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Our 2018-19 Adult Learning theme:
"The Jewish Response to our Contemporary World"


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Adult Learning


This year's adult education program centers around the theme of "Our Jewish Response to our Contemporary World": Together, we will learn how we as Jews can respond to the many compelling issues we see in our communities, our nation, and in our world. Our hope is that learning together throughout this coming year will help us as individuals, as families, and as a community find ways to respond to very serious issues of social justice — in immigration, health care, economic justice, hate crimes, racism, sexual violence, LGBTQ issues, and climate change. Some programs will be integrated into our Shabbat services, and others will occur at other times.

All programs are open to everyone, including members and non-members. See the events below, and look for updates on this page throughout the year.

Lessons from the Past:
From Kristallnacht to the Modern Refugee Crisis

Monday, November 12, 2018
A lecture by Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, the oldest refugee organization in the US, who will address the resonances between the events of 1938 and the refugee crisis of our time.

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The Jewish Response to our Contemporary World

Led by Rabbi Eiduson

Begins Monday, February 4, 2019

A multi-part series continuing our discussion of The Jewish Response to our Contemporary World. 

Details to be announced. Refer to this page and to the events calendar for on-going updates throughout the year.

CBT Film Series

“Jewish Life in America in the 20th Century through Film”
All films will be shown at the temple on Sunday evenings, beginning at 7 pm

Sunday, October 28, 2018: Gentleman’s Agreement
Sunday, December 16, 2018: Yentl
Sunday, February 10, 2019: Hester Street
Sunday, March 31, 2019: The Chosen 
Sunday, June 9, 2019: Avalon

The Modern Jewish Experience

...through the Lens of Short Stories

A Me'ah Select class
10 sessions, Thursday nights beginning Octiober 11, 2018

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Jewish Genealogy


Jewish Characters in Fiction

Previous Programs

Past offerings have included:

  • Israeli Dancing, Drumming 
  • Torah Yoga
  • Wise Aging
  • Crucial Moments in Israeli History
  • Who was the Pharaoh of the Exodus?
  • Science Requires God
  • Talit Making
  • Challah baking and Jewish cooking
  • Jewish Characters in Fiction
  • Boston by Foot Walking Tour of Jewish Brookline
  • Ethical Wills
  • Movie nights with discussion
  • Jewish Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Forbidden Fruit: The Impact of Religious Freedom Claims on Science and Education
  • Jewish Geneology
  • Jewish Humor

Come Learn with us

We offer a warm, friendly and casual setting for learning with others. When participating in Adult Learning at B’nai Torah, you will be connecting to a community of active learners. Choose from a selection of subjects and formats that are offered: ongoing classes, lectures, arts and film events, current events, the Book Group series, Torah Study, and more. Most programs are offered free of charge to CBT members. Where fees do apply, they are noted in the program description.

The Adult Learning Committee welcomes your involvement. Share your expertise, interests, and special skills with us. Sign up to volunteer and come explore with us! 

For more information, contact Adult Learning co-chairpersons Jane Golder and Diane Judem at [email protected].

Challah Baking Workshop