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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
(check CBJ weekly email)


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 9 - Dec 14, 2020
on Zoom
(check CBJ weekly email)
Our country and the greater world are experiencing some of the most tumultuous times that any of us have every experienced. COVID-19, divisive politics, the upcoming Presidential election, and changes in the Middle East are just a few of the issues consuming our news outlets, social media, and every day conversations with family, friends, and loved ones. How do we process all of this? Are there teachings from the Torah that can give us much needed strength, support, and insight? Through respectful conversations and meaningful discussions we will approach these challenging topics and more issues and concerns that fill our days. News articles will often be shared and referenced for each class.
Pirkei Avot: Chapter 3
Mondays at 12:00 pm
Jan 11 - Feb 15, 2021
on Zoom
(check CBJ weekly email)
A close study of the third chapter of Pirkei Avot – The Ethics of our Fathers. No prior study of Pirkei Avot or participation in previous Pirkei Avot classes required.
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
on Zoom
(check CBJ weekly email)
Among the most familiar Psalms within both Jewish and non-Jewish traditions, Psalm 23 brings many immeasurable comfort and unending questions. Through a close read of Rabbi Kushner’s book and sharing personal stories of loss, insight, and strength we will explore Psalm 23 with compassion and empathy, and listening to each other with the desire to understand both shared and unique experiences.
Pirkei Avot: Chapter 4
Mondays at 12:00 pm
May 3 - June 14, 2021
on Zoom
(check CBJ weekly email)
A close study of the fourth chapter of Pirkei Avot – The Ethics of our Fathers. No prior study of Pirkei Avot or participation in previous Pirkei Avot classes required.


Cooking Classes

Let's Make Sufganioyt! 
with Karen Edidin
Monday, December 14
4:00 PM
It's Hanukkah! Time to enjoy fried foods and sufganiyot.
Join Karen to learn how to make sufganiyot from scratch.
Cooking with Symbols from the New Year
with Lawrence LeVine
Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
September 15, 22, 29 and October 6
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 @ 8:00 pm

May 5, 2021 @ 8:00 pm
Tue, June 22 2021 12 Tammuz 5781