewish community. This weekend is sponsored by the Keshet committee.

Sadie Levin Scholar in Residence:
This weekend welcomes a special lecturer for an in-depth Shabbaton.  Previous scholars have included Dr. Susannah Heschel, who spoke about 19th Century Christian thought on Judaism and the essays of her father Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel;  Dr. Rachel Dulin, discussing the politics of our sacred texts; Rabbi David Forman, who discussed Israel and human rights; Al Vorspan who talked about possible peace in the Middle East and Rabbi Alexander Schindler of blessed memory.

Education Shabbat: This annual event is dedicated to Arthur Tirsun, a career educator who lived what he taught. Judaism was his life, and he had the rare gift of being able to impart his Judaic wisdom, passion, and dedication to our students. Our Temple Beth El Religious School teachers possess these same attributes. At this event, we honor all teachers, including those in the greater Charlotte community. 

S.P.I.C.E. (Special Programs of Interest and Concern to Elders 50+):
This program offers educational, cultural and social programs for the 50+ membership of Temple Beth El.  SPICE programs meet on the first and third Mondays and lunch is available.  The program begins with a Jewish learning activity, then lunch, and concludes with a special program.  Past programs have included the changing role of Israel in Reform Jewish life; history of Sephardic Jews in America; life in the military; art, music and field trips around the area.

Senior Sage Program:
In this bi-weekly program for people 60+ will study a different topic each year. There will be monthly lecture and monthly chevruta. 

Comparative Religion Series:
Each Tuesday evening in January and February, we will hold Temple Beth El's Annual Comparative Religion Series. This Series was established in 1997 with the intent to educate the community, promote tolerance and reveal the commonalities in our differences. Recent past topics have included "Music of our Faiths" and "Women, Sex and Religion". Each week, various guest speakers from various houses of worship, academic institutions and community organizations provide interesting lectures along with a question and answer session. This Series is open to the entire community and is free of charge.

Weekly Torah Study:
There is no beginning and no end to Torah study. It entails a lifetime of learning. Study is on Shabbat morning for one hour before the Shabbat worship service.

Adult B’nei Mitzvah
Anshei Mitzvah is an opportunity for those adults who have never had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah to participate in group study that will culminate in being called to the Torah. This program is designed for those Jewish members of Temple Beth El who want to broaden their Judaic knowledge and experience.  Former participants have commented that the Anshei Mitzvah experience helped strengthen their Jewish identity and enhanced their connections to our Jewish community in ways they never imagined.  It is a moving and emotional experience and one that you will always cherish.  Classes will be taught by the clergy, Susan Jacobs, and master teacher, Barbara Feld.

The Anshei Mitzvah program will begin with learning to read Hebrew and continue with Torah and liturgy study that culminates with individual Torah assignments. Upon completion of the curriculum, participants will be called to Torah to celebrate with the congregation. If you are interested in beginning this meaningful journey, click here and let us know.

Hebrew Classes

Learn to Read Hebrew
Learning to read Hebrew is a great way to become more connected to services and prayers.Temple Beth El is offering a thorough beginning Hebrew class that will give you the opportunity to learn to decode and read Hebrew.Members and non-members are welcome.The class fee includes all materials. Morning and evening classes available.

Interested?  Click Here to let us know!

Class Fee: $100 Members $125 Non-members
Class fee must be paid in full prior to the first session.
Minimum of 10 students required

Improve your Hebrew Skills with Barbara Feld!
Hebrew classes with master teacher, Barbara Feld, will help you improve your Hebrew reading skills and deepen your study of prayer.This class is for students who know the Hebrew alphabet and want to perfect their decoding skills while learning some basic prayer vocabulary.Members and non-members are welcome.The class fee includes all materials.

Interested?  Click Here to let us know!
Class Fee: $100 Members $125 Non-members
Class fee must be paid in full prior to the first session.
Minimum of 10 students required

Torah Yoga:  REGISTER NOW!  
Upcoming 2014 Dates: July 11,25  August 1, 8, 22, 29             
Enter Shabbat Renewed and Replenished - Take Torah Yoga at Temple Beth El
Prepare for Shabbat with your bodies, minds and souls.  Fridays from 8 to 9 am. Rabbi Judy, Rabbi Jonathan and Shelley Bear (RYT Certified Yoga instructor) will help us welcome in Shabbat through Torah Yoga. We are trying a new approach to covering costs.  We invite you to pay what you can recognizing that $40 a week from all the participants collectively covers our costs. Call to RSVP 704-749-3070 or simply show up. Please bring a yoga mat.