Lifelong Learning

BHSS 2016-2017 Lifelong Learning Theme:

Transitions & Transformations

Join the Lifelong Learning committee as we embark on a year of transition with our new Interim Rabbi Barry Diamond.  We will discuss and learn about the transitional and transformational points in life, worship, music and study.  We will learn about stories of transition in the bible with our rabbinic intern Josh Fixler.


  • Adult Learning on Sunday Mornings – Join us Sunday mornings from 9 – 10 a.m. (beginning Sept. 11) as we explore what it means to live Jewishly in the 21st century. Four teachers, four subjects- sign up for as many as you like!  No previous knowledge or materials required.  Please RSVP to the synagogue office 201-512-1983 or by clicking here so we know you’re coming. Sessions will include coffee and bagels at 10 a.m.

1.  How Many Judaisms Are There and What Are My Choices?There has never been only one Judaism with a single set of beliefs.  Today, we have Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Judaism, but we also have additional movements such as Renewal, Reconstructionist, and even Humanist.  In this class, we will explore where these movements come from and what they have to offer us today.  Teacher: Rabbi Barry Diamond   Dates: Sep. 11, Sep. 18, Dec. 4, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Mar. 26, Apr. 30, May 14

2. Va’ani T’filahti L’cha — I am my prayer to you: Reform Jews and the Experience of Prayer

How do Jews pray? How is Jewish prayer changing in the 21st century? What is the purpose of our prayer — what does it do for us? What does it do for God? What does it do for the world? We will seek to answer all these questions and more. We will use the prayerbook as a jumping off point to explore prayer in our own lives. This is not a class on the “how-to” of prayer or the “what does it mean” of prayer. Rather it is an experience of exploring “what does prayer mean to me as a Jewish adult?” Teacher: Rabbinic Intern Josh Fixler

Dates: Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Dec. 11, Mar. 19, Apr. 23, May 21

3. Why I Think Leviticus is Best — But You Don’t Have To!

Coming as it does, after the beloved stories of Genesis and Exodus, Leviticus hits us with a load of ‘shalls’ and ‘shall nots’, not to mention sacrifice and a number of issues that make us cringe.  I will (try to) make the case that we can be the proud products of Leviticus, even as we are questioning and rejecting. Join in taking a new look at the biblical book that (most) everyone loves to hate!  Teacher: Sharon Halper  Dates: Oct. 30, Nov. 20, Jan. 8, Feb. 26, Mar. 12, May 7

4. My Religious Journey

Whether you grew up identifying as a Jew, or not, and whether or not you do now, please join us.  We will share our stories and learn from each other.  Each of our histories may be different, but I’ll bet we have lots in common!  Teacher: Rebecca McVeigh    Dates: Sep. 25, Oct. 16, Dec. 18, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Mar. 5, Apr. 2


About the Lifelong Learning Committee: Jewish learning is lifelong endeavor.  To that end, our committee is dedicated to bringing the congregation opportunities to continue your learning through a variety of experiences, programs, and levels of commitment.  We offer adult education, scholar in residence, trips, Torah study, and other congregational programming.  To learn more about Lifelong Learning or to join, please contact either of our co-chairs: Leslie Sapienza or Beth Dubiel.

For programs which require a fee, it is due by the registration deadline.

Link to the URJ page (great learning resource):