Adult Education

You should never stop learning, no matter what your age is. Beth El has numerous opportunities to expand your Jewish education, whether you’re a novice or someone who went to yeshiva.scolnic 2

Rabbi Samuel Scolnic Adult Institute

Formerly the Saul Bendit Adult Institute, this award-winning program has two six-week semesters. Women, comic books, philosophers, humor, and Kashrut are just a few of the subjects you might find covered.

Study the Torah with Rabbi Harris

Rabbi Harris is leading a Parshat HaShavuah (the weekly Torah reading) study group on Wednesday mornings. This class meets weekly for three years and reviews each week’s reading following the triennial cycle. Texts are studied in English with reference to the Hebrew. Students of all experience levels are welcome. Classes are held each Wednesday from 9:30 – 11:00 am at Beth El.

Please contact Rabbi Harris at 301-652-2606 x305 for more information.

Rabbi Werbin’s King David Class

Hero, murderer, composer, warrior, leader, fugitive, anointed… King David is one of the most complex characters in the Jewish history. From shepherd to King, from loyalties to betrayals. Together with Rabbi Werbin, learn about King David’s life in the Bible and other sources. No previous knowledge is required to attend the class.

Please contact Rabbi Werbin at 301-652-2606 x329 for more information.

Age & Stage

Age & Stage is for groups of members to learn about their life cycle issues through a Jewish lens. Throughout the year, Beth El provides educational workshops to learn about different life cycle issues, through a Jewish lens.  Professional speakers and educators have taught on a wide range of topics such as retirement, difficult conversations with aging parents, and transitions in parenting as children leave the home.  This fall, we are continuing our parenting series, now in its second year, during which we will highlight an array of situations for parents with infants to teenagers. Contact Geryl Baer at for more information.

Parshat Class with Marilyn Fine

From September to June, this class meets on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 10:45 am to study the week’s parsha. The class will focus on a limited number of verses in Hebrew and English and discuss classical and contemporary insights on the text.

Rosh Chodesh: It’s a Woman Thing

Join Sisterhood/Zhava for this monthly program open to all women for learning, socializing, and discussion, led by adjunct clergyperson Rabbi Mindy Portnoy.  Sponsored by Sisterhood/Zhava. Check the Beth El calendar for dates and times.

Jews and Brews with Rabbi Harris

These monthly shiurim (lessons) are designed to let dads meet and complement what their children are learning in Religious School 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.

The no-cost class meets at the Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Bethesda from 9:00 pm to 11:00 once a month. For more information, please contact Rabbi Harris at 301-652-8569 x305.

A Taste of Talmud

This class, taught by Adjunct Rabbi David Abramson, meets every Tuesday morning year-round at approximately 8:15 am following morning minyan. All are welcome. There is no fee.