Israel Study & Discussion Group – 6 to 8 PM

Date: March 13

Time: 6 to 8 PM

Join Rabbi Naomi for congenial discussion of current events.  (To receive readings in advance of the session, please contact the Office; materials also will be read together in each session.)

Taking Torah to Heart 

Date: March 6

Time: 6 to 7:30 PM

How do Torah passages come alive for us?  How do we grow spiritually through immersion in Torah verses?  How can stories, songs and teachings of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) both shape and reflect our inner life?  Join Rabbi Naomi to take a close look at some powerful selections of our beloved texts. Knowledge of Hebrew helpful, but not required.


“What is Judaism and What is Its Purpose?” with Phil Lazzar.

Dates: March 12, 19, 26

Time: 6 to 7:30 PM

From the words of Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield, OBM:

“The Holy Ba’al Shem Tov taught that there is a radiance to all of creation, that the Divine is constantly speaking to us in all that we sense, in all that we think, and that there is virtually no event that occurs within us or that we perceive in the world around us that is without meaning. Every word we speak creates something, for better or worse, inside us or in the world around us. So with every thought we think.

It is the task of all sacred paths to teach us how to become aware of the Divine nature of reality and to shape our consciousness in ways that will help to bring more of the light of Divine into ourselves and the world.”

Reb Aryeh’s words set out for us something great to aspire and work towards. Perhaps it will take lifetimes of work but in the end we’ll all get there one way or another, after many mistakes. In this class we will explore basic Jewish concepts that address why we’re here and what is expected of us and what our role is in this long chain called Judaism.

All classes are offered for free and can be attended at any giving date.


Contemplative Tuesday  

Date: March 27

Time: 6 to 7:30 PM

      “For You, silence is praise!”  Psalm 65:2

Join Rabbi Naomi for contemplative practices drawn from Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism 10th-15th centuries) and Chassidut (wisdom in the tradition of the Baal Shem Tov, 18th to 19th centuries.)  We’ll study short inspiring teachings, sing/chant, meditate/contemplate, and share experiences. Knowledge of Hebrew helpful, but not required.  Beginners and experienced meditators are all welcome.



Israel Study & Discussion Group

Led by the Rabbi, the Israel Study and Discussion group covers topics including Jewish historical developments leading to the founding of Israel, Israeli-Diaspora relations, demographics, and current events. The group is open to both Temple members and the general community.

Book Club

The Temple Beth El Book Club is currently on a break.

Torah Study

Join us every Saturday morning at 8:30 AM for Nosh ‘n Drosh, a lively, member-led discussion of the week’s Torah portion. Previous experience unnecessary; everyone is welcome.

Adult B’nai Mitzah

Adult B’nai Mitzvah students work with the Rabbi and other Temple teachers to prepare to chant from the Torah, deliver a D’var Torah (Torah teaching) and lead portions of the Shabbat services.  Prospective students should have proficiency in reading Hebrew phonetically and should plan for at least two years of study. To enroll in the program, contact the Rabbi.