Adult Education

 At Beth El we believe in Lifelong Jewish Learning, and we strive, through our Adult Education programs, to offer a wide range of learning opportunities to meet a variety of needs and interests for our congregants. We respect that everyone approaches Jewish learning from a different perspective, and we strive to help each of our members on his or her journey as an adult learner. To that end, we offer many types of programs, including traditional classroom study, speakers and lecturers, films, book discussions, Torah Study, Me’ah, Biblical and Modern Hebrew, monthly Shabbat Table Talks, and many special events. Classes are taught by clergy, lay leaders, and outside speakers/visiting scholars who share their expertise and insights to inform, inspire and enrich our lives. We invite you to join us and try a program (or two!). We welcome all participants who come to learn, regardless of ability to pay. Take a look at our program brochure for details on all our offerings this year.

We also will try to keep members of our community informed of Adult Learning opportunities and resources in the greater Boston Jewish community – there are quite rich offerings in and around our neighborhood, including Limmud Boston on December 4th, New Course offerings at Hebrew College at reduced prices, workshops and study sessions at Mayyim Hayyim, Kolot (A Study Series for Jewish Women), and many, many more!


Several exciting events are taking place in the greater Boston area in the next several months.
  • David Grossmann will be in Boston at several events. For those of you who read "To the end of the land" last year, or want to learn more about this terrific Israeli writer, he will be at Harvard University on Tuesday, November 15th and 7pm, Science Center Hall C, 1 Oxford street, Cambridge, MA. 
  • Limmud Boston - December 4th; congregation Mishkin Tefila, chestnut hill, MA. 

    LimmudBoston is a day-long festival of Jewish. There will be workshops and presentations for all generations, and all members of the Jewish community--followed by an evening concert . Based on 30 years of Limmud in the UK, LimmudBoston promises tastes of the best in Boston Jewish scholarship, arts, music and community opportunities.

    Here's what happens at LimmudBoston:
    • Creative arts - music, art, movement
    • Text study
    • Davvenology
    • Movement
    • Meditation
    • Politics & peoplehood
    • Storytelling
    • Chavruta
    • Lifecycle modeling
  • Limmud events challenge you--intellectually and philosophically. Everyone is welcome, so lots of points of view will be found at Limmud and Taste-of-Limmud events. The Limmud flavor includes diversity of presenters, topics, style, age participation, gender participation and traditions. For more information see


A few highlights at BETC this year: 

  • Yom Kippur Study Hour with Rabbi Sandi Intraub our new Asst. Educator Oct. 8th @ 1:30
  • Rabbi Kraus’s Class Sundays in November/December
  • December 18th – Winter Holiday challenges for interfaith families (details to come)
  • February 18th – Havdallah/Movie night
  • March 23-25th – Adult Learning weekend including a visiting scholar (details to come)
  • Cantor Fine’s Class in April


For more information about any of our programs, please contact Elyse Shuster, Committee Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


We welcome your participation – not only in attending and participating in events, but in helping to plan them! The best way to ensure that we have programs that appeal to the widest group of congregants, is to attend our meetings and give us your input! We meet once a month – usually the 2nd Wednesday at 7pm (in October we will meet on Tuesday the 11th, because of Sukkot)