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Adult Education Opportunities

Adult Education is a central focus of Congregation Beth El’s programming and we would welcome your participation. Our newly renamed award winning Rabbi Samuel Scolnic Adult Institute, the Beth El Adult Academy, a number of other weekly and periodic offerings, including Parshat ha Shavuah (weekly Torah portion) and Talmud classes, as well as panel discussions and lectures, are described below. Our classes are taught by clergy and expert lay persons. Classes are free unless otherwise indicated.

Congregation Beth El also encourages members who have ideas for new course offerings to contact our clergy, our staff or the Education VP with suggestions so that we may work together to start a new class or to expand the topics covered by our existing programs. If you have any questions regarding Adult Education opportunities at Congregation Beth El, including those described below, please send an e-mail to Congregation Beth El's Vice President of Education at: or contact the Congregation Beth El clergy/staff representatives identified below.

Rabbi Samuel Scolnic Adult Institute
(Formerly Saul Bendit Adult Insitute)

Other regularly scheduled offerings are presented below by day of the week:

Parshat ha Shavuah (weekly Torah portion) by Rabbi Rudolph
Class on Wednesday morning from 9 am to 10:30 am
This class is open to enrollment once every 3 years and continues for a 3-year period (corresponding to the triennial reading cycle) until the class graduates. The course is held on a weekly basis starting in September and continuing to the end of June. The class studies the Torah portion which will be read on the following Shabbat by using the Etz Haim Chumash translation and commentaries, to which Rabbi Rudolph adds his own commentaries and insights.

»There is no charge but permission is needed to attend since the number of participants is limited. The next cycle will begin in September 2015.
Please contact Rabbi Rudolph or 301-652-8569 x318 if you wish to put your name on a list for the next class.

Haftarah (weekly portion of the Prophets) by Rabbi Harris
Class on Wednesday morning from 9:30 am to 10:45 am
The haftarah (the weekly reading from the Prophets which is read following the reading of the Torah at the Shabbat morning service) and its connections to the appropriate Torah reading are examined.

Please contact Rabbi Harris at or 301-652-8569 x305

Parshat Class by Marilyn Fine
Class on Wednesday morning from 9:30 am to 10:45 am
This class meets from September to June and studies the week’s parsha by focusing on a limited number of verses in Hebrew and English and discussing classical and contemporary insights on the text.

Young Dad's Night Out by Rabbi Harris
Class at Rock Bottom Brewery downtown Bethesda, once a month at 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm
These monthly shiurim (lessons) are designed to have Dad's meet each other and complement what their children are learning in Religious or Jewish Day Schools. Discussion topics change each month and include: challenges from the Torah and the Talmud, understanding the Jewish life cycle, current events, parenting issues, and more.

»No cost for the class. Drop in once or each time.
Please contact Rabbi Harris at or
301-652-8569 x305

Sunday morning Men’s Club Speaker series
After the Sunday morning Minyan, Mens Club sponsors a breakfast and a program of approximately one-hour.
These programs are generally on Jewish issues, science/medicine, politics/elections or other topics. They are intended for the benefit and participation of the entire congregation with notices to the general community. The programs have included speakers from the Israeli Embassy, Ambassadors, journalists, members of Congress, leading scientists, local officials, Rabbis and congregants who are experts in their fields such as taxes, immigration reform, litigation, women's health, or the liturgy. At times movies that have Jewish content are shown.

Another featured program is the Perspectives in Dialog in which outside high profile speakers address members and non-members on Sunday morning in lieu of the regular speaker program.
In addition, Hearing Men’s Voices is held the first Thursday of each month at the synagogue. Issues of concern to men are addressed (e.g. religious issues, personal histories, ethical wills, observing Jewish laws and traditions).
The Men’s Club participates in the Federation of Jewish Men’s Club programs such as the World Wide Wrap, which teaches congregants how to use Tefillin, and discusses the history and background of putting on Tefillin.
Finally, Men’s Club sponsors a Mincha/Seudah Shlishit/Havdallah on the third Shabbat of each month at which a D'var Torah lesson and discussion is usually held.
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Senior Caucus Programs
The Senior Caucus sponsors cultural programs and lectures which explore Jewish music and art, consumer affairs, ethical wills, journalist reports, senior issues, and subjects of interest at the monthly Round Table with the Rabbi.

For more information, please contact Ricardo Munster at or
301-652-8569 x316
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Sisterhood Education Program
The Beth El Sisterhood usually sponsors two or three programs each year dedicated to Jewish learning.
For more information, click Sisterhood or

If you have any questions or require more information, regarding Adult Education opportunities at Congregation Beth El, including those described above, please send an e-mail to Congregation Beth El's Vice President of Education at:                         

Congregation Beth El is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism