Programs & Classes

Congregation Beth El Adult Education offers classes, programs and activities that deepen and enrich the Jewish learning of our congregants. Drawing from the rich resources of our congregation and our community, we offer a stimulating learning environment that encompasses the full range and diversity of the Jewish experience. 


Talmud Study
Fridays, On-going • 5:00 - 6:00 pm 
All texts are provided in English; no experience or prior knowledge required. You really are welcome! 
See our current and past texts at www.bethelberkeley.org/talmud. For more information, contact Lisa Feldman.

Shabbat Poetry
Saturdays, 4:00 pm (on summer break, starting back up after Labor Day) 
Learn more about our poetry heritage in Beth El members' homes. We read aloud one ancient and one modern Hebrew poem in translation. Lively discussions. For more information contact Florence Lewis.

Rabbi Kahn's Roots and Branches
Roots and Branches is our open-ended, on-going exploration of the central texts and ideas of the Jewish tradition. All texts in English; no homework; no prerequisites; drop-in anytime. Takes place most Sundays.

2018/2019 dates TBD.

Hannah Arendt Reading Group
A Reading Group on the writings of Hannah Arendt meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at Beth El, facilitated by Sandra Luft, PhD. 
For more information, please email Sandra at srluft@sfsu.edu

James Joyce Reading Group
Saturdays at 12:30 pm
The James Joyce Reading Group at Beth El is dedicated to reading James Joyce's Ulysses, using the Penguin Student Annotated Edition. It meets every Saturday from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in the Beth El library. Please contact Ann Brickann.brick@comcast.net for further information, or, even better, come to the next meeting on Saturday! 

Lehrhaus Judaica

Lehrhaus Judaica is the Bay Area’s adult Jewish education school. Beth El partners with Lehrhaus to offer on-going Hebrew study, Introduction to Judaism classes and other programs and classes at our synagogue. Through this partnership, we are able to offer a continuous program of multi-level Hebrew study, serving everyone from beginners through advanced learners, with specialized classes in Biblical, prayer book and modern language. For current offerings, please see the Lehrhaus course catalog.

Beth El Garden- Dig in the dirt, grow your own food, and create a beautiful space!
Have you been inside Beth El’s community garden? Come check out our 12 vegetable beds, where we grow corn, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh herbs, and more.