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Adult Education Offerings at Temple Beth El

Register now to delve deeply into these fascinating topics with Temple Beth El’s Adult Education courses! Contact Rachel Sauer (school@tbemadison.org)or Nicole Jahr (learn@tbemadison.org) at 608-238-3123 with questions.


Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: Torah, Prophets, Writings

Instructor: Rabbi Bonnie Margulis
Monday evenings 7:00 –9:00 pm

Part 1: Torah; October 16, 30, November 13, 27, Dcember 11, 2017
Part 2: Prophets; January 8, 22, February 5, 19, March 5, 2018
Part 3: Writings; March 19, April 2, 16, 30, May 14, 2018
This course will discuss the history and development of the Biblical text from a scientific -critical viewpoint, using a variety of methodologies —historical, literary, source -critical, and form – critical. This course is divided into three sections; students can choose to take one, two, or all three sections. Student fees: $50 per section, $150 for all 3 sections. Minimum number of students: 10. Register here.

Modern Israeli Songbook

Thursdays: October 26, November 2, 9, and 16, 2017 12:30 pm
Instructor: Cantor Sharon Brown – Levy
Explore the amazing music, artists, and poetry of the State of Israel from the 1950s to the present. Take a journey with Cantor Sharon Brown – Levy as she guides us through live music, videos, and slide presentations of the Modern Israeli songbook. Come to listen, learn, and even sing along! Bring your own lunch. Register here.


Chai Mitzvah

Wednesdays: October 25, November 29, December 20, 2017; January 31, February 14, March 14, April 25, May 30, and June 13, 2018 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This national program was created in 2008 as a way to engage adults in a Jewish journey throughout their lives. Participants attend monthly study sessions facilitated by Nicole A. Jahr, RJE, identify something Jewish they want to learn, take on or deepen an existing Jewish ritual, and engage in social action, all while studying texts that are easy to grasp for the beginner or “returner” to Jewish education. Register here.

Josephus and the Hanukkah Story

Thursdays: November 2, 16, 30 7:00 pm –8:30 pm
Instructor: Rabbi Bonnie Margulis
The first century writer Flavius Josephus is among the few sources we have for the Hellenistic period of Jewish history (roughly 300 BCE to 100 CE). In this class, we will contrast four different versions of the Hanukkah story —the two versions Josephus tells, that of First Maccabees, and the version the Talmud gives us —and explore the motivations behind the different versions. Student fees: $30. Minimum number of students: 10. Register here.

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