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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

10:30 AM           Shabbat Morning Study led by Andy Hoffman

Join us as we continue the 4-part series on the Book of Judges (Shoftim). 
Newcomers are always welcome. For any questions, contact Martin Kagan at (713) 270-4469.

The Shabbat Study schedule is as follows:
October 20, November 17, December 8, January 5 (2019), February 9, March 16, April 6, May 11, June 15.

For further information, click here.


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

The CBS Inspired Book Club meets in the Board Room following Shabbat services and lunch.

Next Meeting: Saturday, October 13

We are reading The Exodus by Richard Elliott Friedman. Please read the intro and Chapters 1 and 2. Discussion will be led by Ed Chaika. For questions, email 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: October 7, October 21, October 28, November 11, November 18, December 16, December 23, January 13

For more information, click here.

Wednesday Evenings

7:00 PM         After the Fall Of the Second Temple: Jewish Life In the First Century CE.

The CBS Adult Education Committee presents three programs that look at some of the major changes in the Jewish religion during the First Century. 

Oct 10: Dr Matthias Henze, Rice University Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism: Dr. Henze, whose specialty is those early texts that never became part of the Hebrew Bible, will talk about The Book of Jubilees and The Book of Watchers

Oct 17: Dr Caryn Tamber-Rosenau, University of Houston Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies: Dr. Tamber-Rosenau, whose specialty is Second Temple Judaism, will talk about the canonization process

Oct. 24: Aaron Howard, Instructor at the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning: Howard, whose specialty is Jewish History, will talk about the end of sacrifices and the Temple cult


Sunday Evenings

7:00 PM         “The Last Picture Show”

The CBS Film Festival returns for its 17th year! There will be pre-film introductions and post-film discussion. Because of limited comfortable seating, no drop-ins will be admitted. Reservations for any or all films must be made via e-mail to Aaron Howard.

Jan. 13: “1945” (Hungary, 2017) The arrival of two Orthodox Jews upsets the wedding day of a rural town clerk’s son in post-war Hungary

Jan. 20: “Menashe” (U.S., 2017) Filmed in a New York Hasidic community in Yiddish, this film portrays the struggles of a widowed man to keep custody of his son after his wife passes away

Jan. 27: “God’s Neighbors” (Israel, 2012) “HaMashgihim” portrays a young man’s attempts to break away from a gang of religious extremists who patrol their Bat Yam neighborhood for transgressions against the letter of religious laws 


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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