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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

On March 16, we begin our third Shabbat Study series to be led by Sue Resnick. The title of Sue’s series is Psalms.

The (tentative) schedule of topics:

March 16 - Introduction: Everything you ever knew about Psalms is wrong 
April 6  - Daily Psalms (Note date change to first Shabbat of the month due to Pesach)
May 18 - Psalms, Prophecy, and the End of Days
June 15 - Psalms to be Sung NEW DATE AND TIME: SUNDAY, JUNE 23, AT 10:00AM.

Sue Resnick will complete her series in June. July will be a skip month. The next series will begin in August (8/17) and continue on the third shabbat through November.  It will be led by Aaron Howard:
Starting on August 17, we will be starting our fourth Shabbat Study series and the first of the new synagogue year. The series will be devoted to the book of Kohelet.  Aaron Howard will lead the series which as usual will take place after kiddush (about 1 pm) on the third shabbat of each month.  We will look at the content of Hebrew wisdom comparing it to, other Middle Eastern and modern wisdom literature. The first session will situate Kohelet within the context of Wisdom Literature.

For these sessions, please bring a Tanach or a book of the Psalms that has the Psalms in Hebrew and English.  Only a few books will be available at the meetings.

If you have any questions, please contact Martin Kagan at 713-270-4469.


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.

In May, we will begin reading Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, by Chaim N. Saiman, followed by Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein HaLevi.

The reading schedule:
May 11 - Debbie Kagan will lead the discussion on Part 1, The Nature of Halakhah. 
June 8 - Martin Kagan will lead the discussion on Part 2 (Talmudic readings) from Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, by Chaim N. Saiman.
July 13 - Part 3 - Between Torah and Law - pps. 141-248 - leader TBA

Our August 10 book will be Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein HaLevi.


For information, or to be added to the IBC mailing list, please contact Sue Resnick ([email protected]).


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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