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Adult Education

At Congregation B'nai Israel, education is a cornerstone of Jewish life. Each year, we host a range of robust programming designed to include all, and exclude none. We hope you’ll find a program that sparks your interest, and that you’ll join us in this quest for knowledge.

Guest speaker Dr. Henry Simkin at Valley Jewish Senior Luncheon-His Days as a Mohel

Rabbi David's Text Study Class

Teaching How to Make Rugelach at CBI Cafe

Hebrew Classes

Our Adult Hebrew classes have been designed to be accessible to everyone.  We offer two levels of Hebrew. Our Level One class covers more basic Hebrew skills, such as:

  • Learning the Hebrew alphabet and letters
  • Studying grammar structure
  • Learning the root word structure of key phrases and words in our prayerbook

The Level Two class focuses on:

  • More advanced grammar structure
  • Working on reading, writing and speaking in full sentences
  • Interpreting prayers and phrases directly from our Prayerbook

Interested in learning more? Contact Shelly Schieffelin

Talmud Study with Rabbi Jacob Fine

The Talmud is a vast ocean. Within its 5,422 pages, it provides us with an extraordinary compendium of Jewish wisdom. During these Shabbat study sessions (Jacob's Shabbes Shiur), we will dive into some important fascinating sections. Class is free and open to everyone; no prior experience or language skills are necessary. 

Shabbat mornings at 10 am  Zoom link here.

Text Study with Rabbi Justin David

This weekly class  is an informal study of Jewish texts and lively discussions, now held online every Tuesday at 12:15 pm. Registration is not required, and there is no charge.  Zoom link here.

Valley Jewish Seniors Luncheons

Because of COVID-19, we are currently not holding the luncheons in person.  Please check back for additional information about this and other programs for any updates.

Our luncheon meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 12:30 pm at Congregation B’nai Israel from October to June.  All are welcome no matter what your age or religious background. Please contact  the program coordinator, Henny Lewin  if you have an idea for a guest speaker topic or if you would like to be a guest speaker.

If you would like to volunteer for the Valley Jewish Senior Luncheon to help shop, prepare food, serve, clean up or check in participants, please contact Deborah Epstein at 413-883-6957.

Please RSVP by emailing or calling the office at: / 413-584-3593.

Wheelchair and mobility aid accessible building and entrance, accessible parking available. All are welcome!

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