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Adult Education

Congregation Beth Judea offers a variety of adult education courses.  Classes and programs cover a wide range of topics.  We offer classes at various times and days to help meet the needs of our congregants.

All classes are being offered remotely. Check your weekly email and the CBJ Google Calendar for Zoom details.


Night Cap
with Rabbi Zimbalist
Thursdays @ 9:30 pm



Special Programs

Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema
New Dates Coming Soon
The annual Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema showcases a love and appreciation of Israeli culture. Screenings take place at various venues in the Chicago metropolitan area. Shown are Israel’s most current, internationally award-winning feature films, documentaries, shorts and TV shows, with guest appearances by Israeli filmmakers, film scholars, film critics and other film experts. 
Community Yom HaShoah 
Thursday, April 8, 2021
7:00 pm
Location TBD
Join us at the annual community commemoration. The Yom HaShoah commemoration is sponsored by Congregation Beth Am, Congregation Beth Judea, Temple Chai and AJEC. Details to follow.
Tikkun Leil
Sunday, May 16, 2021
7:00 pm
Join us for an inspiring evening of prayer, study and communal conversation as we celebrate receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. Dessert will be served.
Click here to RSVP.


Weekly Classes

Talmud Study: Tractate Sukkah
Rabbi Zimbalist
Sunday mornings
8 am
Join Rabbi Zimbalist for a lively discussion and learn about different aspects of the festival of Sukkot. What does it mean to “dwell” in a Sukkah? How tall must your Sukkah be to fulfill the mitzvah? Can you make blessings over a stolen lulav or etrog? No prior Talmud experience is required, just an open mind, creative thoughts and a desire to engage in meaningful conversation.
Heavenly Torah: As Refracted through the Generations
Orin Rotman
Wednesday evenings
8 pm
Beginning  TBD
Abraham Joshua Heschel shows how two fundamental theologies of revelation may be used to interpret a great number of topics central to Judaism. Excerpts to be discussed will be made available or this book can be obtained from local libraries or purchased on Amazon. 
Torah Study
Orin Rotman
Shabbat Mornings
9 am
Weekly study to discuss the parsha of the week.  We will discuss questions raised by the participants.


Lunch & Learn Series

A Closer Look:
Applying Sacred Lessons to Current Events
Mondays at 12:00 pm
Nov 7 - Dec 14, 2020
Pirkei Avot: Chapter 3
Mondays at 12:00 pm
Jan 11 - Feb 15, 2021
The Lord is My Shepherd: Healing Wisdom of the 23rd Psalm
by Rabbi Harold Kushner
Mondays at 12:00 pm
Apr 5 - Apr 26, 2021
Pirkei Avot: Chapter 4
Mondays at 12:00 pm
May 3 - June 14, 2021


Cooking Classes

Cooking with Symbols from the New Year
with Lawrence LeVine
One of the ways in which we celebrate Rosh Hashanah is by eating Simanim (literally "signs") or symbols of the new year. The most popular Simanim include apples dipped in honey and pomegranates. However, there are other symbols Save such as carrots, leeks and dates, which often don't get as much attention. 
The holiday season traditionally lends itself to gathering with family and friends - and what makes a Jewish gathering? Food of course... While this year may not offer the gathering opportunity, we still can eat. 
Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
September 15, 22, 29 and October 6
*** check weekly email/ CBJ Google Calendar for Zoom link details ***
We will cook together and create sides and desserts that include a "secret ingredient" - the Simanim.  
Sept. 15: Frosted Carrot Orange Cookies and Apples & Honey BBQ Sauce 
Sept. 22: Jeweled Black Rice Pomegranate Salad and Homemade Gravlax (fish)
Sept. 29: Honey Ginger Green Beans and Date Brownies
Oct. 6: Potato Leek Soup and Honey Peanut Butter Dip (w/Apples)


Tap the Torah

Orin Rotman
Sponsored by Men’s Club
Join us on Wednesday nights at 8pm for a lively Torah study while we down some beer, soft drinks and snacks! 
November 4, 2020 @ 7:45 pm 
February 17, 2021 @ 7:45 pm
May 5, 2021 @ 8:00 pm
Tue, October 20 2020 2 Cheshvan 5781