Monday Night Torah with Phil Lazzar

Community member Phil Lazzar leads weekly classes on Jewish topics on Monday evenings at Temple Beth El. This week’s class information can be found on the calendar.

Hebrew Classes for Beginners and Refreshers 

New four week class starting on June 19th! This class is geared towards both beginners as well as those who want to brush up on their Hebrew reading skills. Our aim is for you to learn the Hebrew letters and be able to read any Hebrew word phonetically. Please sign up through the TBE office by mailing in your registration fee. $18 members, $36 non-members. Please bring a copy of the book: Teach Yourself Hebrew.

Class dates: June 19th & 26th, July 3rd & 10th

Women, Prophecy and Hellenistic Judaism

A two-part series introducing the non-canonical Jewish texts from the 3rd century BCE to the 2nd century CE and focusing on the significance of women serving as Jewish prophetic voices during the Hellenistic period. This class will be taught by Dr. Ashley London Bacchi, who specialized in Hellenistic Judaism at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

This class will be held on Wednesday, February 20 and February 27 from 6 to 7:30 PM.

Pre-registration is required by February 13 and can be done by contacting Adult Education coordinator Sylviane Levy-Boyd at or 707-822-0528. We need at least 5 people registered in order to hold this class.

The cost — for members: $20 for first class, $35 for both classes; for non-members: $25 for first class, $40 for both classes. Students who have not attended the first class cannot sign up for the second class.

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 but we may bring it back with enough interest. If you would like to join a future book club, contact the office.

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.