Adult Learning

Beth Am Israel supports lifelong learning, friendships and spiritual growth. Our adult education programs are designed to enrich and enhance our adult Jewish educational and spiritual journey, while providing a social and networking outlet for our members to develop friendships and relationships in our community.

We offer a variety of classes, lectures, and discussion groups on Jewish topics both contemporary and traditional.

Lunch & Learn
Once a month in Center City, bring your lunch and join Rabbi David and a group of learners for fellowship, text study, and exploration of a theme. Past themes have included “Shabbat at the Center: The Talmud’s Take on How and Why” and “Contemporary Dilemmas – Jewish Response.”

Book Group
Beth Am Israel has a thriving book group. New members are always welcome!

“BAI Teaches BAI”
On Monday nights throughout the year, our community’s many talented academics and teachers present short talks to the community. Topics range from Israeli short stories to same-sex marriage, from the ethos of medicine to reading psalms, and beyond!

Shabbat Morning Learning Opportunities

Torah Study
Every Shabbat morning, Rabbi David or a knowledgeable lay leader leads a lively discussion of the weekly parsha.

Music Before the Prayer
Songs, prayer, chants, drums, & time for meditative silence, led by Hazzan Harold.

Prayer By Prayer
Led by Hazzan Harold, Prayer by Prayer explores what the prayers in the Shabbat morning service are about, how and why we say them, and how they are relevant to our lives today.

Melody & Meaning of Prayer
Led by our Morah Ruchanit (spiritual educator) Shelly Barnathan, this offering explores the spiritual experience of prayer through song and discussion.

Torah Yoga
Led by Rabbi Myriam Klotz, Torah Yoga is a great addition to our Shabbat mornings once a month, and is a unique way to experience Torah and prayer. We learn to stretch the body, mind, heart, and soul as we explore how to embody Jewish spirituality teachings on our yoga mats and in our lives.

Shabbat Lunch & Learn
Shabbat Lunch & Learn takes place once a month at Beth Am Israel following Shabbat morning services. Last year’s theme was “Talmud Tales.” Join Rabbi David and a group of learners for discussion and study.