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Continuing Education

The study of sacred texts connects us with God and to others, enriches spiritual and educational growth, and helps us to live at our best. Lifelong learning opportunities include weekly Torah study and other learning sessions with Rabbi, Book Club, Abraham Salons, Adult B'nai Mitzvah, movies and discussion, guest lectures, educational outings and more.

ThursdayThu, 28 JulJuly, 2022

Rosh Hodesh Gathering

Thursday, Jul 28th 7:00p to 9:00pRosh Hodesh (New Moon) – the start of each Hebrew month - has been observed by Jewish women for centuries. Our Rosh Hodesh group at Beth Tikvah offers a unique opportunity to engage spiritually with those who identify as women, age 18 years and over, as we explore the narratives and trajectories of our own lives through the stories of Torah and other sacred texts. Each gathering offers a Jewish source study informed by that month's seasonal qualities, then expands to include deeper discussion, shared experiences, enjoyable activities, and a simple sharing of food and friendship. Gatherings are formally 90 minutes, with an option to remain longer with those who wish. Location details will be emailed to all new and past registrants.

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MondayMon, 1 AugAugust, 2022

 
 
Book Club "The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton" by Andrew Porwancher.

Monday, Aug 1st 7:00p to 8:00pIn "The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton", Andrew Porwancher debunks a string of myths about the origins of this founding father to arrive at a startling conclusion: Hamilton, in all likelihood, was born and raised Jewish. This radical reassessment of Hamilton’s religious upbringing gives us a fresh perspective on both his adult years and the country he helped forge. We will meet via zoom.

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SundaySun, 28 AugAugust, 2022

Rosh Hodesh Gathering

Sunday, Aug 28th 5:00p to 7:00pRosh Hodesh (New Moon) – the start of each Hebrew month - has been observed by Jewish women for centuries. Our Rosh Hodesh group at Beth Tikvah offers a unique opportunity to engage spiritually with those who identify as women, age 18 years and over, as we explore the narratives and trajectories of our own lives through the stories of Torah and other sacred texts. Each gathering offers a Jewish source study informed by that month's seasonal qualities, then expands to include deeper discussion, shared experiences, enjoyable activities, and a simple sharing of food and friendship. Gatherings are formally 90 minutes, with an option to remain longer with those who wish. Location details will be emailed to all new and past registrants.

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MondayMon, 12 SepSeptember, 2022

 
 
Book Club “People Love Dead Jews: Reports From a Haunted Present” by Dara Horn.

Monday, Sep 12th 7:00p to 8:00p In these essays, Horn reflects on subjects as far-flung as the international veneration of Anne Frank, the mythology that Jewish family names were changed at Ellis Island, the blockbuster traveling exhibition Auschwitz, the marketing of the Jewish history of Harbin, China, and the little-known life of the "righteous Gentile" Varian Fry. Throughout, she challenges us to confront the reasons why there might be so much fascination with Jewish deaths, and so little respect for Jewish lives unfolding in the present. As Horn explores the (not so) shocking attacks on the American Jewish community in recent years, she reveals the subtler dehumanization built into the public piety that surrounds the Jewish past—making the radical argument that the benign reverence we give to past horrors is itself a profound affront to human dignity. We will meet via ZOOM.

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Torah Study

Our clergy leads Torah study most Saturdays from 9:00-10:00 am. No prior experience is needed; the sessions are not cumulative. Participants are never put on the spot. Coffee is served along with meaningful conversations, wonderful people, laughter, questions, answers, and a few “aha!” moments.

Lunch & Learn

Rabbi Taron Tachman leads a series of monthly discussions on various aspects of Jewish life from October through May. This eight session course meets at 12:00 pm on the third Thursday of each month.

Book Club

The Beth Tikvah Book Club, sponsored by Adult Education, meets at 7:00pm on the first Monday of each month in the Temple, adjusted for holidays. We have for a lively discussion of a book we’ve selected and read. The chosen books have a connection to Judaism, and may be historical, cultural, fictional, or non-fiction.

Beth Tikvah Library

Whether you're carpooling to Religious School, and need appropriate theme music CDs like "Lots of Latkes" or the Aleph Bet song, or you're looking for a great read with a Jewish connection, the Beth Tikvah Library hosts thousands of materials in both English and Hebrew.

Whether you're carpooling to Religious School, and need appropriate theme music CDs like "Lots of Latkes" or the Aleph Bet song, or you're looking for a great read with a Jewish connection, the Beth Tikvah Library hosts thousands of materials in both English and Hebrew.

The Library provides access to Judaica materials relevant to our entire congregation. Materials include books, periodicals, videos, CD’s and DVD’s in Hebrew and English. The Library hopes to stimulate the study of Judaism and its history and practices as well as its relevance to daily life through a comfortable and supportive environment.

What You'll Find

Don't let the magic stay hidden in the library! Check out Jewish books, CDs, videos, and more.

Some current titles include:

  • "Kosher Cajun Cookbook" (adult)
  • "Naomi's Song" (teen)
  • "Mrs. Katz and Tush" (children)
  • CDs by Itzhak Perlman
  • Videos such as Shalom Sesame
  • View Current Collection Highlights

Library Wish List

Help us grow our library collection with items from our Wish List or more.

  • Donate to the congregation's Library Fundto honor or remember a special person or event.
  • Make a Bar/Bat Mitzvah special with centerpieces of books to donate after the party.

Items may be checked out for 2 weeks at a time.

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