A Community of Learning
At Congregation Beth Jacob, 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.
Adult B’nai Mitzvah
Weekly on Mondays from 5:30 – 7:30
A 2 – 3 year course of study with Rabbi Ezray, Cantor Barbara and Bill Futornick. The class studies mitzvot, prayer, holidays, synagogue skills, history, life cycle and theology in depth.
For anyone who wishes to deepen their sense of Judaism, whether you had a bar or bat mitzvah at age 13 or not. The program culminates in a Shabbat morning service together.
Saturdays 9am – 10am
The capstone of lifelong learning at CBJ is this lively and sometimes intense weekly journey deep into the Torah landscape. Here, a growing group of Torah-explorers comes together every Saturday to travel the twists and turns verse by verse, guided by Rabbi Ezray and Bill Futornick. You’ll never look at Torah quite the same way again. Speaking is encouraged but not required!
Ongoing Adult Learning
Weekly on Wednesday from 11:00 am-12:00 noon
An ongoing group of Torah study each week with Bill. Currently reading the book of Kings. No previous experience necessary. Join us!
Mondays with Meaning
Text and holiday study with our clergy
Mondays 10:30 – 11:30
We are studying Pirkei Avot, or Ethics of the Fathers – two-thousand year old wisdom that transcends generations.
Wednesdays 10:30 – 11:30
Rabbi Ilana is guiding this class in studying the philosophy of Maimonides, as laid out in his essay “Introduction to Perek Chelek”. Working with the original text in Hebrew, the class is both a lesson in Hebrew language and medieval philosophy.