Past Classes

At United Community Church: Judaism and Christianity: Siblings. A 6-week class considering the origins, commonalities, differences between the two “Abrahamic faiths”, as well as the structure of the two communities.

What Happens After I Die…an examination of various answers to that question that have been (and are) espoused by various groups of Jews over the course of our history. Text: what Happens After I Die by Soncino and Syme.

Beth Israel's Scholar-in-Residence program's purpose is to bring to our congregation, experts on topics of Jewish interest for a weekend of intense study. Since its inception in 2005, we have had yearly weekends dedicated to such topics as: Esther, The Megilla of Exile; Good and Evil: Jewish Detectives in Literature; The Jewish Love affair With Food; An Overview of the Hebrew Bible; The Joy of Jewish Music-American Songbook, Klezmer; A Different Kind of Mitzvah: Judaism in the 21st Century, The Spirituality of Love and "The Bible Doesn't Say That" and "The Bible's Cutting Room Floor: The Holy Scriptures Missing from your Bible".

The Scholar Weekend takes place in late February or March. The format for the weekend is usually a Shabbat Service followed by an Oneg Shabbat, Saturday Service and Kiddish, or Torah and Dinner, and on Sunday, Brunch and Learn.

Beth Israel has had the pleasure of hosting the following guest scholars: A Musical Weekend with “The Band” featuring Paul and Kathy Storfer and David Kane, Rabbi Gustav Buchdahl, Rabbi Frank Sundheim, Rabbi Larry Maher, Rabbi Daniel Levin, Cantor Riselle Bain, Kevin Frye and the Mike Eisenstadt Klezmer Band and Dr. Joel Hoffman.
Beth Israel gladly accepts contributions to the Scholar-in Residence Fund.