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Adult Education

Congregation Brith Shalom takes seriously the obligation of a lifetime of Jewish learning and offers the following adult learning opportunities:

Year-Long Courses

Saturday Morning/Afternoon

1:00 PM           Shabbat Study Group

We continue the second Shabbat Study series, led by Debbie Kagan. Titled “What We Talk About When We Talk About Torah," Debbie's series deals with approaches to understanding Torah. Each of the sessions uses specific texts to illustrate the philosophical approaches.  Be prepared for some new insghts.

The February 16 topic will be “Barren Mothers.”  We will examine stories of infertility in the Torah and what lessons we can derive from them.

The Shabbat Study schedule is as follows:
February 16, March 16, April 6, May 18, June 15.
Sessions take place after the kiddush-lunch on the third Shabbat of the month.

Newcomers are always welcome.

If you have any questions, please contact Martin Kagan at 713-270-4469 or for further information, click here.


1:00 PM           Inspired Book Club  (2nd Saturday of the month)

The Inspired Book Club meets in the Board Room on the 2nd Saturday of each month (following Shabbat services and lunch) from about 1:00-2:00 pm.  Volunteers lead the book discussions. All are welcome to attend.

The CBS Inspired Book Club will meet on Saturday, February 9, in the Board Room following Shabbat services and lunch.  At the December meeting, we voted to read Mind the Gap, by Matthias Henze.  The book is available through many on-line and local bookstores, and on Kindle.  (Kindles and other electronic media are not allowed in the synagogue on Shabbat.  For information about this policy, contact Rabbi Teller.)

The reading schedule for Mind the Gap:

February 9 - Part II, Chs. 3 and 4 (pp.53-114) - led by Ed Chaika.

March 9 - Part II, Chs. 5, 6 and 7 (pp. 115-196) - led by Lisa Trimachi.

For more information about the IBC, contact  Sue Resnick.

Mini Courses

In addition to year-long class offerings, Brith Shalom offers a series of mini courses throughout the year.

Sunday Mornings

9:45 AM         Making Sense of the Shabbat Morning Liturgy - 8 Session Class

Taught by Cantor Levine

This class will delve into the deeper meanings of the Shabbat morning liturgy, through structure and historical and theological context, to identify the issues through which we are challenged to confront and build Jewish identity in the 21st century. Hebrew reading is helpful but not required. 

The schedule is as follows: Stay tuned for information about new sessions coming soon.

For more information, click here.

Wednesday Evenings

7:00 PM   

Stay tuned for new classes coming soon.

Special Lectures:

Stay tuned for information about special lectures coming soon.

Yiddish 101

Tuesday evenings, beginning January 22, 2019, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Click HERE for more information.

The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School 

The Melton & More program offers rich, in-depth Jewish studies courses designed by The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning as well as local Houston faculty. Jewish learning classes, including Jewish Denominations, is taught by Cantor Levine! Other courses offered by CBS congregants include: Angels & The Afterlife and Sustainable Eating, with Nancy Picus, Jewish-Muslim Relations with Aaron Howard, Jewish Medical Ethics with Rabbi Jill Levy, Jewish Superheroes with Nomi Barancik, and Jewish Rites of Passage with Rabbi Samantha Safran. Classes run for 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 weeks, and cover many fascinating topics. Click here for details and registration.

In addition to adult learning opportunities within our congregation, Brith Shalom encourages members to join the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School network. Contact Cantor Levine for more info. 

A Prayer for the State of Israel

Click here for a beautiful reading of "A Prayer for the State of Israel" by Cantor Levine.


Knowledge alters what we seek as well as what we find. -- Freda Adler

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