A Center of Learning

At Congregation Beth Jacob, we call our adult education program Mercaz Limmud — Center for Learning. We are a center of learning, and we invite everyone in our community to start anywhere, and find their own center. Studying our texts, traditions, rituals, and practices is a lifelong pursuit, so each year we offer many opportunities to sample paths of growth, experience, and curiosity.

This year brings several new initiatives for engagement with CBJ.

Nearly every Tuesday night this year will feature a class, lecture or workshop. Starting in September, CBJ is offering a wide range of classes and talks with the start of the new year, 5777. Rather than a singular theme, the classes and talks in 5777 are exploring the personal, or inward focused aspects of Judaism.


Beginning November 1st, join us for a year of conversations  about everything you need to know about the Jewish way of life and death.  A Project of CBJ, The Gamliel Institute, Sinai Memorial Chapel, and Lehrhaus Judaica, the session facilitators are healthcare professionals, rabbis, lawyers, mortuary directors, leaders in the Chevrah Kadisha, and chaplains. The first Tuesday of every month will offer a different session.

Sign up now at Lehrhaus Judaica.

Learning comes home

In addition to our weekend social events in members’ homes we are adding a Neighborhood Learning component. Clergy will be holding study sessions on Sunday mornings in members’ living rooms focusing on topics of current interest.

Sex in Jewish Law and Tradition (Bill), Is Abortion Permitted in Jewish Law? (Rabbi Ilana), and Jewish Perspectives on the Death Penalty (Rabbi Ezray). Our final Brunch and Learn session will take place on March 26th.

Sign up HERE.




Voices of Mercaz Limmud