Congregation Beth El Kicks Off Summer with Adult Education

Congregation Beth El Kicks Off Summer with Adult Education

The Talmud has been compared to a vast sea, in which one can swim forever. The Talmud is a vast compilation of law, legend and scholarly discussions, which also gives us a window into the lives of our ancient ancestors.

Come dip a toe into the sea of Talmud as Beth El begins to explore Massecheth B’rachoth, the Tractate of Benedictions, which deals with prayer. The class, led by Chazzan Yitzhak Ben-Moshe, will meet on alternate Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., July 12, July 26, August 16, August 30 and September 6.

After a year of piloting the Chai Mitzvah Teen program, Beth El will launch a Chai Mitzvah adult class. Chai Mitzvah was created as a way to engage adults in a Jewish journey throughout their lives. Chai Mitzvah encourages adults to take time to reflect on where they are Jewishly and what they would like to achieve.

There are five steps to becoming Chai Mitzvah: Attend nine study sessions, with a specially designed curriculum; identify something Jewish you want to learn; take on or deepen an existing Jewish ritual; engage in a social action project; and celebrate your achievement.

The Chai Mitzvah program serves as a catalyst to ignite deeper Jewish engagement and continued growth. The classes will be led by Jewish educator Shereen Ben-Moshe.

Other offerings at Beth El this summer include a summer Friday night speaker series that will feature David Walker, who will talk about Medieval Jewish literature, Marty Price, representative of the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Austin, and David Levy of the Jewish National Fund.

Throughout the summer, Beth El will also hold sisterhood and men’s club events, including a book club discussion of Amos Oz’s 2016 novel “Judas” as well as a trip to the movies to see “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again.” ■

To find out more about Beth El, visit www.bethelaustin.org.

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