Hebrew has three ways to refer to a synagogue: Beit Tefilah (House of Prayer); Beit Knesset (House of Assembly); and Beit Midrash (House of Study). The TBEMC Lifelong Learning Committee is committed to creating a Beit Midrash for our community by providing congregants opportunities to connect with each other while exploring historical, cultural, and religious aspects of Judaism.
Even during these challenging times of COVID-19, we have come together, through Zoom, to learn from noted experts in their fields and from each other – in the weekly Thursday morning classes, monthly Book Club, and special events.
We have several upcoming events planned! Look in the weekly email or our online calendar for the latest.
Recent events from the Lifelong Learning Committee:
August 2021: “The Art of Jonah’s Flight” by Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz, exploring the first chapter of the Book of Jonah.
September 2019: “How to Appreciate the High Holy Days: The Important Themes, Prayers and Customs of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur” two-part series presented by Rabbi Kerbel
2019-2020: The Jewish Connection to Comedy Film Series:
“The Frisco Kid”
“Brighton Beach Memoirs”
“Keeping the Faith”
Fall 2019: “Why the Jews”: An Exploration of the Anti-Semitism Throughout History and What to Do About It” two-part series presented by Rabbi Paul Kerbel
Fall 2019: Thursday morning class – “Message of the Prophets” class, led by Rabbi Kerbel
November 10, 2019: Scholar-in-Residence Program: Professor Jack Wertheimer, Professor of American Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Two lectures: “Jews on the Move: How Migrations Have Remade American Jewish Life” and “The Good News about American Judaism.”
December 15, 2019: Trip to See “Fiddler on the Roof” in Yiddish in NYC with dinner at Ben’s Deli
January – June: Thursday morning “Torah Classes” with Rabbi Kerbel
June 10, 2020: Zoom Webinar: “COVID-10 Pandemic: An Overview of Federal and New Jersey State Response, the Impact on the Jewish Community, and Opportunities for Advocacy,” led by Joshua Cohen, Director, Government Relations & External Affairs, Jewish Federations of New Jersey
July: Thursday morning classes “Book of Psalms” – led by Jerry Baranoff
July 16, 2020: Zoom Discussion: “Racism, Anti-Semitism, Black Lives Matter and the Jewish Community” led by Melanie Roth Gorelick, Senior Vice-President, Jewish Council for Public Affairs and Jim Johnson, Corporation Counsel, City of New York
July 23, 2020: Thursday morning class, “Book of Job” led by Jerry Baranoff and Neil Mayer
September 3, 2020: Zoom discussion “The View from Federation: Response to the Pandemic in New Jersey, the United States and the World” led by Dov Ben-Shimon, CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ
October 15, 2020: Zoom Presentation: Rabbi Dan Ornstein discussed his new book “Cain v Abel: A Jewish Courtroom Drama”
November 12, 2020: Zoom Presentation: Professor Amy Kalmanofsky, Dean, List College, discussed her book “Dangerous Sisters of the Hebrew Bible.”