Adult Education

Beth Abraham offers several opportunities for adult learning throughout the year with Rabbi Ginsberg and Cantor Raizen. Some of these include:

Adult B’nei Mitzvah Class

Are you someone who never had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Rabbi Ginsberg and Cantor Raizen are currently preparing a group of adults who were not previously Bar or Bat Mitzvahed. During this past year, Rabbi Ginsberg has taught the structure and meaning of the service and prayers, while Cantor Raizen has prepared the students to chant Haftarah and Torah. This will culminate with the class participating during Shabbat services on Feb. 29, 2020.

Shabbat Kiddush Learning Sessions

Are you a lifelong learner? Rabbi Ginsberg regularly teaches a series of learning sessions following Shabbat Kiddush lunch. Classes are on a range of topics from the ethics of everyday human interaction, to advice for sages and aspiring sages, to statements about the relationship of God and humanity. Most recently, Rabbi Ginsberg has been teaching a class on Pirkei Avot, the Wisdom of the Sages.

Trope Training

Cantor Raizen periodically leads trope training classes for both Torah and Haftarah. Many of those who complete trope training join our Beth Abraham “Yad Squad” as lay Torah and Haftarah readers who participate in our weekly Shabbat services. Please contact Cantor Raizen if interested.

Introduction to Judaism

Organized and taught by the rabbis of The Synagogue Forum of Greater Dayton, this yearly course offers a full introduction to Judaism from Conservative, Orthodox/Traditional and Reform perspectives. The class covers topics such as beliefs about God, Torah, Israel, Jewish life cycle events, holiday celebrations, and Jewish history. The class is open to all, including those new to Judaism, those seeking or considering conversion to Judaism, those in interfaith relationships, individuals interested in Jewish history and ritual, and those who may just want a refresher to Judaism. Classes typically meet on Mondays from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. The next class begins October 28 and runs through March 16, 2020. Registration is through the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton. Click here for the registration page and for contact information for further questions.

Hebrew Classes

Interested in learning Hebrew? We periodically offer beginning Hebrew classes to congregants. Please contact the synagogue office for more information.

The GOAL! Program

Led by our Cantor and Education Director, Andrea Raizen, our revised religious school educational program for children and families, GOAL!, is based on a phrase from the Passover Haggadah that introduces the Maggid section: צֵא וּלְמַד (Tzei Ulmad) – Go Out And Learn.

Many months during the year will have a Sunday congregational program scheduled. These are open to families and other members of the congregation. There will be activities/learning for all ages. Depending on the particular program, there might be some adult only and child only sessions, mixed group activities, hands on components, or text-based learning.

For more details on the GOAL! Program including an informational video, click here.