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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.   

On January 19, we will discuss "What happened at Sinai, part 2?". Be prepared for some new insghts.

The February 16 topic will be "All Translation is Interpretation.” We will examine different English translations of several Torah passages, including Robert Alter’s recently published version.

The Shabbat Study schedule is as follows:
October 20, November 17, December 8, December 15, January 19 (2019), 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, January 12, 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:

January 12 - Aaron Howard will lead a discussion on the Introduction and Part I, Chs. 1 and 2  (pp.1-50).

February 9 - Part II, Chs. 3 and 4 (pp.53-114) - leader TBD

March 9 - Part II, Chs. 5, 6 and 7 (pp. 115-196) - leader TBD

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: October 7, October 21, October 28, November 11, November 18, December 16, December 23 (Due to vacation schedules of the students, this class date has been cancelled), January 13

For more information, click here.

Wednesday Evenings

7:00 PM   

Stay tuned for new classes coming soon.

Sunday Evenings

7:00 PM         “Sunday Night Movies” - Brith Shalom Adult Education Film Festival

Click here for details.

Special Lectures:

Thursday, January 24 at 7pm
Congregation Brith Shalom Adult Education Lecture & Book Signing - Penny Milbouer: Between Persecution and Participation

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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